Sun Valley Film Festival

After saying the show would go on yesterday, the Sun Valley Film Festival has announced it is cancelling this year’s event due to widening concerns around the Coronavirus.

Sun Valley Film Festival

UPDATE March 12, 2020 3:45p: The Sun Valley Film Festival has been cancelled since this story aired. Please see our updated story.

Sun Valley Film Festival

 


One of the highlights of Idaho’s entertainment calendar is the Sun Valley Film Festival, which continues to attract a combination of movie fans, Oscar-winning filmmakers and emerging actors and directors. 

Sun Valley Film Festival

Oscar-winners, emerging filmmakers and some of the industry's most successful directors, producers and screenwriters are all on the guest list of the 2020 Sun Valley Film Festival, March 18-22. A rising star on the boutique film festival scene, the SVFF celebrates the art of storytelling with days of films, panels, parties and world premieres.

Sun Valley Film Festival

When most people think of the Sun Valley Film Festival, they probably think of top drawer movies and film stars visiting Idaho in the winter. But this year, the festival is extending its reach to other parts of the calendar. Joining us is SVFF executive director Teddy Grennan and Laura Mehlhaff who has recently transitioned to head the Sun Valley Film Initiative.

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  • Boy Sees Beautiful.

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The 1 Potato screenwriter award is given every year at the Sun Valley Film Festival. This year's winner is screenwriter Scott Burkhardt, who wrote "Girls Are Strong Here." It's the story of a Syrian refugee whose faith is tested when an American teen and her mother are stranded at his car repair shop overnight. Guest host George Prentice speaks with Burkhardt, producer Celeste Matkika and one of the film's stars, Adrian Tafesh. 

SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

The Sun Valley Film Festival begins on Wednesday with industry luminaries like David Crosby, Meg Ryan, Fisher Stevens and Idaho native Aaron Paul in attendance. Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice will also attend the festival and he joins Idaho Matters for a preview.

Sun Valley Film Festival

Ask someone to start listing their favorite movies and it won't be too long before you begin naming films starring Meg Ryan: Courage Under Fire, Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, When a Man Loves a Woman, You've Got Mail—the list goes on.

Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport will be a bit busier than normal this week as actors, writers and producers wing their way to the valley of the sun to showcase their latest movies and work alongside the next generation of filmmakers on works still-in-progress.

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Idaho screenwriter and director Samantha Silva has just completed her film, The Big Burn, the winner of the One Potato screenwriting competition.

Kate Bosworth has starred in every possible genre of film -- big budget superhero films, romantic comedies, thrillers, independent projects. She has portrayed everyone from Lois Lane to Sandra Dee.

Sun Valley Film Festival

The seventh year of the Sun Valley Film Festival is two months away, but organizers are already busy putting together a slate of award-worthy films and a roster of top stars.

Blood Road / Josh Letchworth

Update: "Blood Road's" Boise premiere is planned for Saturday August 5 at the Egyptian Theatre downtown at 7 p.m.

The original version of this story ran on March 15, 2017:

Geena Davis At Sun Valley Film Festival Pushes For Gender Balance

Mar 22, 2017
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One of the stars at the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival is actor Geena Davis, known for a string of movie hits in the 1980s and 90s and for playing a television version of the president in 2005 in Commander in Chief.

The Academy Award winner had only good things to say about the Wood River Valley.

“I love Sun Valley. I love this festival. I was here last in 2012 and always have a great time here.”

Sun Valley Film Festival

Wednesday, March 15 marks the opening day of the sixth annual Sun Valley Film Festival.

This year's slate of films is quite impressive, including the talents of Oscar winner Viola Davis and Ellen Burstyn. Special events will include live appearances from Geena Davis, Allison Williams, the Farrelly Brothers, producer/director Brett Ratner and many more.

KBSX's George Prentice caught up with festival executive director Teddy Grennan and director Candice Pate as they ready the finishing touches on the festival.

Provided by Ross Partridge

Ross Partridge says above all else, aspiring filmmakers need to be extremely passionate about what they’re doing. Partridge is an actor, director and writer in Hollywood – and is hosting a screenwriters workshop at Boise State University Friday. He says one also has to be able to shut out the naysayers, and trust your instincts when it comes to storytelling.

Karen Day

Last April, we told you the story of one Idaho woman filmmaker struggling to make a documentary about a pioneer of Idaho filmmaking.

Sun Valley Film Festival

The fourth annual Sun Valley Film Festival begins Wednesday. The five-day event will show off some Hollywood names, including giving a special honor to actor Clint Eastwood. Other big screen elites will make appearances, including actor Bruce Dern and two Academy Award winning screenwriters.

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The best of this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) screens in Boise Saturday night. The Best of SVFFest will feature two award-winning films; STUCK, about a one-night stand, and Craters of the Moon, which is about a couple who gets lost and stranded in the snow.

Here's the trailer from Craters.

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Organizers of the Sun Valley Film Festival are calling this year’s event a success. Ticket sales nearly doubled from last year and eight awards were given to filmmakers.

Director Sean Baker received the Festival’s highest honor, the Vision Award, for his film Starlet. It’s about an unlikely friendship between a young aspiring actress and an elderly widow. 

Foster Helps Cap Sun Valley Film Festival

Mar 18, 2013
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The Sun Valley Film Festival wrapped up Sunday with actress Jodie Foster giving a public talk. Foster says she's excited about the festival because it brings unique films and the movie making process to the Wood River Valley.

Hollywood Comes To Sun Valley For Film Festival

Mar 15, 2013
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Sun Valley is no stranger to film. Several movies have been shot in the Wood River Valley, including 1985’s “Pale Rider” starring Clint Eastwood.  Last year, after finishing his latest story, screenwriter Ted Grennan came up with an idea that would add to the local film scene.    

“I really didn’t know what I was going to do next and a friend called and I said ‘What about a film festival in Sun Valley,’ and he said ‘there are film festivals everywhere.’ And I said ‘there is not one in Sun Valley’ and he said you might be on to something,” explains Grennan.

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The Sun Valley Film Festival gets underway today with its first ever Screenwriters Lab. Writer and actor Will McCormack will lead the three hour discussion.  You might recognize McCormack from a few appearances on the Sopranos or the film Syriana. 

But lately this actor turned screenwriter is best known for his breakout movie Celeste and Jesse Forever. He wrote that film with Rashida Jones who appears on the sitcom Parks and Recreation.