first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (August,10, 2017) – Let the countdown begin! With less than 16 weeks to go until the Whistler Film Festival rolls out its 17th edition (November 29 – December 3), ‘Canada’s coolest film fest’ is marking the moment with its Celebrate WFF: Countdown Benefit on August 24, 2017 from 7pm to 11pm at the Big Rock Urban Brewery in Vancouver. WFF’s annual summer celebration and fundraiser brings together Hollywood North’s business leaders, luminaries and philanthropists to honour BC industry talent and supporters, and unveil highlights including some of the films and talent you can expect to see at this year’s fest.Get ready to eat, drink and be merry. The event features hearty canapes, food stations and a host bar as well as a Big Rock Brewery tour and tasting, plus live music featuring Vancouver musician and actor, Alexandra Staseson, who will be performing with Gogan LaRosa. Plus there will be a special guest appearances by WFF Alumni actor Mackenzie Grey and Charlie Kerr, who was recently recognized as one of the Variety 10 Canadians to Watch and was a WFF 2016 Star to Watch, attending the fest with the premiere of LOST SOLACE and AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN and with his band JPNSGRLS as part of WFF’s Music Showcase.Celebrate WFF will be hosted by Jim Gordon, who hosts/produces the weekly TV show “The Travel Guys”. When not on the road, Jim can be seen reviewing movies and DVD’s every Friday, locally, on CTV Vancouver’s “Morning Live” and CTV News at 5pm, and nationally, on CTV News Channel. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Auction and raffle proceeds will support WFF’s 2017 programs for Canadian talent, including industry initiatives, talent programs and the annual festival.WFF will shine the spotlight on eight honourees:Ignitor Award: Aleks PaunovicAward-winning actor Aleks Paunovic is a beloved Vancouver-based actor who is recognized for his extensive work in film and television and most recently graced the silver screen in the summer blockbuster WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (20th Century Fox). Aleks has starred in a number of films that have premiered at WFF over the years such as NUMB, WHAT AN IDIOT and HOODS. WFF will honour Aleks Paunovic as a true ‘ignitor’  who has charted his own unique course to create an impressive body of work, and who continues to ignite inspiration and positivity in the industry in BC.Industry Impact Award: Directors Guild of Canada, British ColumbiaWFF’s Industry Impact Award recognizes an organization whose contributions have led to the success of their members, their partners and the British Columbia Film and TV industry as a whole, and whose support in the community continues to put the province on the map. DGC BC has been a partner of WFF since 2004 with its ongoing support of the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature. For 13 consecutive years, 107 entries in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by legendary Canadian filmmaker, Phillip Borsos. Jurors have included some of the most high profile talent in the Canadian industry and the Borsos Award has become one of the most coveted in the country. WFF will honour DGC BC for its ongoing support of industry, festival and the Borsos Competition, which collectively have been vital to their ongoing success.BC Women on Top Award: Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler, Screen Siren PicturesWith numerous awards and prestigious festival screenings under their belts, BC-based producer powerhouses Trish Dolman and Christine Haebler of Screen Siren Pictures have been carving their own path in the Canadian independent film and television landscape for over 20 years. Trish and Christine have long supported the WFF’s mentorship programs and industry initiatives with Trish also serving on its Board of Directors. WFF will honour this inspiring duo with its 2017 BC Women on Top Award which highlights women who have created their own niche in the independent film and TV landscape while supporting and encouraging industry in BC.BC Creates Award: Cynde & Alan HarmonVeteran filmmakers Cynde and Allan Harmon have produced and directed films and television for over 29 years, including feature IF I HAD WINGS which premiered at WFF in 2013 and have over 250 broadcast hours to their credit. The Harmon team launched Really Real Films in Vancouver in 1998, which develops, finances and produces independent film and television projects for the domestic and international marketplace, and have been associated with many high profile personalities such as Robert Altman, and Ridley Scott, Patrice Laconte, Jean Pierre Roux and Ken Davis. They both have invested endless hours in giving back to the community through mentorship and development opportunities provided for emerging content creators as well as  active participation in industry organizations. WFF will honour both Cynde and Allan Harmon with its 2017 BC Creates Award, which celebrates individuals in the BC Film and TV industry who continue to nurture, support and create in BC.WFF Talent to Watch: Michelle OuelletVancouver based producer and director Michelle Ouellet is building quite the filmography for herself with her third feature film PRODIGALS set to release this year. Michelle impressed programmers and audiences at the Whistler Film Festival in 2013 with her second feature AFTERPARTY, and has since gone on to direct and produce numerous television series including PARANORMAL SOLUTIONS INC. With a slate of films and television series on her horizon, Michelle is on a trajectory for success. WFF will salute Michelle as the 2017 Alumni to Watch recipient.Industry Toast: Tom RoweOn July 2, the local industry was deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Tom Rowe. A highly skilled, award winning film and television producer and mentor to many, Tom was a fixture in the community and a prolific contributor to the success of production in BC for almost 40 years. He began career as an assistant director on shows as diverse as THE GREY FOX and SCTV, and went on to co-found Pacific Motion Pictures in 1989 and produce 80 movies for television and seven theatrical motion pictures, and then co-found Reunion Pictures in 2004, best known for the massive worldwide hit show CONTINUUM. Tom was the Producer Mentor for the 2017 WFF Praxis Screenwriters Lab and attended phase one in June. WFF will toast Tom as a great friend and supporter of BC’s industry.Celebrate WFF Info:Celebrate WFF tickets are $75 per person until August 23 and $95 on the day of the event. Guests are invited to join the Whistler Film Festival Society’s Patrons Circle to receive event tickets as part of an annual benefits package of benefits that includes exclusive access to the Whistler Film Festival. Tickets are available at or by calling 604-938-3203. This is a 19+ event.Celebrate WFF is sponsored by Big Rock Brewery and Re/max Sea to Sky Real Estate, and is supported by many generous donors who contributed to the silent auction and raffle.About WFF:From November 30th to December 4th, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 17th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs.The Whistler Film Festival is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Western Economic Diversification, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. 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