Since its founding in 2012, the festival has grown its reputation as a filmmaker’s festival by creating programs such as the Screenwriters Lab, the Coffee Talk panel discussions and Works-in-Progress workshops that evoke serious discussion about the film-making process. Many of the celebrities who attend are behind-the-scenes personalities, such as producers and writers, rather than movies stars. USA Today named Sun Valley as one of the Top 10 “Greatest Places for a Fabulous Film Festival.”
Past festivals have featured the appearances of actor, director and producer Jodi Foster and "Dallas Buyer's Club" Academy Award-nominated writers Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten.
Recently, organizers received a $100,000 commitment, to be spread over the next four years, from Bex Wilkinson on behalf of the Marshall Frankel Foundation to develop the Future Filmmakers Forum and for overall financial support. The festival plans to launch a new program this year — a "Small Fry" screenplay competition that will award a filmmaker a $2,500 stipend toward shooting the proposed film in Idaho. As the producing partner on the film, SVFF will connect the winner with seasoned filmmaker mentors, consultants and production resources.
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The festival is now accepting submissions in all categories, including feature length, documentary, short and student films. Make submissions here.