Ski, Watch, Repeat: A Cinematic Escape at the 2023 Whistler Film Festival

As we wait patiently for the forecasted snow to blanket the slopes, the buzz for the 2023 Whistler Film Festival is building up! Coming back to our picturesque mountain town, this year’s film festival is the talk of the town – an absolute must! And we’ve got the inside scoop, not just on the festival, but the films you absolutely can’t miss. Get ready for a cinematic adventure that’ll stay with you long after the credits roll.


Three people jumping with joy in front of a film premier screen


The Festival Buzz: Lights, Camera, Whistler!

Not far from Canada’s ‘Hollywood of the North’, the 2023 Whistler Film Festival promises a cinematic extravaganza. From red carpet premieres to industry sessions, talent programs, and star-studded parties, it’s a celebration of film in a breathtaking mountain setting.

Unlocking a world of universal connection, Lexicon, a captivating short film showcased at the festival, artfully portrays skiing as more than just a sport. Across the snowy landscapes of Japan to the majestic mountains of Canada, it gracefully underscores the transformative power of adventure and the profound bonds forged when we wholeheartedly embrace shared passions.


Lexicon WFF Poster 2023


Slopes and Silver Screens: A Winter Wonderland Awaits

Picture this: gliding down snowy slopes during the day and settling in for captivating cinematic tales by night. Opening Day for Whistler Blackcomb is just around the corner on November 23, dishing out the perfect mix of winter sports and movie magic. It’s the real deal, just like the warm welcome of Whiski Jack Resorts—your cozy home away from home.


Man skiing down mountain


Think relaxing self-contained apartments, crackling fireplaces, and spacious digs, with some even throwing in a heated pool and a bubbling hot tub for good measure. Your winter adventure kicks off right here, where the thrill of the slopes meets the charm of movie nights.


Premier Locations for Premieres: Walk to the Stars

Our Village Gatehouse residences and Tyndall Stone Lodge, are strategically located within a snowball’s throw from most film premieres and events. As esteemed accommodation partners, we encourage you to seize the opportunity and book early – secure your Whistler stay before November 15 to enjoy substantial savings.


Outside view of two vacation rental properties in whistler, covered in snow.


Just steps away from Rainbow Theatre and Village 8 Cinema, you’re in the heart of the action. For slope side lodging, Woodrun Lodge and The Aspens offer easy access to the Blackcomb Gondola.


Must-See Films: Where Reality Meets the Reel

Now, let’s talk about the reel magic. One film that’s creating quite a stir is Altona. A true crime documentary that goes beyond the ordinary, it explores forgiveness after a deadly attack shattered a community. It’s a powerful narrative presented by the award-winning Affolter brothers, combining stunning animation with eyewitness accounts.


Altona WFF 2023


American Fiction, Cord Jefferson’s hilarious directorial debut, confronts our culture’s stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a novelist fed up with the establishment profiting from tired tropes. It’s a thought-provoking journey through the heart of hypocrisy.


American Fiction WFF 2023


And then there’s May December, a star-studded exploration of truth and storytelling, featuring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, and Charles Melton. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Camden, Maine, it unravels family dynamics under the gaze of Hollywood, offering a profound exploration of understanding one another.


May December WFF 2023


Now, don’t let a moment of this cinematic spectacle slip away! Join us for the 23rd Whistler Film Festival from November 29 to December 3, 2023, hosted by the non-profit Whistler Film Festival Society. Secure your screening and event tickets directly at, and don’t forget to book before Nov 15 before our best rates of the season are gone. We can’t wait to welcome you for an unforgettable experience!