Legendary Filmmaker Oliver Stone to be honored with Lifetime Vision Award at 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival


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Sun Valley, ID (December 7, 2015) – Oliver Stone, Academy Award®-winning writer and director, will be honored with the Lifetime Vision Award at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival, (SVFF), March 2-6 in Sun Valley, Idaho, presented by Zions Bank.  Stone has been credited with writing and directing over 20 full-length feature films, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history for some of the most influential and iconic films of the last two decades.

The SVFF Lifetime Vision Award pays tribute to an individual who has provided the keen insight, influence and initiative to fulfill a creative vision. Last year, the festival honored Clint Eastwood and Festival executive director Teddy Grennan is thrilled to have Oliver join next March. “We’re honored to have industry visionaries like Oliver and Clint be part of our new festival. Our focus on quality content and unique programming is definitely making an impact.”


At the Festival, Stone will also be part of the Coffee Talks series, which Zions Bank has helped fashion into one of the most intimate parts of the weekend. During the free and informal gathering, Oliver will discuss his long, varied and provocative film career and answer questions from the audience.


Stone will be presented with the SVFF Lifetime Vision Award on Saturday evening, March 5 at Sun Valley Resort’s historic Roundhouse on Bald Mountain and is looking forward to coming to Sun Valley. “I have heard great things about the Sun Valley Film Festival and am excited and honored to participate this year,” he remarked.


Mark Duplass, an award-winning writer, director, actor and producer of independent film and television, hosts the 2016 Screenwriters Lab, one of SVFF’s unique signature forums, presented by Boise State University. Academy Award®-winning co-writer of The Descendants, Nat Faxon, will be the judge for the Lab’s High Scribe screenplay competition with submissions of original screenplays and TV pilots from aspiring writers.


The 2016 SVFF, recognized by USA Today as one of the Top Ten “Great Places for a Fabulous Film Festival,” will feature a curated slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, engaging Coffee Talks with top industry insiders, fabulous parties and panels. The combination of cutting-edge programming and bona-fide insider access in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is making the Sun Valley Film Festival a rising star in the world of destination festivals. This coming spring, filmmakers from around the world will bring their vision to the Sun Valley Film Festival, and movie lovers are invited to watch it come into focus.