Film & Music Festivals Headline March Activities in Gem State - Sun Valley Film Festival and Treefort Music Fest bring creative crowds to Idaho

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In addition to bluebird ski days, budding trees, and animals emerging from winter slumber, creativity also comes alive with the Idaho spring. Two action-packed weekend festivals in March celebrate Idaho’s creative spirit through film, music and art.

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In addition to bluebird ski days, budding trees, and animals emerging from winter slumber, creativity also comes alive with the Idaho spring. Two action-packed weekend festivals in March celebrate Idaho’s creative spirit through film, music and art.

The Sun Valley Film Festival is up first, running March 14-17, 2013 in Sun Valley, with films, parties, events and fabulous skiing. The event showcases more than 60 films of varying length, including nine world premieres. Stand-out events include a “Coffee Talk” with Academy Award-winning actress, producer and director Jodie Foster, as well as a Screenwriter’s Lab led by Will McCormack, an Independent Spirit Award Nominee and producer of “Celeste & Jesse Forever.” Keeping in the Idaho spirit, the Festival has one award—the “Gem State Award”—given to the filmmaker who best captures the beauty and diversity of Idaho. Visit http://sunvalleyfilmfestival.org for the film lineup and more information. Get Festival updates on Facebook (SunValleyFilmFestival) and Twitter (SunValleyFilm).

Next up is the Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 21-24, 2013 in downtown Boise. With more than 260 festival artists from all over the world, Treefort is bound to rock. Headliners include Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Animal Collective and The Walkmen, as well as a great line-up of Idaho bands including Built to Spill, Youth Lagoon, Finn Riggins and Hillfolk Noir, among many others. Back for a second year, Alefort is a celebration of craft and specialty beers from Idaho breweries and retailers and a few out-of-town brewery guests. Local favorites Payette, Crooked Fence and Sockeye breweries will showcase their libations for the crowd. Visit http://treefortmusicfest.com for more information and get Treefort updates on Facebook (treefortmusicfest) and Twitter (TreefortFest).

Creative crossover is intentional, with the Sun Valley Film Festival Opening Night Party featuring Treefort acts Built to Spill and Finn Riggins. The Treefort Music Fest will feature panel discussions on music video production and a screening from the Los Angeles Music Video Festival. Additionally, there will be a full day of music-related films showing at the Egyptian Theatre on the final day of the Treefort festival.

The country is taking notice of Idaho’s creative focus, with Sun Valley just recognized by USA Today as one of the ‘Top 10 Great Places for a Fabulous Film Fest’ and Treefort hailed by Music Festival Junkies as Best Debut Festival in 2012.

It is easy to experience culture and creativity in Idaho. Simply purchase tickets for the events listed above and head to Sun Valley and Boise. Special lodging deals can be found on the event websites. Share your thoughts and photos from the event by hashtagging them with #SVFF and #Treefort2013.

Idaho—Adventures in Living
Idaho is home to thousands of miles of biking trails, mountains to climb, lakes to fish, 18 ski resorts and more whitewater than any other state in the lower 48. So take a break from it all and come out to play. Idaho — adventures in living. Go to visitidaho.org for more information and vacation ideas.

Contact: Laurie McConnell, Idaho Tourism, 208.334.2470, laurie(dot)mcconnell(at)tourism(dot)idaho(dot)gov.

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