The 2016 Whistler Film Festival will host Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch for the 5th consecutive year. This year’s honored screenwriters will share their personal stories and challenges related to succeeding in today’s film industry at an afternoon conversation on December 3 as part of WFF’s Signature Series. Hosted by Variety VP & Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, festival goers will get the chance to hear from some of the brightest and most promising writers of the year and get the latest news and insights behind their upcoming projects. Both film fans and filmmakers have found this event to be illuminating and instructive, making it one of WFF’s most anticipated events of the festival. *Six of the ten screenwriters are confirmed to attend the festival and will receive their coveted award at WFF’s Awards Celebration on December 4.
Variety’s class of 2016 screenwriters and notable credits include:
Noah Oppenheim – “Jackie”
Allison Schroeder – “Hidden Figures”
Luke Davies – “Lion” *
Celine Sciamma – “My Life as a Courgette”
Pamela Ribon – “Moana” *
Olivia Milch – “Ocean’s Eight”
Kristina Lauren Anderson – “Catherine the Great” *
Jojo Moyes – “Me Before You” *
Todd Komarnicki – “Sully” *
Jonas Cuaron – “Desierto” *
“The Whistler Film Festival is delighted to collaborate once again with respected entertainment industry authority, Variety, to present Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch class of 2016,” says Whistler Film Festival’s Executive Director, Shauna Hardy Mishaw. “With Variety showcasing the brightest and most promising writers of the year, the chance to meet and hear their stories firsthand makes this a must-attend discussion for both casual fans and aspiring filmmakers. We are especially excited to have the Western Canadian premiere of Luke Davies’ LION at the fest, that he and Todd Komarnicki (“Sully) will deliver master classes to the talent in our Screenwriters Lab.”
“Over the past five years of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch events at the Whistler Film Festival, it’s been great to introduce writers such as Taylor Sheridan and Ted Melfi, who are both major Oscar contenders this year, as well as writers such Phyllis Nagy, Meg LeFauve and Emma Donoghue and many others who went directly from Whistler to Oscar races and international acclaim,” says Steven Gaydos, VP and Executive Editor, Variety. “This year’s screenwriters are poised to continue that wonderful tradition!”
Variety’s 10 To Watch program began 19 years ago, annually celebrating breakthrough actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, comics, and cinematographers.