The SVFF features a diverse list of awards including film awards, screenwriting competition awards and special signature awards. Raise a glass to our 2018 SVFF Award Winners and honorees, including Kate Bosworth, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jay Duplass.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
The Audience Award is voted on by movie goers.
WINNER: Science Fair, directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster
PRODUCER'S VISION AWARD
This award recognizes a producer’s ability to keep a dramatic, feature length film in focus during the journey of the project.
WINNER: Outside In, produced by Mel Eslyn and Lacey Leavitt; executive produced by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass; directed by Lynn Shelton
ONE IN A MILLION AWARD
The One in a Million Awards honor feature length stories made for under one million dollars. One narrative and one documentary film are each awarded.
NARRATIVE WINNER: Nona, directed by Michael Polish, produced by Kate Bosworth
DOCUMENTARY WINNER: Minding the Gap, directed by Bing Liu
THE SHORTY AWARD
The best short film across all categories.
WINNER: Uzma the Greatest, directed by Christopher Hawthorne
GEM STATE AWARD
Presented by Festival sponsor Zions Bank, this $1,000 jury prize recognizes an Idaho filmmaker whose work best reflects the beauty and diversity of the Gem State.
WINNER: Haymaker, directed by Robert Moncrief
Film Jury members included: Jo Addy, Nat Faxon, Gill Holland and Maggie Mackay.
SVFF FILM & SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNERS
NAT GEO WILD TO INSPIRE
The lucky winner will get to try their hand at filmmaking National Geographic style as they depart on an expedition to Africa to document wildlife for Nat Geo WILD viewers
WINNER: The Embodiment of Hope, by Marvi Lacar and Benjamin Lowy.
The competition gives finalists an opportunity for one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest to discuss their work; the winner receives mentoring from an experienced professional. The lab host was Jay Duplass and judge was Kevin Walsh.
WINNER: Dark Horizons, by Carlo and Erin Carere
1 POTATO WINNER
The short screenplay competition awards the screenwriter a $5,000 stipend to help shoot their film in Idaho.
WINNER: The Hole Truth, Directed by Irish Johnston
THE FILM LAB
Tito’s Handmade Vodka presented The Film Lab, hosted by Trevor Groth. Works-In-Progress films duked it out for $5000 in finishing funds, and received the unique experience of a ‘soft launch’ as they work to finalize their film.
WINNER: A Name Without a Place, written and directed by Kenny Riches
FUTURE FILMMAKERS FORUM - showcases student-made films and encourages students in their craft, storytelling, and self-expression. The Sun Valley Film Festival Future Fimmakers Forum is presented by Bex Wilkinson & Peter Burke, with support from the Marshall Frankel Foundation and COX.
WINNER: Aftershock, directed by Ryan Beard
SVFF SPECIAL AWARDS
SVFF VISION AWARD
Pays tribute to an individual who has provided the keen insight, influence, and initiative to fulfill a creative vision.
HONORED: Gwyneth Paltrow
Honors a producer or individual whose career choices are reflective of a true trailblazer.
HONORED: Kate Bosworth
HIGH SCRIBE AWARD
Presented to a screenwriter who participates in a discussion on their current script and participates in a table read.
HONORED: Jay Duplass
Presented to a breakthrough artist or filmmaker.
HONORED: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
SNOW ANGEL AWARD
Given for outstanding advocacy work with a focus on environmental sustainability.
HONORED: Gregg Renfrew and Beautycounter
About the 2018 Sun Valley Film Festival
The seventh annual Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank, was held March 14-18, 2018. A rising star among boutique festivals, SVFF brings together filmmakers and special guests from around the world for an unforgettable weekend of intimate talks with industry insiders, film and television screenings, and fabulous parties. Highlights from the 2018 slate included the Screenwriters Lab, presented by Variety, Nat Geo WILD’s Salon and WILD to Inspire competition, the SVFF Film Lab and more. A combination of cutting-edge content and unprecedented access in Sun Valley’s cinematic setting makes SVFF a “can’t miss” in next year’s lineup of destination festivals.