Over the years, we’ve built up important support for storytellers. Since 2012 we have created opportunities for storytellers and propelled emerging voices with grants, education and professional guidance.
But it’s not enough. We want to be the alma mater of the next wave of award-winning storytellers. We’re working to support these programs year-round.
If you’re interested in supporting the Initiative and learning more, please contact us with the form at the bottom of the page.
provides support to one producer to finish an ongoing project.
develops young artists by helping them build a network, earn recognition and learn through professional mentoring.
matches talent with opportunity, helps writers build their network, earn recognition and find work.
helps finish films and bring more quality stories to the world.
promotes filmmaking in Idaho by funding films, and providing a network and advisors.
New for 2021. Support for new voices in film as they face vital career transitions
Over the last 10 years the Sun Valley Festival, through the Initiative, has developed professionals and provided support to filmmakers and students.
IN-KIND FILMMAKER SUPPORT
Filipe DeAndrade won our Wild to Inspire competition and went on to secure his dream job as a National Geographic filmmaker with his own show.
Ben Nabors (left) turned his SVFF short into a feature High Scribe winning screenplay that was developed into a film with an award-winning cast, culminating with its world premiere at the Sundance film festival.
Samantha Silva, a screenwriter, found support, empowerment and a love of directing film after being selected for 1 Potato.
Charlene deGuzman (right) won Film Lab and used the feedback and funds to finish her film, which premiered at SXSW, and landed a distribution deal.