The Whistler Film Festival is pleased to announce the six films that will compete in the 11th annual Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film presented by the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia for a cash prize of $15,000, the second largest cash film festival prize for a Canadian film in the country. WFF also recognizes the Best Performance in a Borsos Film, won by Tatiana Maslany for the past two consecutive years for her performance in Jason Priestley's CAS & DYLAN (2013) and Kate Melville's PICTURE DAY (2012).

New for 2014, the Whistler Film Festival has introduced two inaugural awards for the Borsos Competition including Best Direction and Best Screenplay of a Borsos Film. Additionally, a $15,000 Post Production Prize from Encore Vancouver will be presented to the winning Borsos title for Best Canadian Feature. 

Launched in 2004 in honor of legendary Canadian filmmaker Phillip Borsos, the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film celebrates independent vision, original directorial style and the diversity of talent found in Canadian film. For the past ten years, the Borsos Competition entries have exuded the creative fire and artistry embodied by filmmaker Phillip Borsos who was known for his inspiring work on the Genie Award-winning films THE GREY FOX (1982), and BETHUNE: THE MAKING OF A HERO (1990).

To compete in the Borsos Competition, films must be at least Western Canadian premieres. An esteemed international jury of three will announce the winner at the Whistler Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Whistler Conference Centre. Past jury presidents include Luc Déry, Martin Katz, Bruce Greenwood, Ivan Reitman, Donald Sutherland, Atom Egoyan, Norman Jewison and Robert Lantos. This year's jury members will be announced in November. The 2013 Borsos Competition winner was Bruce McDonald's THE HUSBAND. 

The following six films will compete in the esteemed Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature and directors will be in attendance:





World Premiere
Director: Sean Garrity

After two entries in the 2012 Borsos Competition, Sean Garrity presents a fairy tale retelling of the Cinderella story set in the world of fashion design. Co-written by Kate Melville, a previous Borsos Best Picture winner for PICTURE DAY and produced by Don Carmody, Gabrielle Martinelli, Jane Silverstone-Segal and Robin Crumley the film stars Portia Doubleday, Marc-André Grondin, Chris Noth and Lauren Holly. 

bang bang baby  

Western Canadian Premiere
Director: Jeffrey St. Jules

With his debut feature, Jeffrey St. Jules delivers the wildly original musical set in teh 60s following a small town teenager dealing with her dreams of becoming a singing sensation, even as a toxic chemical leak threatens the local population with mutations. Produced by Daniel Bekerman, Don Allan and Jonathan Bronfman, BANG BANG BABY stars Jane Levy, Peter Stormare, Justin Chatwin and Nick Bateman. 

Felix and Meira  

FÉLIX AND MEIRA (Félix et Meira)
Western Canadian Premiere
Director: Maxime Giroux

Just off of a win for Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Maxime Giroux (JO FOR JONATHAN, WFF 2010) presents this unusual love story, between a lonely francophone man in Montreal and the married Hasidic Jewish mother to whom he feels a connection. Tradition, loneliness and desire make for strange bedfellows in this contemporary Canadian tale of longing. Produced by Nancy Grand and Sylvain Corbeil, FÉLIX AND MEIRA stars Martin Dubreuil, Hadas Yaron and Luzer Twersky. 


World Premiere
Director: Cameron Labine

Our Whistler setting provides particular relevance to director Cameron Labine's spectacular comedic/dramatic tale of survival in the harsh Rocky Mountain winter, as two enstranged brothers must bury their differences if they wish to survive their struggle to descend a mountain against incredible odds. Produced by Jason James and stars Tyler Labine and Chace Crawford. 

Relative Happiness  

Western Canadian Premiere
Director: Deanne Foley

In this hilarious romantic comedy directed by Deanne Foley, Lexie, an overweight but feisty bed and breakfast operator in Nova Scotia, is running out of time to find a date to her beautiful sister's wedding when in walks the hunk of her dreams. Produced by Alan Collins, Lynne Wilson and Avi Federgreen RELATIVE HAPPINESS stars Australian actress Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole and Jonathan Sousa.  


WOLVES (Les Loups)
World Premiere
Director: Sophie Deraspe

Previous Borsos award winner Sophie Deraspe (VITAL SIGNS, WFF 2009) tells the story of Élie, a young covalescent woman, who lands on a remote North Atlantic island during the spring thaw. In this isolated world, people's lives and deaths are shaped by the brute forces of nature. Élie feels both drawn to and repelled by the men engaged in the annual seal hunt. Élie'a presence arouses curiosity and mistrust. Maria, the village matriarch and den mother, seeks to uncover the secret reason behind Élie's visit. WOLVES explores the profound need for beloging. Produced by Marc Daigle of ACPAV, one of the most consistent producers of quality Quebec films and Sophie Salboat of Athénaïse/France, this film stars Evelyne Brochu, Louise Portal and Gilbert Sicotte.