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Events

Lights, Camera, Action! The Sun Valley Film Festival Returns to Town

If you look at the programming for the upcoming Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), is it so rich and abundant that it is almost hard to know what to do first. Whether you are primarily interested in hearing about the process of creating films from industry leaders or just want to screen the latest and greatest big screen offerings, you will find exactly what you’re looking for next week.


Film buffs rejoice! On March 2, the fabulous Sun Valley Film Festival returns to town with programming to appeal to everyone

The Festival returns to Sun Valley from March 2 – 6. The box office, a gleaming Airstream located at 251 North Main Street next to Whiskey Jacques in downtown Ketchum, is open and now is the time to secure tickets and passes so you don’t miss a moment. Be sure to spend a little time on the Film Festival website first, though, so you know all your options. This year, the popular Coffee Talks return and other events include a Screenwriters Lab, Salon, Film Lab, dinners, concerts, the Future Filmmakers Forum and much, much more.

One of the highlights of this year’s Festival is the presentation of the Lifetime Vision Award to legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone. The SVFF Lifetime Vision Award pays tribute to an industry icon that has provided the keen insight, influence and initiative to fulfill their creative vision,” according to Festival organizers. “At last year’s inaugural Vision Dinner, SVFF honored Hollywood legend and Sun Valley local, Clint Eastwood, with the SVFF Lifetime Vision Award. In 2016, we are continuing this proud tradition by honoring the Academy Award winning Writer and Director, Oliver Stone.” Stone has more than 20 iconic and influential full-length feature films to his credit including: “Platoon” (1986); “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989); “JFK” (1991); “Natural Born Killers” (1994); “Nixon” (1995); “Salvador” (1985); “Wall Street” (1987); and “The Doors” (1991). Stone will be celebrated at a Vision Dinner at Roundhouse Restaurant with filmmakers, select patrons, and special guests. For more about this opportunity, please click here. Stone will also be the guest at the March 6 Coffee Talk at the nexstage Theatre.


Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone will be on hand to receive the Lifetime Vision Award and to interact with the audience at a Coffee Talk

Coffee Talks will also feature Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse on Friday, March 4. Amy Smart has starred in over 60 feature movies and television shows over her 20-year film career.  She was most recently seen in the film Break Point alongside actors Jeremy Sisto, David Walton and J.K. Simmons and is currently working on two new independent film scheduled to premier next year. Her husband Carter Oosterhouse is one of America’s most recognized lifestyle experts appearing on many popular television series ranging from TLC’s Trading Spaces and HGTV’s Red and Hot & Green to Million Dollar Rooms and Celebrity Motor Homes. Most recently, Carter played host to FYI’s Home Grown Makeover and will be co-hosting ABC’s hit primetime series, The Great Christmas Light Fight. 

On Saturday, March 5, Chris Moore will also present his perspective at a Coffee Talk and take questions from the audience. Moore has worked in Hollywood for nearly 30 years, starting as an agent representing writers and directors including M. Night Shyamalan, and then transitioning to producing. As a producer, his filmography includes The Adjustment Bureau, Howard Zinn’s documentary The People Speak, Feast, Waiting, Iconoclasts, Best Laid Plans, Joy Ride, and the Academy Award®-winning Good Will Hunting.  He is also the co-creator of HBO’s Project Greenlight and STARZ’ The Chair.  His filmography also includes the highly successful series of American Pie films, Reindeer Games, Pop & Me, Promised Land, Think Tank and The Can.  He founded several industry companies over the course of his career including Launch Media, LivePlanet and most recently, The Media Farm.


The Sun Valley Film Festival is an interactive event. There are many great ways to get up close and personal with industry heavyweights and soak it all in

The fun continues on Saturday with the Hollywood Heritage Screening of The King of Marvin Gardens (1972) with Bruce Dern. This event, held at the Sun Valley Opera House at 4 p.m., commemorates Sun Valley’s rich cinematic heritage by honoring a film that has made a significant contribution to the lexicon of American Cinema. Dern will host a Q & A session after the film.

For some local flavor, don’t miss the One Potato Screening and Reception on March 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre.  This event honors Idaho films and filmmakers. The 2016 winner receives a $5000 prize and mentorship to shoot their film in the Gem State for a premier in next year’s Festival. The 2016 One Potato Finalists are: Kevin Nielsen – Death by Acquaintance; Eva Konstantopoulos – There is No Arthur;  Dusty Aunan & Cody Gittings – Man In A Dress; Kristen Mico – This Ole Highway; and Stephen Heleker – The Holdup.

Oh, yes! There are also other films – more than 60 of them. The Festival presents narrative features, documentary features, short films, episodic films, student films, and the Film Lab. There is a wide range of topics and they all look compelling, entertaining, and worthwhile.


Music is a huge part of the SVFF and The Joy Formidable will rock Whiskey Jacques at the Awards Bash on March 5

There really is so much going on that the only way to explore all the options are to stop by the headquarters or to comb through the informative website. Run, don’t walk to the Sun Valley Film Festival HQ as you don’t want to miss the chance to be a part of this fabulous festival. It is an exciting week in Sun Valley for visitors and locals alike and the SVFF is definitely the place to be from March 2 – 6. 

It’s time to escape to the movies!


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