Sun Valley Council Nixes Funding For Family of Woman Film Festival

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The Sun Valley City Council tightened its purse strings and handed out less funding than requested to some of the Wood River Valley's highest profile special events.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the council decided to provide $15,500 out of $25,000 allocated in its budget for special events. What's more, the council was deadlocked on giving any money at all to the Sun Valley Film Festival or the Sun Valley Harvest Festival. That's when Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe stepped in to break the tie and approve some funding. Ultimately the Harvest Festival was granted $5,000, while the Sun Valley Film Festival was also granted $5,000—$1,000 less than requested.

The council voted not to provide any funding to the Family of Woman Film Festival.

"A local resident called me and was very opposed to us spending on your organization," Sun Valley Councilman Franz Suhadolnik told organizers. "He cited that organizations we fund should be non-partisan, non-political and non-sectarian. I question the event and the event's funding."

But Peggy Goldwyn, host of the film festival—which donates proceeds to the United Nations Population Fund to support women's programs around the world—took exception to the remarks, according to the Mountain Express.

"The funds from this festival go toward education," she said. "I only pick the best films that establish the status of women and girls throughout the world."