Sun Valley Film Festival Announces 2016 Award Winners 

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Organizers of the fifth annual Sun Valley Film Festival said Tuesday morning they "couldn't be more pleased" with the growth of the festival, pointing to sell-outs of film passes, attendance by 150 filmmakers and special guests, and "incredibly positive feedback from both filmmakers and audiences."

They also released results of a number of festival awards, including:

Vision Award, for "a producer's ability to keep a dramatic, feature length film in focus during the journey of the project": Louder Than Bombs.

One In a Million Awards, honoring feature length stories made for less than $1 million: Babushkas of Chernobyl (documentary) and MA (narrative feature).

Audience Award, voted by movie-goers: Don't Worry Baby

Shorty Award, for the best short story film: Too Legit

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Gem State Award, presented by Zions Bank, a $1,000 jury prize to recognize an Idaho filmmaker: Plena Stellarum

Hot Shot Award, from the Future Filmmakers Forum, to the best film by a filmmaker under 18: The Story of Three Rings: A Memoir of Dana Schwartz

Nat Geo Wild to Inspire Award, an opportunity to study filmmaking and wildlife in Tanzania, Africa: To the Explorers by Alex Goetz and Justin Grubb

High Scribe, the SVFF Screenwriters Lab competition: Palimpsest, from Ben Nabor and Michael Tyburski

One Potato Short Screenplay competition, $5,000 stipends to go towards shooting their film in Idaho: There is No Arthur by Eva Konstantopoulous and Death by Acquaintance by Kevin Nielsen.

The Film Lab, presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka, awards $5,000 in filmmaking finishing funds: Bunker77






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