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Oliver Stone to be honored at in Sun Valley

Posted at 12:46 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 14:46:46-05

SUN VALLEY -- Academy Award-winning writer and director Oliver Stone will be honored with the Lifetime Vision Award at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival, March 2-6 in Sun Valley. The event is  presented by Zions Bank.

Stone has been credited with writing and directing over 20 full-length feature films, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history for some of the most influential and iconic films of the last two decades.

The Sun Valley Film Festival Lifetime Vision Award pays tribute to an individual who has provided the “keen insight, influence and initiative to fulfill a creative vision.”

Last year, the festival honored filmmaker and actor Clint Eastwood.

Festival executive director Teddy Grennan said he is thrilled to have Oliver join the Festival next March. “We’re honored to have industry visionaries like Oliver and Clint be part of our new festival. Our focus on quality content and unique programming is definitely making an impact,” Grennan said.

Organizers say Stone will also be part of the Festival’s “Coffee Talks” series. During the free and informal gathering, Oliver will discuss his long, varied and provocative film career and answer questions from the audience.

Stone will be presented with the SVFF Lifetime Vision Award on Saturday evening, March 5 at Sun Valley Resort’s historic Roundhouse on Bald Mountain. “I have heard great things about the Sun Valley Film Festival and am excited and honored to participate this year,” Stone said.

The 2016 SVFF, recognized by USA Today as one of the Top Ten “Great Places for a Fabulous Film Festival.” It will feature a slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, talks with top industry insiders, parties and panels.

Passes for the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival are now on sale, and until December 31st at a 10% discount.

Passes come in three different levels: the Festival Pass which includes priority access to all scheduled films, parties and panels; the Film Pass, which includes access to films and select panels, and the Party Pass, which includes access to scheduled Festival parties and the HQ Lounge. Individual film tickets will go on sale once the film slate has been announced in early February.

For details and to purchase festival passes: www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org