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Sun Valley Film Festival announces 2020 celebrity honorees

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Posted at 5:12 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 07:12:26-05

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — With just weeks to go, the Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) announces the celebrities it will honor at this year's event.

Topping the list is Amy Poehler, receiving the 2020 Vision Award for her role as a producer. The Vision Awards are given to cinematic icons whose contributions to the art of cinema have changed the industry for the better. From her accomplishments as an actor, writer, producer and executive producer of award-winning productions such as Parks and Recreation, Inside Out, Russian Doll and Saturday Night Live. Poehler's award will be presented at a private dinner for patrons, sponsors and other special guests on Saturday night of the festival.

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The 2020 SVFF Pioneer Award will be given to the award-winning director, writer and producer, Eliza Hittman at Friday night's Pioneer Party. Hittman won the Silver Bear Grand Jury prize in Berlin for her film Never Rarely Sometimes Always, as well as a special jury prize at Sundance. Catch Hittman for a Q&A after the screening of her film at 7:30 on March 20 at the Opera House.

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Winston Duke is the 2020 Rising Star and will receive the award Thursday night of the festival. Duke made his feature film debut in Black Panther, the third highest-grossing film ever in the United States as the character M'Bakuas. He went on to receive an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in Jordan Peele's US. Duke will be participating in a Q&A after his film featured at the festival, Nine Days, and will be part of Coffee Talks on March 20.

You can find a full list of movies and a schedule of films, panels and parties here.