Film festival kicks off with C.R.A.Z.Y. 

Parties, workshops, screenings through Sunday

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If you are not checking out films, there are plenty of parties and filmmaking workshops to participate in during the Whistler Film Festival, Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 4.

The Opening Gala today, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Telus Conference Centre, kicks the festival off with the award-winning film, C.R.A.Z.Y ., a coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Quebec. Three short films follow the feature as part of the Whistler Stories legacy program, including local filmmaker Rebecca Wood Barrett’s First to Go Down and Feet Banks’s Sojourn . Tickets are $25.

The festival pays homage to one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers, Robert Lantos, Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at MY Millennium Place. Lantos is most famous for his films, Being Julia, The Sweet Hereafter and Men with Brooms . Tickets are $15.

After the tribute, the festival shifts into a different kind of celebration with the 5 th Anniversary Party at 9 p.m. at the Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC). Tickets are $25.

The Awards Brunch Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Westin Resort honours the festival’s finest films with multiple awards, including the $10,000 Borsos Award for Best New Canadian Feature. Tickets are $35.

Gain insight into the filmmaking medium with various workshops offered at the Bell Filmmaker Forum over the weekend. From learning about Trends in International Distribution and New Directions in Documentaries to looking Inside the Actor’s World and Digital Demo: HD for Indies, participants have the rare opportunity to learn from the best in the business. Workshops $25.

For more information and package ticket prices, visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.

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