2017 SUN VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES HONOREES

The 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF), presented by Zions Bank, announced that it will honor Geena Davis, Brett Ratner and Allison Williams over the weekend of March 15-19. Geena Davis will receive the Vision Award, Brett Ratner will receive the Pioneer Award and Allison Williams will receive the Rising Star Award. Dynamic duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly will attend for Coffee Talks. Other Festival attendees include Chace Crawford, Charles Randolph, Chris Moore, Dree Hemingway, Jonathan Glickman, and Tony Hale.

Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis will receive the Vision Award on Saturday, March 18 and is this year’s honoree and guest speaker at the Grande Dame Brunch. One of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Davis’s film credits include The Accidental Tourist, Thelma and Louise, Beetlejuice and A League of Their Own as well as the upcoming Marjorie Prime with Tim Robbins and Jon Hamm. Besides founding the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, she started the Bentonville Film Festival in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry.

Brett Ratner will receive Nat Geo WILD’s Pioneer Award on Friday, March 17, and be part of the Festival’s Coffee Talk Series with producer and President of MGM’s Film division, Jonathan Glickman. Besides enjoying critical acclaim as a producer including The Revenant and Before the Flood, Ratner is known for directing the films Rush Hour trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand, Family Man, and Red Dragon.

Allison Williams will receive the Festival’s inaugural Rising Star Award on Thursday, March 16, as well as participate in a Coffee Talk discussion. Williams makes her feature film debut in number one box office hit Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele. She is currently starring in the final season of HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning television series, Girls.

Brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly join the Festival this year for the Coffee Talks Series- the Festival’s most loved event. Coffee Talks are an opportunity for award-winning filmmakers and industry insiders to share their war stories in an intimate and accessible environment. The writer/producer team responsible for classic comedies such as Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself and Irene, Shallow Hal, There’s Something about Mary, and The Heartbreak Kid will take the stage Sunday, March 19th for a discussion of comedy filmmaking.

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