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Adventure Film Series runs throughout the month

Arts News: WFF doc lab accepting applications; Whistler Independent Book Awards release shortlist 
Cozy up on the coach this month to check out the Whistler Film Festival’s Adventure Film Series, running with different outdoor films throughout August. Getty Images

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is hosting its sixth-annual Adventure Film Series online throughout the month. 

From Aug. 3 to 30, it will screen five feature and five short films, covering sports from mountain biking and deep water cave diving to kayaking, cycling, skiing and trail running. 

The feature films will debut on a Monday and can be viewed for $14 each. They will be available until the following Sunday on the festival’s online platform. (Or you can purchase a $50 pass to watch them all—shorts included.)  

Once you start a film, you have 24 hours to finish it.

“Whistler is a renowned outdoor adventure destination and, as this year has forced us all to adapt to the times, we’re bringing great outdoor stories to film fans, thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies who can’t make it here in person,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, the festival’s executive director and founder, in a release. “Audiences from across the country will be able to experience virtual adventures through these carefully curated films and personal stories.”

To see the full range of films or purchase tickets, visit

WFF accepting applications for doc lab

The WFF is now accepting applications for its online intense, two-phase doc lab. Up to 10 emerging Canadian documentary filmmakers with films of any length in any stage of development are eligible to apply for the program up until Sept. 10.

“Designed to provide an inclusive environment for project development and career acceleration, this online talent program includes an intensive series of workshops and six-month mentorship experience for documentary filmmakers that nurtures collaboration between creators, funders, and audiences through networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings and professional development sessions,” the description reads. 

Applicants will be assessed on their project’s potential in the marketplace, the strength of the story, outreach plan, and funding strategy. 

Those that focus on raising awareness, education, and motivating audiences to think critically are encouraged.

For more information or to apply, visit

Whistler Independent Book Awards announces shortlist 

The Whistler Independent Book Awards have revealed their 2020 finalists. 

Representatives from the Canadian Authors Association and Vivalogue Publishing reviewed submissions and selected six shortlisted titles.

In fiction they include: Jennifer Rouse Barbeau for Dying Hour, R.E. Donald for Yellowhead Blues, and C.V. Gauthier for Charlee LeBeau & The Gambler’s Promise. 

Non-fiction nominees include: Anna Byrne for Seven Year Summer, Laesa Faith Kim for Can’t Breathe, and Mary O’Sullivan for Lazarus Heart.

The finalist judges this year will be Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Darcie Friesen Hossack, J.J. Lee, and Susan Oakey-Baker. 

The winners will be announced during the Whistler Writers Festival, which is running online from Oct. 15 to 18. 

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