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Jodie Foster Adds Star Power to Sun Valley Film Festival

"I love Sun Valley and am happy to support this new film festival that is building on the incredible heritage of a beautiful place."

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The lineup of more than 50 films that will screen at the 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival hasn't yet been unveiled, but the second annual showcase--which runs Thursday, March 14-Sunday, March 17--already has some major star wattage.

"I love Sun Valley and am happy to support this new film festival that is building on the incredible heritage of a beautiful place," said two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster in a press release.

Foster will be the featured guest at a free coffee talk Sunday, March 17, at the SVFF. At the informal gathering, Foster is expected to discuss her career, which she began as a child actress and has continued through Academy Award-winning turns in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs. Foster will also present one of the festival's several awards, honoring directors and screenwriters.

"I know the secret to writing. It is writing," said Will McCormack, the screenwriter of Celeste and Jesse Forever, who will participate in the festival's screenwriters' lab. "If you really want to do this, and only you know the answer to that, don't have a 'Plan B.' Abandon yourself to it and go for it."

"I am happy to be a part of it," he added. "But really, everyone has their own path to screenwriting and no two paths are the same."

The lab will also have a competitive aspect, where one of the festival's finalists will be fortunate enough to see his or her screenplay come to life during a table read featuring local and professional actors.

"We hope [the lab] will add a unique element that's education-based and give everyone the opportunity to learn from the professionals in the business in an intimate setting," said festival spokesperson Carol Waller.

In addition to Foster's March 17 chat with the public, Jim Burke, Oscar-nominated producer of The Descendants, will share his insights at a separate coffee talk Friday, March 15.

"Although the festival is only in its second year, the interest we have been generating from filmmakers around the globe--from industry visionaries like Jodie and from movie lovers across the country--has been remarkable," said SVFF Executive Director Teddy Grennan.

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