Middle- and high-school students filled the JUMP studios earlier in the day, getting some real-world experience with professional camera and editing equipment. The event evolved into a party as SVFF officials announced a list of grants and prizes for budding filmmakers of all ages.
"It's the part of the Sun Valley Film Festival I love the most," said SVFF Director of Programming Laura Mehlhaff. "This year, we have significantly more prizes to inspire filmmakers: a short film screenplay competition; the continuation of our One Potato Initiative, where were give thousands of dollars toward the production of an Idaho-made film; plus more money to help complete works-in-progress in order to push those films over the finish line."
- George Prentice
- National Geographic filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade speaks to attendees of SVFF kickoff event from his film set in New Mexico.
"I love you guys," DeAndrade told the gathering in Boise, his image beamed via Skype onto a large screen at JUMP. "Can I change my relationship status from 'it's complicated' to 'committed?'"
DeAndrade said his journey over the past 18 months has been "scary" and "invigorating," and "the best decision I've ever met." He spoke from his set in New Mexico, where he is filming some of North America's most unique predators in the wild for Untamed, which searches out diverse animal species in the U.S.
"Sun Valley Film Festival changed my life forever," he said.
Mehlhaff and her programming team said they were pretty busy curating a slate of films and events for the festival, which runs March 15-19, adding, "It will be here before you know it."
- George Prentice
- Attendees of the SVFF kickoff previewed footage from filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade new series Untamed, premiering in March 2017.