creating the long-
term legacy of
Sun Valley Film.
Members of the Founders Circle share their gifts in service to our mission by
providing our organization with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge
of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national, or international resources,
colleagues, or peers; and their generous philanthropic support. They allow us to think big,
because they believe, like we do, that the arts enhance the world around us.
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