Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SV Film Festival back

And looking for films and upward mobility

Express Staff Writer

    Sundance … Cannes … Sun Valley?
    The maiden tour of the Sun Valley Film Festival was so successful that it is returning this spring, March 14-17, with new cutting-edge independent films, premieres, children’s programming, previews of new television series, parties, coffee talks with filmmakers and industry insiders, intimate filmmaker dinners, après-ski gatherings, a spectacular closing awards ceremony and more.
     Banking on the lure of the idyllic mountain resort setting of Sun Valley, a town steeped in Hollywood history, organizers were driven to provide a new venue for a niche film festival.
    To celebrate the area’s old-school Hollywood heritage and bring it into the 21st century, the inaugural Sun Valley Film Festival was launched in March 2012. It showcased more than 50 films and attracted more than 1,500 participants and 30 top filmmakers. It was an instant hit with audiences and filmmakers alike.  
    Now entering its second year, the Sun Valley Film Festival is adding new events and new leadership to continue its forward momentum.
    Candice Pate is the festival’s new director.
    “Candice brings a level of leadership and grace which will allow the [film festival] to become a premier destination film festival more quickly than we could have imagined,” said Executive Director Teddy Grennan.
    Over three days, the festival will screen more than 60 films at the Sun Valley Opera House in Sun Valley, the Magic Lantern Cinemas and nextStage Theatre in Ketchum. New this year is the inclusion of the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
    Building on the family-friendly spirit of Sun Valley, the festival includes kids programming and the SVFF Audience Award. Everyone is invited to begin each day with a Coffee Talk—a morning coffee series in which filmmakers and industry experts engage the audience in a range of topics.  
    Some notable film producers/directors already committed to participate in 2013 are Jim Burke (“The Descendents”) Josh Pate (“Mirror Mirror”) and his twin brother, Jonas Pate (“Shrink”) and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”).
    The Sun Valley Film Festival is accepting films in all categories, including shorts, mixed media, animation, feature-length documentaries and narratives. This year there’s also a special category for young filmmakers. The festival will present two awards found at no other film festival—the One in a Million, which honors filmmakers who have made a standout film for under $1 million, and the Vision Award, which recognizes producers and their filmmaking journeys.
    Zions Bank is back to present the Gem State Award, given to an Idaho filmmaker whose film best reflects the beauty and diversity of Idaho.  New awards this year include the Hot Shot, presented to best film by a student under 18 and the Shorty, recognizing the best short-story film, no matter the genre or aesthetic.
    The public is invited to the March 17 awards presentation and closing ceremony, sponsored by Alaska Airlines and Zions Bank.  Locations are pending.
    For updates, visit

The skinny
What: Sun Valley Film Festival
When: March 14-17.


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