SVFF honors the industry’s best and brightest
The SVFF pays tribute to industry icons whose contributions to the art of cinema have changed the industry for the better.
2024 vision award honoree
Photo Credit: Jon Rou
2024 VISION Award Honoree
david o. russell
For three decades, David O. Russell has earned a reputation as an original visionary through his work as a film writer, director and producer. Among his best-known features are The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings, Flirting with Disaster and Spanking the Monkey. Russell has been nominated for five Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, along with three WGA Awards and two DGA Awards. He has won dozens of industry awards including four Independent Spirit Awards, two BAFTA Awards and numerous film critics and film festival awards. Russell is the only director to have two consecutive films, Silver Linings Playbook in 2012 and American Hustle in 2013, receive Academy Award nominations in all four acting categories.
2024 pioneer award honoree
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American independent producer, Ted Hope, has been a producer on over 70 films, a studio executive on over 60, a CEO of a start-up streamer, a co-head of three production companies, an executive director of a film society and festival, a professor of practice at two universities, and a founder of a post-production facility, two websites, two think tanks, as well as an app. He launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production, leading them to 19 Oscar nominations and five wins. As a producer, his films have received 25 Oscar nominations and six wins. Hope’s memoir and newsletter, “Hope For Film,” are both must reads, as he has helped launch the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry and many others. His most recent films include the first narrative, Cassandro, from Oscar-winning documentary director, Roger Ross Williams, as well as the documentary on Taiwan, Invisible Nation, directed and produced by Vanessa Hope.
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2024 high scribe honoree
Nyad screenwriter, Julia Cox, will receive the Festival’s High Scribe Award as part of the SVFF Screenwriters Lab. Given to an individual with a profound insight, Cox has written films and television shows for Paramount, Sony, TriStar, Fox, Amazon, and Netflix, as well as indie labels such as Sister, Participant, Black Bear, L.D., and River Road. She’s known for her original work – character-driven, tense dramas – as well as her adaptations of novels and true stories. Recently, she adapted “In a Lonely Place,” “Unfollow,” and “The Great Alone,” along with original spec scripts Do No Harm and The Takeaway appearing on the annual Black List. In 2021, she was also named one of Variety’s “Ten Screenwriters to Watch.”
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What people say?
At the festival I can tell people love filmmaking in every aspect – writing, acting, cinematography, and producing. So I’m really excited to be here and meet people who are just as excited about the process as I am.
Yahya Adbul Mateen II
Sun Valley’s intimate size snuffs egos and allows personalities, connections, and the zeal for filmmaking to flourish everywhere from get-togethers in cozy cafe’s to the lofty lifts of Bald Mountain.
It’s wonderfully intimate and remains very high end in both the quality of films presented and the festival itself. Sun Valley has kept its integrity…the magic dust.
Austin von Johnson
Best Narrative Film
Linoleum, Directed by Colin West
Best documentary feature Film
Mama Bears, Directed by Daresha Kyi
We Feed People, Directed by Ron Howard
The gem state award
The best short film made in Idaho. The films in the Idaho Shorts program are eligible for this award.
Meridian, Directed by Aidan Brezonick
one in a million - narrative award
Karmalink, Directed by Jake Wachtel
one in a million - documentary award
Sirens, Directed by Rita Baghdadi
The svshorty award
The best short film across all categories. All shorts are eligible for this award.
Meridian, Directed by Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck & Robert Machoian
hot shot award
The Future Filmmakers Forum (FFF) showcases student-made films and encourages students in their craft, storytelling, and self-expression. The Future Filmmakers Forum is made possible by the Nordstrom Brothers and an annual generous gift from the Steen Family Foundation.
The First 280 Words of My Life, Directed by Ella JAnes