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WFF grows and transforms in 10th year


A newly expanded Whistler Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 1 this year, running for five days instead of the four in previous years. Celebrating the festival's 10 th anniversary this year, organizers have decided to rechristen the annual industry component of the event, transforming what was formerly known as the Whistler Filmmaker Forum into the Whistler Summit.

"The newly named Whistler Summit expands the increasingly popular industry conference which has developed a reputation as the place to do business and connect with decision makers in North America," Whistler Summit Program Manager, Angela Heck, explained in a recent press release. "With borders breaking down like never before, we are able to attract key international executives interested in meeting and doing business with Canadian producers."

The Whistler Summit attracts a wide range of producers from around the world who are looking to move their projects forward in an increasingly competitive international environment. This year's schedule features a series of producer roundtable sessions, panel discussions, speaker series, one-on-one meetings, interactive workshops, and networking events designed to provide a range of professional development and networking opportunities for filmmakers. Organizers expect more than 500 industry delegates representing over 100 companies and five countries to attend this year.

In addition to the industry aspect of the event, the 2010 WFF will feature more than 80 films from Canada and around the world, including premieres from some of North America's top directors. Other events include tributes to filmmakers and the annual Celebrity Challenge ski race.

Early bird industry registration, passes and accommodation packages went on sale on Sept. 1, and will be available online until Oct. 31. The full festival lineup and schedule will be announced on Nov. 1, with individual film and special event tickets going on sale online exclusively for American Express card members that same day. General ticket sales begin on Nov. 18. For more information on the festival, visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

More film fun for Whistler residents

The Whistler Public Library is getting in on the independent film action, launching a new film series earlier this month.

Through a new subscription to the Film Movement series, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the library will screen a foreign or art film on a monthly basis. Film Movement is a group that scours the world's top film festivals looking for the best films from thousands of entries. All films will be screened in their original language, with English subtitles. And seeing as they are unrated, they aren't recommended for children under the age of 18.

Through a new subscription, the WPL will have a new award-winning film sent to them each month. Then, after a free screening, the film will be added to the library's collection for patrons to check out with their library card.