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6 Reasons the Sun Valley Film Festival is Better than Sundance

Sun Valley has been attracting Hollywood darlings since the 1930’s, when Averill Harriman invited his A-list Rolodex to hang out on the slopes of Dollar Mountain. On any given day you might run into Tom Hanks at the Elephant’s Perch or Jodie Foster at Java, but every March filmmakers and actors will descend en masse for the Sun Valley Film Festival. The Sun Valley Film Festival has attracted major sponsors and lauded film insiders. So does Sundance, you say? Yeah, we know. But we think we have a few things to set us apart. Come see if we’re right.

Sun Valley Film Festival Audience

Photo Courtesy of SVFF // Amanda Nagy

Come as Yourself

Filmmakers and movie lovers alike are welcome at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Whether you’re writing your first script, just wrapped a blockbuster movie, or simply like to binge watch Netflix, you’ll feel at home. Insiders and newbies mingle in theaters and lobbies throughout town. Red tape? We don’t really do that around here. But leave your selfie stick at home.

Sun Valley Film Festival Coffee Talks

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Intimate and Laid Back

The Sun Valley Film Festival is often described as intimate and laid back, just like Sun Valley itself. But don’t be fooled, the Sun Valley Film Festival is a star studded event. Film industry insiders as well as Hollywood talent will be grabbing their badges alongside festival goers. Join the daily Salon and Coffee Talks to interact with filmmakers and producers.  Discuss the future of film and digital media at the content sessions. Run into your favorite film producer at Michel’s. Get inspired at the Sawtooth Club, one of Hemingway’s favorite haunts. It’s all possible in Sun Valley. And hey, don’t forget to watch a few films (see this year’s slate).

There’s a Pass For You

Not only is there a pass for you, it won’t drain your bank account. Are you in it for the films? Grab a Film Pass for unlimited access to the films and many of the talks for $200. Want to be at the heart of the action? Grap a Festival Pass for $500. For the full experience and a bit of a peak behind the curtain, snagging an Insider Pass gets you unlimited access to both as well as priority seating for $1,000. Don’t want to miss a single second of anything, a seat at the Vision Dinner, plus a festival jacket? The Patron Pass is for you for $2,500. Pass Details

Sun valley Film Festival in downtown Ketchum, Idaho

Photo by Tory Taglio

More Sun, More Snow

Sun Valley is crushing it with sun and snow. With over 280 inches of snowfall to date this winter, 250 days of sun a year, and no lift lines, you’ll be cruising down the slopes in your own private Idaho. Grab the filmmaker you met in the bar last night and work off those schooners from Grumpy’s with a top to bottom run down Warm Springs. If alpine skiing isn’t your style, enjoy one of the many other winter activities in Sun Valley.

Sun Valley Film Festival After Parties

Photo Courtesy of SVFF // Gretchen LeMay

Sun Valley Scene

In the mood for European pizza, an Idaho baked potato, or Vietnamese fusion? Yeah, we have that (and then some). Sun Valley’s world-class restaurants offer up dining for even the most refined palette. Prefer corn dogs and beer in a glass as big as a bowling trophy? We have that too. There are plenty of places to stay up late drinking, dancing, and turning mysterious strangers into friends. Don’t forget to check out the Sun Valley Film Festival’s for rowdy live music. It’s time to make your way to Sun Valley and see for yourself. Check out the full slate of events for the Sun Valley Film Festival and grab a ticket before the chance is gone.

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