1 Potato


The Hole Truth by Irish Johnston.


The Sun Valley Film Festival developed the 1 Potato Initiative to support emerging filmmakers and incentivize filmmaking in the state of Idaho. We're offering the winner of the screenplay competition 5k to bring their story to life by filming on location in Idaho.


Whether you have a short script that’s been sitting on your shelf or you want to write something with the competition in mind, SVFF and the 1 Potato Initiative want to hear your story, and help one filmmaker take their idea from page to screen.

The winning script will receive $5,000 in funds towards shooting their film on location in Idaho, as well as having SVFF support from development to finished product. As a producing partner on the film, SVFF will connect the winner with seasoned filmmaker participants, arrange special networking opportunities with Industry experts, and help build a presence for the film as it begins its festival journey.

The winning 1 Potato short script will be announced at the 1 Potato Initiative reception during the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival in March.


  • The Sun Valley Film Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any project submitted.
  • Must be 15 pages or less.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Without exception, the winning script MUST BE FILMED IN IDAHO; do not submit your project unless you are able to commit to filming in Idaho.
  • The Sun Valley Film Festival and Producers will be involved in the hiring of all cast and crew.
  • While additional fundraising in encouraged, the script must be feasible to film on a limited budget.
  • The Sun Valley Film Festival will receive Executive Producer and Made In Association With credit, as well as end credit scroll logo placement.
  • Finalized film must have its world premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival.


  • $5,000 prize towards film budget
  • Rare networking opportunities with Industry established filmmakers
  • Inclusion in exclusive SVFF events
  • Highlighted world premiere at SVFF 2019
  • SVFF brokered deals and opportunities


  • Strength of story
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Clarity
  • Feasibility given financial/location parameters

* Screenwriters are encouraged to submit as early as possible.

Questions? Contact us at info@sunvalleyfilmfestival.org.

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