The annual Sun Valley Film Festival kicked off Wednesday in Ketchum and Sun Valley, and will continue through Sunday. Now in its seventh year, the festival offers a full slate of film screenings, which can be seen in the Idaho Mountain Express special section published Friday, March 9, and online at sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.

     The festival offers more than its full slate of selected films. Scheduled events also include exclusive Coffee Talks, panel discussions, special screenings and parties throughout the weekend.

     For additional information and tickets, visit the Festival HQ at the Warfield, 280 N. Main St. in Ketchum, or the SVFF Box Office Loft, 211 N. Main St. in Ketchum (upstairs at Cafe Artois).

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS, LABS AND PANELS

 

Coffee Talks

Friday, March 16, Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18—10 a.m. at the Sun Valley Opera House.

     The festival’s most popular series features a moderated Q&A with artists and filmmakers who have changed the cinematic landscape. Arrive early to grab breakfast at the Konditorei and reserve your spot in line. Free and open to the public with priority access for Insiders, Festival and Film pass-holders.

  • Friday:  Jeanne Tripplehorn, Emmy-nominated actress (Basic Instinct, Big Love).
  • Saturday: Jay Duplass, writer and director (Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives at Home) and star of the acclaimed show Transparent.
  • Sunday: Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award-winning actress (Shakespeare in Love, Emma, Seven), author and founder of lifestyle and wellness website GOOP.

     

SVFF Salon

Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17—11:30 a.m. at Festival HQ.

     Join an intimate, behind-the-scenes discussion with industry insiders as they share their war stories. Grab complimentary lunch before these exclusive talks begin at noon. Access for Insiders, Festival and Party pass-holders only.

  • Friday: Kate Bosworth, actress (Blue Crush, The Long Road Home) producer (NONA) and SVFF Pioneer Award recipient.
  • Saturday: Anand Varma, award-winning National Geographic photographer, and Jason Jaacks, environmentalist filmmaker and photographer.

 

Bingefest

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. at Ford Cinetransformer, Ketchum.

     New this year, SVFF will screen a slate of the best and brightest in streamable television. Check the schedule for Bingefest highlights, including the series premier of National Geographic’s One Strange Rock by Darren Aronofsky, hosted by Will Smith and the Season 3 exclusive sneak peek of Netflix’s Last Chance U, followed by a Q&A with creator/director Greg Whiteley and his team.

     Access for Insiders, Festival, and Film pass-holders. Limited individual tickets available.

 

The Film Lab

Friday, March 16, 4 p.m. at Ford Cinetransformer, Ketchum.

     Take a seat in the producer’s chair as Sundance’s former Director of Programming Trevor Groth acts as host to this work-in-progress film. Filmmakers in attendance will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience and receive feedback. Priority access for Insiders, Festival and Film pass-holders. Limited individual tickets available.

  • A Name Without a Place: After a tragedy, a sheltered young man retraces his late-brother’s footsteps to the Florida Keys.

 

Screenwriters Lab

Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. at Limelight Hotel.

     Lynn Shelton, award-winning writer and director (Mad Men, Outside In) hosts this year’s Screenwriters Lab, one of the festival’s most talked-about events. This interactive look into the process of writing for film includes a Q&A, a live table read of Shelton’s script Outside In with co-writer Jay Duplass, and the announcement of the winner of the High Scribe screenplay competition. Producer Kevin Walsh (Murder on the Orient Express, Bladerunner) joins the event as this year’s High Scribe judge.Entrance included with Insiders, Festival and Film passes. Limited individual tickets available.

 

The Score

Friday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. at Festival HQ.

     Join legendary music guru Chris Douridas of KCRW and musician/composer Andrew Bird (Outside In, Baskets, The Muppets Movie) as they discuss the art of scoring, composing and supervising the key ingredient to all great films: music. Access for Insiders, Festival and Party pass-holders only.

 

Closing Film and Volunteer Thank You

Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m. at Sun Valley Opera House.

     Bring your volunteer badge for front-row seating as people celebrate the close of the 2018 festival by toasting the fabulous volunteers! This year, the festival will screen Finding Your Feet. Access for Volunteers, Insiders, Festival and Film pass-holders. Limited individual tickets available.

 

PARTIES

 

Pioneer Party

Friday, March 16, 10 p.m. at the Galleria.

     Come raise a glass to this year’s Pioneer Award winner, Kate Bosworth. Join Los Angeles DJ Chris Douridas, musical tastemaker and KCRW radio host, at this open-bar celebration. Access for Insiders, Festival and Party pass-holders only.

 

SVFF Awards Bash/Sir Sly

Saturday, March 17, 10 p.m. at Whiskey Jacques’.

     Finish the weekend with a bang at the SVFF Awards Bash, headlined by Indie rock group Sir Sly. SVFF’s most spectacular party is an event you don’t want to miss—more than a dozen special awards will be given to filmmakers and SVFF special guests. Make sure to arrive early to this popular event and don’t miss the midnight toast courtesy of Tito’s! Party access for Insiders, Festival and Party pass-holders only.

 

SVFFREEBIES

 

     Come have some fun, on the festival! This selection of free events and showings is open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis with pass-holders receiving priority access. 

 

Coffee Talks

Friday, March 16, Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18—10 a.m. at the Opera House.

Presented by Zions Bank.

Coffee generously donated by the Konditorei.

     The festival’s most popular series features a moderated Q&A with artists and filmmakers who have changed the cinematic landscape. Be sure to come early for breakfast at the Konditorei or enjoy après-talk lunch at the Village Station. Free and open to the public with priority access for Insiders, Festival and Film pass-holders.

 

Future Filmmakers Forum

Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. at Ford Cinetransformer.

     Come meet the next generation of cinematic talent as young filmmakers in grades seven through 12 present their work in a festival environment. The Hot Shot and Gabriel Spirit awards will be presented by actor Ryan Spahn at the conclusion of these screenings. After the awards, join a reception for Future Filmmakers, family and friends.

 

Women in Film Celebration

Friday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Cafe Artois.

     Join producer Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, Dallas Buyers Club) as the festival celebrates Benita Ozoude and Giselle Bonilla, winners of the 2018 Horizon Award, at a reception in their honor. The Horizon Award was created to combat gender disparity in filmmaking by providing mentoring and grants for emerging female directors.  Their award-winner winning shorts will screen in the Ford Cinetransformer at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, before Science Fair. 

 

The Pitch

Friday, March 16, 6 p.m. at Festival HQ.

     Join filmmaker and pitch master Will McCormack for an SVFF session dedicated to the art of the pitch. McCormack will walk audience members through the dos and don’ts of pitching, sharing success stories and tricks of the trade, and will try and sell his idea live to a panel of top producers. Following an audience Q&A, High Scribe finalists will have the chance to meet the producer panel, which includes Kevin Walsh of Scott Free Films, former president of Focus Features Jim Burke and producer Jen Roskind (Animals, Unlovable). Free and open to the public with priority admission for pass-holders.

 

Current Conversations

     A discussion about race, class, the #Metoo movement and the power of storytelling.

Saturday, March 17, 6 p.m. at Festival HQ.

     In light of the #MeToo movement, we have to ask ourselves:  If we are dismantling an aged system, then what are we putting in its place?  Join award-winning journalist Sarah Sunshine Manning, producer and change-maker Effie Brown, Bentonville Fest president Wendy Guerrero and producer Heather Rae for a conversation about the power of storytelling and systemic change. Free and open to the public with priority admission for pass-holders.

 

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