Sun Valley Celebrates with Film Festival

Reported by: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 3/19/2013 9:47 am
The terrain around Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley has served as a backdrop for films like “Pale Rider” with Clint Eastwood and “How to Marry a Millionaire” with Marilyn Monroe. These mountains have even stood-in for the ski slopes of Maine. In fact, many Hollywood celebrities call this area their second home. So what better place to have a film festival.

Film makers and film enthusiasts from all across the country and around the world descended upon the ski town of Sun Valley. In its second year, the Sun Valley Film Festival featured over 60 features, documentaries and short films.
One of those films was “Craters of the Moon” which was shot in eastern Idaho. The film tells the story of a couple that finds themselves stranded in the desert and their attempts to hang on to their sanity while waiting to be rescued.
“Craters” was filmed on an independent budget with many people volunteering their services like making meals for the cast and crew and helping out on location.
At the closing awards ceremony, “Craters of the Moon” won the Zions Bank Gem State Award which is awarded to the filmmaker whose work best reflects the beauty and diversity of Idaho.
Also at the film festival, Nat Geo Wild and the African Wildlife Foundation announced the Wild to Inspire Short Film Competition. Aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to submit a five minute film. Each film should focus on nature, with the goal of inspiring people to let the wild into their lives every day through content that is awe-inspiring, real, unexpected and fearless.
The top three films will be featured and voted on at next year’s Sun Valley film festival. The winning filmmaker will have the opportunity to visit the African Wildlife Foundation’s preserve and receive a crash course in wildlife filmmaking through an apprenticeship with a National Geographic filmmaker.

Visit the Vimeo page for details about the Wild to Inspire Short Film Contest.

#SVFF Press conference to announce the #WildToInspire film competition w/ NatGeo WILD natgeochannels

Jodie Foster received the keys to the city of #SunValley today. Use them wisely, Jodie! #sunvalleyfilmfest

I need to shave. #sunvalleyfilmfest #svff #bovi #boisestate #dslr #t3i #canon

#sunvalleyfilmfest student films were fantastic!!! Creative and inspiring.

She. Was. Incredible.“@dianenorton: Hello #JodieFoster @Sunvalleyfilm #Sunvalleyfilmfest #SVFF #Stpattysday
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