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Family of Woman Film Festival

The Family of Woman Film Festival was founded in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2008, by Friends of UNFPA Board Member, Peggy Elliott Goldwyn, to bring attention to the work of The United Nations Population Fund which works in more than 150 countries to assure women and girls have access to reproductive health care, education and basic human rights. Stephanie Freid-Perenchio became Co-Chair of the Festival in 2012.

The festival presents five feature documentaries and dramas films each year from around the world, that highlight the status of women in different societies. International guest speakers and filmmakers engage with the community through free public lectures and programs at local schools. The Festival has collaborated with many community organizations in special projects. Films premiered at the festival have also been screened in satellite Family of Woman events in Minneapolis, Seattle, New York and Chicago.

  • In 2013, a collaboration with Boise State University was initiated to bring films and speakers to the campus as well as to the Boise Area.
  • In 2014, the annual keynote address was named the Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture of the Health and Dignity of Women, in honor of a local philanthropist deeply committed to working on behalf of women and children around the world. In the same year, a new feature was added, Filmmaker Retrospective, honoring a previous filmmaker participant for their work, and a collaboration with Boise State University was initiated, bringing a Festival film and speaker to the campus.
  • In 2015, the Family of Woman Film Festival launched a new partnership with Women Deliver, a leading global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights and wellbeing. POV Breakfasts, two intimate discussions with international speakers, were added to the Festival events, open to donors of $500 and above. Boise State University became a major Festival sponsor, with films and speakers at the University in conjunction with the main Festival in Sun Valley. In addition, Idaho State University in Pocatello initiated a second academic collaboration by screening a Festival film followed by a filmmaker discussion.
  • In 2016, the theme of the Festival was "Women Thinking Globally and Acting Locally"
  • The 2017 dates are February 17-March 5