Recognizing that the arts, creativity and culture play a vital role in Idaho’s prosperity, Boise State University is once again partnering with the Sun Valley Film Festival, March 4-8. This partnership leverages the economic impact of the arts in Idaho while also providing opportunities for students, faculty and professionals to further their creative activities.

Tickets and festival passes are available now. Visit for more information. A slate of this year’s films is available at

RashandFaxonBoise State is sponsoring this year’s Screenwriters Lab, hosted by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, the Academy Award-winning writers of “The Descendants” and 2014’s “The Way Way Back.” The pair will host the lab, discuss their careers, give insight into the process of screenwriting and share some of their latest work.

“The Sun Valley Film Festival mirrors the innovation and creativity at the heart of all we do here at Boise State,” said Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development. “We are proud to be a part of this event that allows our students and the broader community to learn from industry experts.”

In an effort to increase the number of university students who are able to attend the festival, organizers have partnered with the university to offer a $100 Boise State student pass that includes round-trip bus transportation, tickets to four individual films, admission to the Screenwriters Lab, the Content Panel and more.

“Boise State has been a tremendous supporter, so we were thrilled to work together on an initiative to bring students to the film festival,” said Candice Pate, festival director. “I think it demonstrates Boise State’s commitment to providing unique cultural experiences for their students and it exposes younger people to the diverse arts community growing in Sun Valley.”

The event, now in its fourth 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. And while the festival is known for drawing well-known industry heavyweights and creative independents, it also is a vibrant laboratory for student filmmakers.

BruceDernThis year the festival will screen about 60 curated films, host competitions, filmmaker Q&A sessions, parties, and panels, and offer a Future Filmmakers Forum, Coffee Talks (featuring Bruce Dern) and music performances from the London Souls and The Weeks.

For more information about the festival, go to