The Whistler Film Festival combines an esteemed international film competition with a concentrated industry summit organized to address the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking in the digital age. The Festival hosts filmmaking luminaries for an intimate five-day program of screenings, tributes, industry initiatives and special events.

To recognize the vitality of the art form, WFF will feature eight juried competitive sections and 15 awards with $146,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded ($31,500 in cash prizes and $115,000 in prizes), plus one audience award selected from up to 1,000 submissions. Up to 90 films (45 features and 45 shorts) from Canada and around the world, will be presented.

To recognize the vitality of this art form, the 2020 Festival will feature seven juried competitive sections and one audience award selected from over 1,000 submissions. Up to 90 films, including about 45 features and 45 shorts from Canada and around the world, will be presented. Canadian and international filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres: April 30th for early film submissions (discount on application); June 30th for regular submissions; and August 15th for late submissions.

Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature ($15,000 cash prize)
Supported by Directors Guild of Canada BC
Post Production prize included from Encore Vancouver

Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film

Best Director of a Borsos Competition Film

Best Screenplay for a Borsos Competition Film

Best Cinematography for a Borsos Competition Film

Just Watch Us! BC Directors Award

Best World Documentary

Best Mountain Culture Film

Best Canadian ShortWork ($1000 cash prize)

Best International ShortWork

Best BC Student ShortWork ($500 cash prize)

Audience Award presented by Fishermans Friend

Thank you for submitting to the 2020 Whistler Film Festival!

ALL submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway Online Screener, YouTube or Vimeo link only. You will be able to enter this info during the submission page.

You can contact our Submissions Department if you have additional questions at *Please do not contact us with questions or updates regarding your submission status or requests for waivers. WE DO NOT PROVIDE FILM FEE WAIVERS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES,


We do not provide film fee waivers, so please refrain from asking.

Entry fees are payable by all major credit cards via FilmFreeway.

The Whistler Film Festival accepts submissions of films of all lengths, subject matters and countries of origin.

All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019.

Non-English language films must be presented in English-subtitled versions.

Works in Progress are eligible for submission. Please be aware programmers only view the first version of a submitted film and will not accept a revised cut version of the film later in the submission process.

Documentary films are not eligible for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film.

Entries previously submitted to the Whistler Film Festival will not be considered.

There are no submission fee refunds.

Films cannot have been publicly telecast or available on the Internet prior to December 6, 2020, with the exception of film festival screenings that have moved online due to Covid 19.

Trailers are not eligible for selection purposes.


Applicants will be notified by October 31, 2020 of their final entry status via email to the FilmFreeway contact.

Due to time constraints, the Selection Committee will not be able to respond individually to filmmakers if your film is not accepted.

The Whistler Film Festival’s Director of Programming and Selection Committees review all film submissions.

Decisions made by the Whistler Film Festival are final.

The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.

No film, once programmed, can be withdrawn.

Each official selection will be required to provide a press kit upon acceptance containing the following:

A medium synopsis and one line synopsis
3-5 high-resolution stills of 1MB in size each minimum
Director Photo (also 1MB) and Bio
A full cast and crew list
Publicity contact if applicable
Premiere Status
Key Awards if applicable
A list of talent attending WFF with contact details
Canadian distributor and theatrical release date if applicable
Coverage restrictions
Secure online screener link,Blu-Ray and DCP
Minimum two copies of your poster for venue display
Print traffic information


Whistler Film Festival will accept ONLY the following screening exhibition formats:
Features: DCP (at our discretion), BluRay
Shorts: Digital file (under 10 GB)


All shipments for exhibition to the Festival must be prepaid. If you are selected to screen at WFF20, we will cover the cost of return shipping.

The Festival will ensure the integrity of the prints from the time of delivery to the Festival from the time that the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In the event of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must be notified of such loss or damage in writing by January 15, 2021. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer or distributor only to the cost of replacing the damaged print. The Whistler Film Festival does not assume liability for damage to prints due to improper shipping containers or otherwise.


The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) endeavours to take all reasonable anti-piracy precautions for copyrighted materials in our possession. By submitting to the WFFS, you release the Society from all risk and liability in the event of theft or breach of copyright of your materials while on Festival premises.


Upon selection, the entrant grants the Whistler Film Festival the right to utilize publicity materials related to the production (i.e. press kits, posters, stills, preview tapes, etc.) for promotional purposes in all mediums, including broadcast, print and internet.

All publicity materials for invited films (press kits, stills, posters, video clips) must arrive at the Festival at the sender's expense by October 10, 2020.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Whistler Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

The film has been submitted for consideration with the knowledge and consent of the Producer(s) listed in this form.

Participation in the Whistler Film Festival implies an understanding and acceptance of these regulations. The Festival reserves the right to rule on cases not foreseen by these regulations.

Overall Rating
  • The Whistler Film Festival was absolutely amazing, they set up opportunities to network with distributors and other industry professionals and take in some amazing panels and virtually meet an amazing group of filmmakers that made the difficulty of a COVID-19 year so much better than expected. I was so pleasantly surprised and hope I can go there in person again soon. Thank you to the Whistler Film Festival for making the 2020 festival awesome.

    December 2020
  • Carolyn Yonge

    This festival and summit is worth everything. I felt so taken care of as a filmmaker. I wish I could give more stars!

    December 2020
  • Colin mackenzie

    Loved it we were super excited to be there.

    March 2020
  • Lois Neu

    WFF2019 was Fabulous! Ski Legends sold out and the audience loved it. Great experience as the World Premiere! Thank you WFF2019

    January 2020
  • This festival made the industry feel like a community! Our team a great experience at the festival, the film selection was impeccable! The short work programming was especially enjoyed by us! Our film New Washing Machine won the Student Shortwork Award at the festival and it was such a great experience to work with the festival programmers and volunteers throughout the whole experience! Looking forward to next year!

    December 2019