sun valley jr film

empowering tomorrow's brightest filmmakers

SVJR Film  exposes students k-12 to the power of storytelling by providing a breadth of exciting opportunities to develop and showcase their cinematic skills. Our programming inspires students to explore a future in filmmaking and opens up pathways to make it a viable career option through Festival exposure, networking opportunities and mentorships, and skill developing workshops. 

SVJR Film is made possible by

the generous financial support of

the Steen Family Foundation,

the Hillswood Foundation

and the Nordstrom Family.

SVjr Film Competition

The Sun Valley JR Film Competition facilitates the discovery and support of the best high school filmmakers by highlighting student work in a film festival environment.


By providing the learning environment for these emerging voices in film to see filmmaking as a viable craft, they are inspired to pursue their dreams and tell their stories. Filmmakers accepted into the SVJFC will have their films judged by industry professionals and have the experience of seeing their films screened in the world class Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum, Idaho.

year round workshops and events

Sun Valley JR Film delivers educational opportunities for students to get inspired and grow their skills throughout the year. Stay tuned for more coming soon! 


previous winners

success stories

Jiayang Liu

Jiayang Liu

2020 Winner

“I was accepted and committed to my dream program of film and tv production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. I think the SVJFC definitely made my portfolio stronger and even impressed the admissions people.”
Justin Buss

Justin Buss

2019 Winner

“Not only does participation in film festivals greatly help students get into film programs in college, but there are plenty of other good reasons to do so! For students, having an event to travel to and attend is exciting, especially if they will get to see their film on the big screen. This was absolutely the case for the SVJFC! Any kind of award from a film festival, cash or trophy, looks incredibly good on a resume and it has allowed me to secure gigs in the past, and help me stand out as an applicant even to regular jobs! And it certainly helps out on a college application.”


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