Future Filmmakers Display Their Talents in Sun Valley


By Aimee Burnett

Sun Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Young filmmakers from across the Gem State and the nation used this year's Sun Valley Film Festival to display their talents.

The Future Filmmakers Forum debuted at the festival over the weekend.

"It came right after I was having a breakup myself and kind of struggling to find out why and all the usual stuff that comes with that. So, this was kind of my way of exploring that," said Writer/Director Ethan Holt of how he came up with the idea for his film.

Holt is a senior at Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho. He's also the winner of the Sun Valley Film Festival's Gem State Junior Award. His film "The Mind Absent of Silence" was part of the forum.

It was one of just over twenty chosen out of the nearly sixty submitted.

"We like to create a lot of opportunities to particularly give kids their voice and put it out there in the medium," Pirie Grossman, Co-Director of the Future Filmmakers Forum explained.

The forum encourages students from middle school on up to get involved in the film making process. It also provides a platform for them to meet with fellow student filmmakers and those working in the field.

“I don't know a lot of filmmakers personally being from Meridian. And, it was really interesting and cool to see other filmmakers from Idaho, on the screen, and seeing what they can do," said Holt.

"The future is in these future filmmakers hands. They have so much technology available to them and I even enjoyed Vine videos, you know? Six second videos," explained Bex Wilkinson, Co-Director, Future Filmmakers Forum.

"And, their voices... I mean really listening, seeing all the different subject matter. It's interesting to see what kids are thinking about, what they want to talk about," Grossman said.

Today's voices that could be on the big screens of tomorrow.

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