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COVID-19 Festival Information

March 18th, 2020

Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to navigate the realities of cancelling a festival less than a week before launch. As a burgeoning event with over $5M of economic impact to the Wood River Valley and its residents, this was not a decision we made lightly.  A cancellation like this will greatly affect us – nearly 99% of our expenses have already been incurred and our event insurance does not cover a cancellation under these unique circumstances. Quite honestly, we find ourselves in a precarious position.                                                                                                                     

As we move through these challenging times we urge you to please consider donating your pass or ticket purchase for a full tax deduction to help ensure the economic viability of this organization. In the event you choose not to convert your purchase to a donation, though our policy has always been no refunds, we are offering the option to defer your pass to next year. Please note the offer is not transferable and available only to the purchaser.

All pass and ticket holders should have received an email with a link to a form to fill out.  If not please reach out to boxoffice@sunvalleyfilmfestival.org

Our amazing staff of fourteen has been working tirelessly for upwards of a year to build an amazing experience for you and everyone involved, and we are devastated that the show cannot go on. We wish we were able to give you the experience at films, parties and panels as we had planned. Please accept our apologies. 

We are grateful for you, our incredible community, and your support now and in the future.  

Stay healthy and safe. 

March 12,2020

Due to the rapidly escalating Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) is cancelling the Festival, March 18-22.  “We are actively supporting the global and local effort to combat this pandemic by cancelling this year’s Festival. The health and safety of our community and all of our participants is our top priority and we know this is the right and responsible decision. We look forward to seeing you all next year for our 10th anniversary in 2021,” stated Festival Executive Director Teddy Grennan.

With over $5 million dollars of economic impact to the community, this was not a decision that was made lightly, but ultimately the protection of the public health and safety of the community is paramount. 

The Festival is actively working through logistics created by this unprecedented situation and will communicate next steps with its supporters, partners, pass and ticket holders as soon as possible. 

The SVFF will continue to work hard to support emerging voices in film and share the magic of storytelling.  Though the March 2020 Festival will no longer take place as intended, the non-profit SVFF organization will continue to strive toward its mission as it looks forward to its 10th anniversary event in 2021.