Whistler’s full programme to be announced Nov 1.

The 12th annual Whistler Film Festival has confirmed some early programme highlights, including two world premieres in the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian feature: David Morton’s first feature Mad Ship [pictured], a story of a Scandinavian immigrant eager to leave the Depression-era dustbowl in a handmade ship; and Sean Garrity’s Blood Pressure, about an unhappy wife who starts receiving anonymous notes tempting her to perform certain inexplicable acts of voyeurism directed towards a mysterious young man.

Two other films in competition will include Canadian sex comedy My Awkward Sexual Adventure and Michael McGowan’s Still, which stars James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold.

WFF’s Director of Programming Paul Gratton said: “This year’s Whistler Film Festival program will prove to be an exciting and eclectic mix of traditional quality festival fare, sprinkled with a large sampling of the unusual, the unexpected and the just plain entertaining.”

The Whistler Festival, running from Nov 28 to Dec 2, 2012 will also become home to the English Canadian premiere of controversial faux documentary Fair Sex (Les Manèges Humains).

Other titles confirmed for Whistler include Mountain Culture entry The Mountain Runners, US indie films It’s a Disaster and Between Us — both featuring Julia Stiles (who will attend the festival).

In addition to the film premieres and screenings at the festival, the 2012 Whistler Summit will feature three days of business programmes and networking. A new feature for 2012’s event is the China Canada Gateway for Film Script Competition, a competition designed to rouse international financing for Canadian feature film projects.

The festival lineup and schedule will be available online on Nov 1.