Save the date. Save a few while you're at it. Just as snow begins to cap Idaho's mountaintops, the Sun Valley Film Festival is launching a series of events leading up to its third annual showcase, slated for March 13-16, 2014. But before the curtain goes up in Sun Valley, organizers are turning the camera lens toward Boise.
"The Boise audience is a really great fit into the SVFF," said festival director Candice Pate. "We want to bring them into the fold by giving them a little taste; let's call this a bite-size mini-fest."
But there will be plenty to chew on at the Best of the SVFFest, Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Knitting Factory. With plenty of music, drinks and food, attendees will also get a chance to view Craters of the Moon, winner of the Gem State Award at the 2013 SVFF, and STUCK, winner of the audience award.
Meanwhile, filmmakers from across the globe are already submitting entries for the 2014 fest, bidding for a treasured slot in one of the many categories: feature-length dramas and documentaries, shorts, animation, youth films and mixed media. This year's festival showcased 33 features, culled from hundreds of entries from 21 nations. SVFF 2013 also included 20 short films, 13 students films and 15 music videos. Submission info is available at sunvalleyfilmfestival.org/submissions.
"Filmmakers are recognizing that they're really lucky to get onto our slate because the Sun Valley audience is really sophisticated," said SVFF Executive Director Teddy Grennan. "Idaho audiences are savvy. They really know the score."