The Whistler Film Festival celebrated its 15th anniversary this year and it’s easy to see why it’s known as Canada’s coolest film festival!
The picture perfect town attracts a lot of celebrities during the fest, but also year round from Justin Bieber to Tom Hanks.
At this year’s WFF Kiefer Sutherland’s upcoming film Forsaken was screened and he was honoured as a Trailblazer in Acting.
Whistler’s top award went to the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe-nominated drama Carol, starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, which had its Canadian premiere at the festival. Organizers were thrilled to open the festival with this critically acclaimed film, which has since garnered five Golden Globe nods including both Mara and Blanchett nominated in the Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture Drama category.
In addition to premieres and parties, Whistler is the perfect place for some of the stars to enjoy some spectacular outdoor activities. Each year the festival hosts the celebrity ski challenge at Whistler Blackcomb – previous participants include Jason Priestley and Rachelle Lefevre.
Whistler Blackcomb originally opened for skiing 50 years ago and is the largest ski resort in North America. It consistently rates among the top places on the continent to ski and snowboard and BC’s Priestley agrees!
“It’s not hard to speak of the awesomeness of this place,”; he says. “I’ve been up this mountain hundreds of times, but I’m continually shocked by how this place has changed.”;
After a day on the slopes the stars can après ski at the Blackcomb mountain’s newly renovated Rendezvous Lodge and Christine’s Restaurant.