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Sun Valley Film Festival

The Sun Valley Film Festival invites guests to be a part of the legacy of storytellers, artists and filmmakers that have defined the town’s rich cinematic history. From screenings in the snow to an unforgettable reception at Hemingway’s restored hunting lodge, SVFF captures the spirit of a bygone era: one that comes alive for one magical weekend each March as we celebrate the shared wonder of film.

In tandem with the town’s cinematic past, the Festival’s intimate accessibility attracts industry icons who return year after year, creating a community of artists that define the Festival’s unique atmosphere. Festival guests include Hollywood legends such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster, Geena Davis and Oliver Stone as well as avant-garde writers and filmmakers like Stephen Gaghan and Mark and Jay Duplass. With over 4,000 yearly attendees, SVFF is quickly becoming known as the Festival for Filmmakers: a boutique event beloved by film fans and auteurs alike.


Awards and Special Guests at Sun Valley Film Festival, 2019

Meg Ryan at 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival



8th Annual Festival - Founded in 2012 by Teddy Grennan & Emily Granville

SVFF Festival Directors:  Teddy Grennan, Executive Director & Candice Pate, Director


SVFF Films/Filmmakers

Many of the selected films had filmmaker representation at SVFF.

  • 64 total films; 25 features; 10 narratives ,15 documentaries, 2 episodic, 1 WIP, 26 shorts, 11 student films
  • 12 world premieres (4 feature world premieres, 8 short film world premieres); 1 US world premiere
  • 8 short films by Idaho filmmakers


SVFF Film & Competition Awards: Includes over $200,000 in filmmaker support

  • PRODUCER’S VISION AWARD – Presented to recognize an outstanding film producer.
  • ONE IN A MILLION – Presented to honor a standout feature film made for under a million dollars. One narrative and one documentary film are each awarded.
  • AUDIENCE AWARD – Presented to the favorite Festival film, as voted by SVFF attendees.
  • HOT SHOT AWARD: For best film by a student filmmaker in grades 7-12; $1000 cash award, sponsored by the Marshall Frankel Foundation.
  • GEM STATE JR AWARD: For best Idaho student made film, $500 cash award, sponsored by the Nalen Foundation.
  • GABRIEL VISION AWARD:  Presented to second place student film; $250 award, given by Mary Clare Griffin.
  • SHORTY AWARD – Presented to best short story film, no matter the genre or aesthetic.
  • NAT GEO WILD TO INSPIRE: Presented to winner of nationwide short film contest, presented by Nat Geo WILD. $1000 cash award and a National Geographic Expedition to explore wild places alongside Nat Geo Explorers.
  • 1 POTATO – Presented to best short screenplay set to be filmed in Idaho; $5000 cash award.
  • HIGH SCRIBE – Presented to best original screenplay during the Screenwriters Lab; $1000 cash award.
  • THE FILM LAB: Presented to winner of Work-in-Progress film competition - up to $185,000 in post-production services Los Angeles-based company The Farm Group, in partnership with Tito’s Vodka.


SVFF Award Honorees & Special Guests

  • VISION AWARD honoree Meg Ryan. The SVFF Vision Award pays tribute to industry icons who have provided the keen insight, influence and initiative needed to see their creative visions come to fruition.
  • PIONEER AWARD honoree Aaron Paul. The SVFF Pioneer Award, presented by Variety, is given in recognition of an industry innovator: one whose work on-screen or behind the camera embodies the trailblazing spirit.
  • RISING STAR AWARD honoree Alex Ross Perry. The SVFF Rising Star Award recognizes breakthrough talent in the film and television industry.
  • SNOW ANGEL AWARD honoree Fisher Stevens. The SVFF Snow Angel Award celebrates industry leaders on the frontlines of enacting change. Presented by Beautycounter.


SVFF Speakers and Hosts

  • Meg Ryan, Aaron Paul, Chelsea Handler and Alex Ross Perry will speak during the morning Coffee Talks
  • Fisher Stevens, Guillermo Navarro, Filipe DeAndrade, Erika Bergman, Kate Brooks, Mariana van Zeller, and Roy Conli will participate in Nat Geo WILD Salon series
  • Phil Johnston will host the Screenwriters Lab - Trevor Groth will judge the High Scribe screenplay competition
  • Hannah Fidell will host The Film Lab – Jay Duplass will judge
  • Rafael Pease will host the Future Filmmaker’s Forum


Signature SVFF Special Events, Competitions, Panels, Parties

  • Coffee Talks, Nat Geo WILD Salon, The Film Lab, Future Filmmakers Forum, The Pitch, Shop Talk
  • Screenwriters Lab High Scribe Competition, Nat Geo WILD to INSPIRE Competition, 1 Potato Competition
  • Vision Dinner, SVFF Awards Bash featuring the hot American indie rock band Foxing, Pioneer Party, Sorry I Like to Party Party.


2018 estimated attendance: 4500    2018 estimated economic impact:  $5 Million


Top Sponsors:

The 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival is presented by Ford. Major sponsors and partners include Nat Geo WILD, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The Farm Group, Stella Artois, Variety, Zions Bank, Sun Valley Resort, Jackson Jet Center, BeautyCounter.    

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Meg Ryan at 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival




Meg Ryan at 2019 Sun Valley Film Festival


SVFF images @sunvalleyfilm. Jason Merritt images @radarpics.



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