Stephane Lafleur's Continental: A Film Without Guns and Richie Mehta's Amal are among the six titles competing at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival. Continental premiered at Venice and won the Best First Canadian Feature Film prize at Toronto. Amal debuted at Toronto.

Other titles in the Whistler competition are Mark Wihak's River, Robert Cuffley's Walk All Over Me, which also premiered at Toronto, Helene Klodawsky's Family Motel, and Portage, directed by Matthew Miller, Sascha Drews and Ezra Krybus.

The seventh annual festival opens November 29 with Denys Arcand's Cannes title Days Of Darkness and runs to December 2. Bon Cop, Bad Cop producer Kevin Tierney and filmmaker Julia Kwan will serve as jurors with jury president Atom Egoyan. Egoyan will also be the subject of a tribute and an on-stage interview.

Four documentaries will make their world premieres: Stuart Reagh and Thomas Buchnan's Hope, Lisa Jackson's Reservation Soldiers, Marsha Newbery and Leonard Lee's Tailor Made: Chinatown's Last Tailors, and Breaking The Ice by Doron El, Bernard Lax and Pietro Scalia, the story of a mixed team of Israeli and Palestinian mountain climbers who overcome social barriers to conquer an Antarctic peak.

As well, the festival will present the Whistler Filmmaker Forum from November 28 to December 1. Panel discussions will focus on such topics as new media and working with China. The Canadian Film Centre will present a director's masterclass.