Escape to the Sun Valley Film Festival

Filmgoers waited for the screening of Running from Crazy

Filmgoers lined up at the Opera House Thursday afternoon before the doors opened for the 2013 Sun Valley Film Festival

It’s on! On Thursday, the second Sun Valley Film Festival kicked off and kicked into high gear on a gorgeous, warm spring afternoon. A full half hour before the 5:15 screening time for Running from Crazy, a documentary starring long-time part-time Sun Valley resident Mariel Hemingway, the line outside of the historic Opera House reached past the swan pond, almost back to the Sun Valley Inn. This alone indicates how excited people are about the Film Festival. “On time” in our casual town is a very subjective term.  People often don’t arrive for an event, no matter how highly anticipated it may be, until five minutes before the doors open. But not for this, the first featured movie of the Film Festival. This was a sell out.

These two chic women were among the many locals clearing the weekend calendar for the Film Festival

These two chic women were among the many locals clearing the weekend calendar for the Film Festival

Proudly wearing Festival passes on lanyards around their necks, filmgoers buzzed with excitement. “This is the highlight of the year!” enthused one woman waiting in line. Her friend added, “We are going to try to as many screenings as possible. I don’t want to miss anything!”

It would be impossible to attend the more than 40 offerings through March 17, but there are choices to fit everyone’s schedule and to appeal to every taste. A full complement of visual offerings includes dramatic features, documentaries, short films, works-in-progress, music videos, children’s programming and freebies. Screenings will be held at the Opera House in Sun Valley, the nexStage Theater and Magic Lantern Cinema in Ketchum, and the Liberty Theater in Hailey. For a full schedule, to buy tickets and to learn more about the Sun Valley Film Festival, click HERE.

Film Festival HQ is located at 251 N. Washington Avenue in Ketchum

Check in at Film Festival HQ at 251 N. Washington Ave. in Ketchum for tickets and information

And be sure to keep your ticket stubs while at the Sun Valley Resort. Sun Valley Film Festival ticket holders will receive 10 percent off of food and beverage at any Village restaurant with a valid ticket stub or festival pass. The offer is valid though March 17 (for the individual ticket holder only).

Fired up by what you have seen? Make your way to the Inn Lobby Lounge to continue the conversation. The Lounge will open early throughout the Festival, providing an elegant, comfortable spot to have a cocktail and a bite to eat while debating the finer points of a narrative arc and character development. On Friday, swing by the lounge beginning at 3 p.m., on Saturday at 2 p.m., and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Sun Valley welcomes Festival goers

Sun Valley welcomes Festival goers

The lineup at this year’s Festival will take you around the corner and around the world. The films are thought provoking, hilarious, moving. Escape to the movies this weekend and be a part of what is sure to be one of the highlights of the spring season in Sun Valley!