The Whistler Film Festival has unveiled its new Rising Stars program (sponsored by UBCP and ACTRA). Four Western Canadian actors were chosen – all of whom also appear in films premiering at the fest. The new initiative is not only part of WFF’s strategy to spotlight emerging homegrown talent, but to also nurture their careers through an immersive professional development program that includes industry meetings/networking opportunities, public events, and more.
Rising Stars Camille Sullivan and Niall Matter both co-star in WFF’s Ally Was Screaming. If you’re flipping channels, you’re likely to spot Sullivan playing detectives on shows like “Rookie Blue” and “Shattered.” Most recently Sillivan has landed a supporting role in Sturla Gunnarsson’s Ice Soldiers, starring Dominic Purcell and the lead in indie drama The Birdwatcher.
Matter, a series regular on “Remedy,” has previously portrayed the Mothman in Watchmen and is best known for his roles on “Eureka” and “Primeval: New World.” His other credits include “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Motive,” “Melrose Place,” and “90210.”
No Clue, Gunless, Repeaters, and Sisters & Brothers are just a few of Dustin Milligan Canadian film credits, but he’s a familiar face in the U.S. too thanks to roles on “90210” and In the Land of Women. He will soon be seen opposite Maria Bello in Demonic and in Max Landis’ Me Him Her. Milligan just wrapped a Budapest shoot on the first season of CBC’s “Schitt’s Creek,” co-starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. He co-wrote, co-produced and stars in his own feature film Bad City, debuting at WFF.
Best known for her work on popular shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “Primeval: New World,” Sara Canning has had a busy career working in both film and television. Most recently, she starred in Jeremiah Chechik The Right Kind of Wrong, and her latest film, I Put a Hit on You, a dark comedic thriller co-starring Aaron Ashmore, will be receiving its Western Canadian Premiere at WFF.