Sun Valley’s star-studded past can be traced back to 1935, when Union Pacific Chairman Averell Harriman set out West in search of the perfect location to build America’s first destination ski resort. He found his answer in the sun-drenched mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho, where he commissioned what was to become the world’s first ski-lift and put the town on the map as a winter sports paradise.
Enticed by the promise of year-round sunshine and world class skiing, legends like Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, Louis Armstrong and Marilyn Monroe flocked to the Resort in droves. Climbing aboard the Snowball Express, stars like Judy Garland and Bing Crosby danced the night away on the glamorous non-stop party train that connected the Valley to Los Angeles. Sun Valley soon became known as the playground to the stars: a haven of charm and adventure far from the maddening crowds of Hollywood.
This fabled winter wonderland is credited as the birthplace of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, the training grounds for Olympians Picabo Street and Gretchen Frasier, and the setting of Marilyn Monroe’s Bus Stop and Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider. In 2010, it became the home of the Sun Valley Film Festival, founded by filmmaker and longtime resident Teddy Grennan.
Since its inception, the Festival has brought together filmmakers at the forefront of the cinematic landscape, continuing the legacy of artists and innovators who have drawn inspiration from this unforgettable mountain paradise. SVFF is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers and established industry icons alike to escape the LA crowds for a weekend of great films, killer parties, and awesome spring skiing.