Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors. In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Accidental Tourist. Her other film credits include Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own, Tootsie, The Fly, Beetlejuice The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little. Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief,” earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama. Davis stars in the upcoming feature film “Marjorie Prime” with Tim Robbins and Jon Hamm.
Davis is also recognized for her tireless advocacy of gender equality in media nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. In 2015, Davis launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), an unprecedented initiative in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry and serves as it’s Co-Founder and Chair. In 2012, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Davis was recently awarded the Women in Motion award from Kering and the Cannes Film Festival for her contributions to the movie industry and the women’s cause as part of a program that aims to support female professionals in the film business.
2017 VISION AWARD
The SVFF Vision Award pays tribute to an industry icon that has provided the keen insight, influence and initiative to fulfill their creative vision. We have already honored Clint Eastwood and Oliver Stone and look forward to continuing this proud tradition at the SVFF 2017.
Each year, the Lifetime Vision Award is presented on the Saturday night of the festival at Sun Valley's historic Roundhouse restaurant. Filmmakers and patrons take the gondola up Bald Mountain to enjoy a sumptuous feast with exquisite views all in celebration of our honoree’s remarkable achievements. Attendance at this event is limited to select patrons, sponsors and special guests.