This Wednesday, Whistler Film Festival kicks off their 17th year of programming with over 80 screenings, events, music showcases and much more, we are definitely in for a treat. Here are our top tips to make the most of your #WFF!

1.Buy your Whistler Film Festival tickets in advance

The best bet for getting into the events and specific films you want to see is to buy your tickets in advance. This seems obvious, but competition for door sales is fierce and purchasing tickets in advance is the only way to reserve your spot for the film that you are interested in. You can purchase your tickets in advance online on the Whistler Film Festival website or in person at the Whistler Film Festival Box Office (401 Whistler Way).

2. Universal QR Code

Are you ready to be introduced to the BEST feature that will revolutionize your experience at Film Festivals all around the world?! Meet the Showpass universal QR code… all your tickets on one…single… QR code. No more having to ruffle around your bag for a specific ticket. With your universal  QR code, you will have access to all your shows. Follow these steps to find your Universal code:

Log into your Showpass Account

  • Via App:
  • Click the three white lines in the top left hand corner Select “My Showpass” and your Universal QR code will appear
  • Save it to your phone’s photos or open the app at the Festival
  • Via Web:
  • Click on your name in the top right hand corner and select purchases
  • Once the page has loaded, it will be the first thing that pops up in the window under your ticketsPrint it out and bring it with you to the Festival

3. Download the Showpass App

Download the Showpass App for quick access to your film tickets, times and theatre locations. You are also able to buy movie tickets on the go! Just in case you decide to spontaneously see another film because you just can’t seem to get enough…You can also access all of your purchases in the app.

4. Know your schedule

Nothing is worse than showing up to find out the film you were excited to see happened two hours earlier! Know your schedule in advance and manage your time wisely- make yourself a pocket schedule to carry around with you or set reminders on your phone to ensure that you give yourself the right amount of time to get the the films. Find the full schedule here. 

5. Early Bird Gets The Worm

Learn to love lines! Film Festivals are all about lineups and meeting other film buffs, after all, you aren’t the only ones excited for the particular film! Want our advice? Show up at least thirty minutes early to ensure that you (and your group) get the seats you want!

6. For Industry Pass-holders – have a plan, a backup plan, and a make-it-on-the-fly plan

Access for industry pass-holders is not a guarantee. If you do not get into a film you want to see, make sure you have a backup plan. Find out what other films have screenings close by and near the same time. Download the Whistler Film Festival schedule and keep it with you so that you are always in the know. 

7. Know Your Route & Theatre Locations

Make sure to do your research beforehand so you are well prepared and know the best ways to get to all of the theatres and where the optimal parking lots are for each theatre. Don’t forget to plan for high volumes and ensure you know alternate travel options in case parking is extremely difficult. Don’t let logistics hold you back from seeing your favourite films!

8. Have A Blast!

Most importantly, you have the tickets, you’ve made it to Whistler, all that’s left to do is have fun; be friendly, meet new people and enjoy the films and events happening around the village!