Festival on the Mountain takes cinema to new heights
VINICIUS MELLO - Whistler is a must go destination for those who come to Western Canada. Located 120 km from Vancouver, Whistler has 24 hotels, hundreds of restaurants and pubs, 200 stores and 25 spas. A unique destination with great options for skiing and snowboarding. Imagine a place where you can go skiing in the morning and enjoy great movies at night at the growing Whistler Film Festival.
On November 30th Whistler Film Festival (WWF) celebrated its 11th edition with several awards and activities for the movie lovers. 82 films were screened in the festival and 13 world premiers. With an average of 3 thousand attendees, the festival had a crew of 500 professionals, including 150 volunteers. Besides the four theaters located in the Whistler village, attendees were able to enjoy Pixar’s great movies in the open area of Whistler Olympic Plaza.
Whistler Film Festival Society, a non-profit organization helped by the local government, which offers workshops and programs for filmmakers and promotes new talents in the industry, is responsible for the organization of this amazing Festival. Currently, WWF is considered to be one of the most important film festivals in Canada.
According to the Festival’s executive director, Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler Film Festival is a place that builds dreams.
“It has become a very inclusive event, which connects different professionals in the film industry” said Mishaw.
This year the Whistler Film Festival screened a selection of great films, such as Philippe Falardeau’s “Monsieur Lazha”, which tells the story of a refugee Algerian professor.
Brazilian-Canadian actress, Dalila Bela, starred in the short “Help Joanna Make Friend”, directed by Jeremy Lutter. The 10-year old plays the role of a lonely girl who has difficulty making friends and decides to build robot friend. Bela said she could relate to the character in the movie as she has experienced the same problems in real life.
“It was the first time I played the protagonist role and I felt very good about it. I loved making this short film!” She said.
Get ready to enjoy the 2012 edition of the festival; it is going to be even better!
More information about “Help Joanna Make Friend” on the website: www.helpjoannamakeafriend.com