Sun Valley Film Festival winners announced
Eight awards were presented to filmmakers at the conclusion of the 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank.
Winners announced at the Alaska Airlines Closing Awards Ceremony include:
VISION AWARD WINNER: Sean Baker, “Starlet”
The Vision Award was presented by Academy Award®-winning actress Jodie Foster and recognized the producer's ability to keep a feature-length narrative in focus during the journey of the project. (pictured: Jodie Foster, Sean Baker)
ONE IN A MILLION WINNERS:
Documentary: “Uprising” by Fredrik Stanton; Narrative: “First Winter” by Benjamin Dickinson
This award honored feature-length stories made for under a million dollars. One narrative and one documentary film were recognized.
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: “Stuck” by Stuart Acher
The SVFF Audience Award is “the voice of the Valley” and was selected by audience text vote.
GEM STATE AWARD WINNER: “Craters of the Moon” by Jesse Millward
Zions Bank presented the $1,000 award to the Idaho filmmaker whose work best reflected the beauty and diversity of the Gem State.
HOT SHOT WINNER: “Finding Erica Jone”s by Natalie Markiles
The Young Filmmaker Award was presented to best film helmed by a student under 18 years old.
SHORTY WINNER: “The Test” by Anthony DiBlasi
Best Short Film went to the best short story film, no matter the genre or aesthetic.
MINI MIXED MEDIA WINNER:
“DoneToMyLove & EastCoastDying” by Gayse; Director Tyler Williams
This award recognized the top music video, a webby, a sizzle reel, or a short film.
SCREENWRITER’S LAB HIGH SCRIBE: “Life of the World to Come” by Cody Tucker
(This winner was selected and announced at the Screenwriter’s Lab on March 14)
In a surprise addition to the Closing Awards Ceremony, Jodie Foster was presented with a key to the City of Sun Valley by Mayor DeWayne Briscoe. In the presentation, he noted Foster has contributed significantly to the growth of the Festival and helped put it on the national radar through her participation this year. “We all appreciate your support of this community and honor you with this key to the city,” he stated.
The 2nd annual Sun Valley Film Festival, recognized as one of the “Ten great places for a fabulous film festival” by USA Today, nearly doubled its ticket sales this year -- and organizers are calling the event another tremendous success. An estimated 2,500 people attended.
The 2013 Festival featured over 60 cutting edge films and TV premieres, engaging coffee talks with industry insiders, parties with top entertainment including indie rock legends Built to Spill, a Screenwriter’s Lab led by Independent Spirit Award nominee Will McCormack, and the Alaska Airlines Closing Awards Après-Ski Ceremony.
The 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival is presented by Zions Bank. Major sponsors included Alaska Airlines, Nat Geo WILD, Sun Valley Resort, Tito's Handmade Vodka, SVPN, and InkTip.
(photo: courtesy CW Communications)