Monday, June 28, 2010

Whistler Film Festival’s Soirée raises $35,000 for Future in Focus campaign

From a press release

Vancouver, B.C. – The Whistler Film Festival Society’s third annual Soirée Gala & Auction was held on June 24th at Nu Restaurant + Lounge in Vancouver. Playing host to 250 of BC's movers and shakers, the third annual event raised over $35,000 in net proceeds to directly support the WFFS’ Future in Focus Campaign.

Soirée was truly a feast for the senses. Festivities started with a decadent cocktail reception, followed by a fine wine and food experience of hand passed hors d'oeuvres and Pacific Northwest cuisine. Amidst a spectacular sunset backdrop, the evening evolved with live entertainment by legendary bluesman and accomplished actor Jim Byrnes as well as live art by Chilli Thom. TV Personality Erin Cebula hosted the festivities and set the stage for an unforgettable silent and live auction that featured priceless items and experiences, including an exclusive package for 10 days of Whistler, a private 3-course dinner for 10 in the Wine Room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, an exclusive Rivers Inlet Sportsman's Club Fishing trip, a golf weekend at the Four Seasons Resort & Spa in Whistler and Nicklaus North Golf Course, a Brewmaster's Private Dinner at Whistler Brewing Company, and a luxurious Shangri-La Retreat - plus two tickets to see Michael Bublé in concert.

“In 2009, the we launched our Future in Focus Campaign to raise $2.5 million dollars to transform Whistler's defunct Rainbow Theatre into to one of Canada’s most digitally advanced theatres, and to implement plans for even greater international impact, which includes increasing the profile of the Festival and establishing advanced training programs for screen-based entertainment,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Executive Director Whistler Film Festival Society. “The Future in Focus Campaign will create a permanent home for the Whistler Film Festival and its year round programming. We are thrilled with the success of the Soirée in helping to support this vision.”

The Whistler Film Festival Society celebrates Canadian films, nurtures filmmakers and attracts the best international talent. The 10th anniversary of the Whistler Film Festival takes place December 1 to 5, 2010 and has become a must attend event with over 11,000 audience members including 500+ key industry insiders. The 2010 Festival features up to 80 films from Canada and around the world comprised of about 40 features and 40 shorts, selected from over 1,000 submissions, and will award $45,000 in cash prizes. Renowned for its intimate nature, the Festival is complete with world premieres, renowned guests and an innovative industry conference.

Soirée Gala & Auction was sponsored by American Express, the Whistler Brewing Company, Kettle One Vodka, Sterling Vineywards, Shangra-La Vancouver and Nu Restaurant + Lounge.

The Whistler Film Festival is presented by American Express, and is sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada - British Columbia, Whistler Brewing Company and Whistler Blackcomb, and is supported by Telefilm Canada, BC Film and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

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