Whistler Film Festival starts today!

Whistler Film Festival starts today!

The 11th annual Whistler Film Festival starts today.  "Prepare for the Unexpected" over the next 5 days! There will be lots of special guests in Whistler this week including comedian and actor Patton Oswalt (Big Fan, The Informant and Ratatouille, as the voice of Remy). Patton stars opposite Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman's darkly funny Young Adult. A special advance screening of Young Adult will be shown tonight at the Whistler Conference Centre.  Following the screening will be a Spotlight Award for Supporting Performance of the Year to Patton Oswalt.

Michael Shannon honoured at Spotlight Tribute & Gala

Another star will be visiting Whistler for the festival. Actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, TakeShelter, Boardwalk Empire) will be honoured at this year's Spotlight Tribute & Gala this Saturday. Michael Shannon is currently filming Man of Steel in Vancouver, Canada which is due for release in 2012.  The Tribute will take place from 7pm to 9pm at the Whistler Conference Centre and will be followed by the Gala celebration at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre from 9pm to 2am.

Highlights of the Whistler Film Festival

Highlights of the Whistler Film Festival include tonight's Opening Gala, a free outdoor showing of Pixar cartoons at the Whistler Olympic Plaza, Awards Brunch and the Closing Gala.  The Closing Gala will feature a special presentation of Warren Miller latest ski and snowboarding adventure Like There's No Tomorrow.    Like There's No Tomorrow features fresh snow, breathtaking scenery, and some heart stopping action shots.  This is the perfect film to wrap up the 2011 Whistler Film Festival and to celebrate the start of the winter season at Whistler Blackcomb.  Check out the trailer of Like There's No Tomorrow below!

Must Watch Films

Other must watch films at the festival include:

RAINFOREST: THE LIMITS OF SPLENDOR - Director Richard Boyce and friend - an elderly chief of the Kwaxkwaka'wakw people, inspires a cinematic journey into in the most remote corner of Vancouver Island.  Boyce sets out to observe if the ancient forest can survive the massive industrial tree farming that is decimating the landscape surrounding his home. He takes us through some of the most intensive logging on the planet, into a wilderness that is near extinction.

DOPPELGANGER PAUL (OR A FILM ABOUT HOW MUCH I HATE MYSELF) - Following a near death experience, Karl comes to believe that Paul, a stranger he sees on the street, is his doppelganger. After stalking him for several weeks, Karl finally makes contact thus setting in motion a bizarre chain of events that will result in the loss of a thumb, the theft of a manuscript, rides on a miniature railroad, and a trip to Portland in a 1984 Chevy VanDura and two appearances on a popular morning talk show.

IN THE FAMILY
Chip, six years old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. When Cody dies in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing. Just as they do, Eileen--Cody's sister--reveals that Cody's will made her Chip's guardian. The years of Joey's acceptance into the family seem suddenly undone and Chip is taken away. Armed with his friends support and inspired by his memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and closer to Chip.

THE LADY
The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and the academic and writer Michael Aris; a true story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues today in Burma. Starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.

For more information and to see the complete film schedule, visit Whistler Film Festival.

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