Best Sophomore Year

Sun Valley Film Festival shines with some Oscar-winning help

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By the time Jodie Foster walked into the intimate but packed-to-the-gills NexStage Theatre in downtown Ketchum March 17, enthusiasm for the second annual Sun Valley Film Festival had already built to a fever pitch.

"Remember how it is now," said Foster. "Years from now, the lines may be longer and you'll think back on this year."

SVFF is a far cry from Cannes, Sundance or the Toronto film festivals. And that's a very good thing. While it doesn't have a stream of big-budget premieres, it also doesn't have the paparazzi or pretension. But it already has some star power in one of its biggest fans.

"I will continue to be part of the festival for years to come," said the two-time Oscar-winning Foster.

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