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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Boise State Partners With Sun Valley Film Festival
Recognizing that the arts, creativity and culture play a vital role in Idaho’s prosperity, Boise State University is announcing a new partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival, scheduled for March 13-16.
This partnership will not only provide opportunities for students, faculty and professionals to further their creative activities, it also will leverage the economic impact of the arts in Idaho.
“Arts and culture provide more than ideas and inspiration — they spur the creativity and innovation that are a vital part of Idaho’s quality of life and our future,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “Boise State is committed to positioning our students at this intersection of the arts and innovation.”
The arts create a wide diversity of jobs, employing writers, designers, film and video producers, as well as other positions in advertising, media, tourism and entertainment.
“Communities that support the arts and culture not only enhance their quality of life, they also invest in their economic well-being,” said Terri Schorzman, director of the Boise City Department of Arts & History.
Film Festival Director Candice Pate said the Sun Valley event, now in its third year, has become known as a filmmaker’s festival in part because the area is so steeped in cinematic history, but also due to its intimate location far from the Hollywood scene.
“We have a proven knack for drawing industry heavyweights and independents,” Pate said. “But the Sun Valley Film Festival also offers student and Idaho filmmakers the chance to showcase their work.
“This new partnership with Boise State — especially the addition of its students and faculty — brings a new vibrancy to the festival this year and for years to come,” Pate said.
The festival will screen more than 50 curated films and host filmmaker Q&A sessions, parties and panels. There will be several new programs, including conTent — an afternoon dedicated to digital content — the Future Filmmakers Forum and Works-in-Progress workshop. As part of Boise State’s partnership with the festival, the university will present the signature standing-room-only Coffee Talks with top industry insiders.
The Sun Valley Screenwriters Lab will be hosted by Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten, co-screenwriters of the Academy Award-nominated “Dallas Buyers Club.”