Local Filmmakers Display Their Work At The Sun Valley Film Festival


By Aimee Burnett

Sun Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Industry insiders are raving about the Sun Valley Film Festival.

Local filmmakers are loving the opportunity to display their work in the community they love.

"I'm now really embracing these smaller festivals that are just quality. And, they're what Sundance and SXSW used to be. And, Sun Valley I have to say just completely epitomizes that," says Scilla Andreen.

Andreen is the CEO and founder of Indieflix.

Variety calls it the Netflix of independent film.

"We stream shorts, features, documentaries, web series... and now we've opened it up for independent television. And, it's content is from all over the world," Andreen explains.

But, how it's different than Netflix... is it pays filmmakers for every minute watched.

And, filmmakers can directly submit their films online.

"We probably accept about 5% of all submissions, so you need to own your rights, clear your music and tell a great story," Andreen says.

The Sun Valley Film Festival opened up a new venue for local filmmakers to debut their work on a prestigious platform.

"It's really exciting for me to be here in my hometown, an Idaho filmmaker, and to have this kind of support from a festival and to have a place that I can show my work," says Desiree Fawn, a local filmmaker.

"Capturing Wild Horses" is Fawn’s second documentary to take part in the festival.

It covers the wild horse round-up that took place in Challis in 2012.

"We have a lot of horse lovers in this community, a lot of people that are sensitive to the wild horses, especially to the horses when they're being rounded up by helicopter. People in the audience were sensitive to some of the footage I was showing. I knew it would be tough for some people to see," Fawn explains.

The debut of a highly anticipated documentary sold out the day before.

"You have to make a great movie, get it up on all platforms, then you have to market it," Andreen points out.

A feat that's becoming a bit easier for Idaho filmmakers... Thanks to the Sun Valley Film Festival.

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