Festival Diary: 

Loss of Eighteen makes way for more Weird Sex

Producers of the film Eighteen have withdrawn the entry from the Whistler Film Festival citing post-production sound problems.

The Vancouver production was one of six contenders for the inaugural Philip Borsos award for best Canadian feature film making its world premiere at the festival.

Directed by Richard Bell, Eighteen is a story about a street kid forced to confront his past upon receiving his grandfather’s WWII memoirs. The film’s score was composed by maestro Bramwell Tovey and recorded by the entire Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at CBC Radio’s Vancouver Studio One.

The Borsos competition will proceed with the remaining five films.

Screening in place of Eighteen on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. at Village 8 Cinemas is a second showing of Jill Sharpe’s Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche. The world premiere documentary film based on film critic Katherine Monk’s book of the same name established itself as an early hot ticket and was expected to sell out at the time of Eighteen’s withdrawal. Sharpe and Monk will attend both screenings.

It appears documentaries are hot sellers across the board. The festival has added a second screening of North Vancouver director Stan Feingold’s film Prisoners of Age, also a world premiere at the Whistler fest. The film examines the issues surrounding geriatric prisoners based on a project by photographer Ron Levine. Prisoners screens twice on Friday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Village 8 Cinemas.

It should also be noted that the documentary Call it Karma , director Geoff Browne’s chronicle of a pilgrimage across Tibet with a Buddhist monk, is in fact a world premiere screening and not a North American premiere as listed in the festival program. The film screens Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Village 8 Cinemas.

For all the most up to date festival information check out www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

Three Vancouver writers shortlisted for Short Scripts

Prize winner to be chosen at Filmmaker Forum’s Script Analysis workshop

Vancouver screenwriters Jessica Bradford, Robert J. Kirbyson and Kirby Morrow have been selected as the three competitors for the Whistler Film Festival’s inaugural Short Scripts competition.

An initiative of the fest and Vancouver-based script development/promotion agency Alibi Unplugged, the contest called for original eight-minute scripts on the theme of "Canadian Adventure."

Short list subject matter ranges from arranged marriage in Bradford’s A Canadian Affair , to hockey traditions in Morrow’s The Boxing Day Classic to a relationship road movie in Kirbyson’s Stuck .

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