2019 Sun Valley Film Festival sees strongest year yet

Published: Mar. 18, 2019 at 10:47 AM MDT
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The curtains came down on the Sun Valley Film Festival as it wrapped up its festivities on Sunday.

The eight annual event unites filmmakers, movie enthusiasts and industry experts for a four-day festival experience.

The festival concluded with the final Coffee Talks series with actress Meg Ryan who was this year's Vision Award recipient, it was then followed by the last few film showings at the Argyros Performing Arts Center and Opera House.

Festival director Candice Pate said it was the strongest year so far.

"I think the big piece of it is this new Argyros Performing Arts Center, which is just a dream," Pate said. "We felt like we were all over Main Street. There were tons of great people in town, out of town, lots of locals came out."

The festival aimed to connect filmmakers.

"We really discovered it this, connecting filmmakers with grants, mentorship, with each other, with audiences that are hungry to learn more is really where we shine," Pate said.

Idaho native actor Aaron Paul was also recognized for his contributions behind the scenes and innovation to the film industry. He was honored with the Pioneer Award and participated in the Coffee Talks series.

Pate said they're looking forward to next year's festival.

"I'd like to explore more TV stuff, some streaming stuff and really kind of look for the best of the best and regardless on what platform is being shown on, bring it in and put it on the big screen," Pate said.

The 9th Annual Film Festival date is set for March 11-15, 2020.