The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is celebrating its 10 th anniversary in a big way this year, and organizers have pulled no punches with their impressive lineup of feature-length and short films, which was released to the public last week.
Ranking high on the list of industry names and film competitions is the hotly anticipated world premiere of Canadian filmmaker Bruce MacDonald's Hard Core Logo II, the sequel to his 1996 cult classic mockumentary, Hard Core Logo .
"A lot of people love that film, so I think it's sort of a big deal that we've got that world premiere and we're really excited about having that," said Stacey Donen, artistic director at WFF.
"I think to have a world premiere of such an important film is hopefully a statement of who we are as a festival and the kinds of films we do and what we stand for in terms of independent film and in terms of our connection to Canadian films and filmmakers."
Two more MacDonald films will be screened at WFF, as well: Trigger and the documentary Music From The Big House .
Hard Core Logo II is screening as part of the annual Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature, a competition that carries with it a $15,000 prize and recognizes independent vision, original directorial style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian independent cinema.
MacDonald will have some tough competition in the Borsos category: he's up against Jacob Tierney's Good Neighbours , Jo Pour Jonathan by Maxime Giroux, Ed Gass-Donnelly's Small Town Murder Songs , Whistleblower from Larysa Kondracki and Michael Greenspan's Wrecked .
"I think it's pretty strong, and different kinds of films from different places," Donen said fo the Borsos competition, adding that it wasn't easy to narrow down the films to six.
"It's always hard any time you have to select things, but I think the stature of some of these films is, for us, unprecedented in terms of the films that we have opportunity to plan. And I think as we continue to establish ourselves as a festival, we're getting access to that kind of material."
This year, to mark the festival's 10th anniversary, the lineup boasts a total of 56 premieres - nine world premieres, five North American premieres, five Canadian premieres, 21 Western Canadian premieres, two English Canadian premieres and 14 B.C. premieres.
"When I started last year, I made a commitment to show films here that haven't yet played in British Columbia," Donen explained.