WFF accepting submissions for writer and producer labs 

Arts news: museum revisits the Olympics; library hosts armchair tour

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAVID BUZZARD/ WWW.MEDIA-CENTRE.CA - film fans The Whistler Film Festival might be known for its red carpets, but writers and producers can also submit to be part of the festival's annual labs as well.
  • Photo by David bUZZARD/ WWW.MEDIA-CENTRE.CA
  • film fans The Whistler Film Festival might be known for its red carpets, but writers and producers can also submit to be part of the festival's annual labs as well.

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) might have wrapped up just two months ago, but already organizers are looking ahead to 2018.

Last week, WFF announced that submissions are now open for both the 2018 Feature Project Lab and Praxis Screenwriters Lab programs. Six writers and six producers from across Canada will be chosen to take part in the two-phased programs, running in Whistler from June 4 to 8 and then again as part of the 2018 festival from Nov. 28 until Dec. 2.

"Over the past few years we've seen Canadian writers and producers gain significant traction with projects they've brought through our two-phased programs," said Angie Nolan, WFF's director of industry programming. "The in-depth summer workshop and ongoing mentorship of phase one, combined with intensive industry immersion of phase two during the festival, provides the kind of vital feedback and relationship building that is crucial to the success of the participants and their projects."

The Screenwriters Lab focuses on helping writers advance feature-length projects from the script stage into production by offering mentorship from industry experts. The Feature Project Lab, meanwhile, focuses on helping producers advance their dramatic feature projects, as well as facilitate relationships and investment in film projects with appeal in both the U.S. and internationally.

The deadline for the Screenwriters Lab is March 15 and the deadline for the Feature Project Lab is March 29. To access application forms and to read the full guidelines visit whistlerfilmfestival.com.

Museum Speakers Series talks Olympics

The Whistler Museum is marking the 2018 Winter Olympics with a look back at when Whistler played host to the Games.

Behind the Games: Creating the 2010 Olympic Experience is set to run on Thursday (Feb. 15) as part of its ongoing Speaker Series. Featuring a panel that includes John Rae, Maureen "Mo" Douglas and Kristen Robinson, the discussion will offer a behind-the-scenes look at what went into organizing the international event — including the "performances, cultural exhibits and shared experience among spectators," according to the museum.

Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. with the talk starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 (or $5 for museum and Club Shred members), available at the museum or by calling 604-932-2019.

Go on an armchair tour

Have you ever wanted to travel to India? Get a taste of the country through photographer Craig Barker's images at the Whistler Public Library on Thursday (Feb. 15).

Taking place as part of the library's Armchair Tours — an initiative in which local photographers share their unconventional travel stories — Barker will showcase his 2014 adventure and share the stories behind the images he captured.

"I'm sharing my story with you to inspire your own introspection during your next journey," he writes.

Catch the event at the library at 7 p.m. For a preview of some of his images visit steepshotphotography.com.

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