Wild about Sun Valley Film Festival

Wild about Sun Valley Film Festival

Pamela Kleibrink Thompson

During a preview of the Sun Valley Film Festival at JUMP (
in Boise on December 1, Filipe DeAndre, host of the new Nat Geo series Untamed, shared his passion for wildlife photography and filmmaking with the audience via a remote feed. He was one of the discoveries of National Geographic through the WILD TO INSPIRE filmmaking contest.

“Nat Geo WILd has been a partner with the Sun Valley Film Festival since year one,” states Chris Albert, Senior VP of Communications Worldwide and Talent Relations for the National Geographic Channels. “Or similar values really make it the perfect fit. We find that people who attend the festival love animals as much as we do and the festival encourages using and appreciating the value of storytelling to change the world.”

The WILD TO INSPIRE filmmaking contest is the brainchild of Teddy Grennan, executive director and co-founder of Sun Valley Film Festival and National Geographic’s Albert. WILD TO INSPIRE is designed to find and promote the next Jacques Cousteau. The ideal of the SVFF is to showcase and foster new filmmaking talent. “We’ve had the honor of hosting some of the most well-known and iconic filmmakers in years past, and we’re just as dedicated to celebrating new talents,” states SVFF’s co-founder Grennan. “WILD TO INSPIRE is an incredible opportunity to deiscover and support the next generation of rising stars.”

One rising star and past winner of WILD TO INSPIRE (2015) is Filipe De Andrade, who shared, “My life’s passion is to use my camera to inspire others to fall in love with the wild the same way I have.”


Nat Geo WILD is back this year with the Salon Series. Held daily in Festival HQ, Sun Valley Film Festival’s Nat Geo Wild’s Salon Series provides a chance for Festival guests to get up close and personal with acclaimed filmmakers. Featuring Bob Poole, Emmy Award winning wildlife documentary cinematographer, television writer/producer Kenneth Biller (Smallville, Star Trek: Voyager), showrunner of Nat Geo’s Genius, and a discussion on directing films as a woman in the industry featuring Suzannah Herbert (Break the Hold), Michelle Morgan (LA Times) and Suzi Yoonessi (Unlovable).

On March 15-19, 2017, filmmakers from all over the world will gather for the sixth annual Sun Valley Film Festival, presented by Zions Bank,. The SVFF features a curated slate of more than 60 cutting-edge films and TV premieres, engaging talks with top industry insiders,, fabulous parties and panels, a Screenwriters Lab led by award-winning writers – host Charles Randolph and judge Chris Moore – and the spectacular SVFF/Stella Artois Awards Bash featuring The Lemon Twigs. The combination of intimate insider access and cutting-edge programming in a fun, relaxed atmosphere is bringing Sun Valley Film Festival to the forefront of boutique festivals.

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Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed recruiter, career coach and animation veteran (production manager on The Simpsons, ink and paint supervisor on Paramount's animated feature Bebe's Kids.) Pamela is a popular speaker at colleges, film festivals and entertainment industry conferences around the world.She has presented courses at SIGGRAPH in San Diego, Boston, and Los Angeles; was the commencement speaker at Art Institute of Tampa, and taught the Career Realities course at Gnomon School of Visual Effects.Pamela was named one of the Top Ten Recruiters by Animation Magazine and has worked with clients around the world such as Disney Feature Animation, Technicolor in Beijing, Framestore in London, and Lucas Animation in Singapore.She has written for over 80 publications including Computer Graphics, Animation Magazine, U.S. Art, Media History Digest, Apple Directions, Art Business News, Idaho Arts Quarterly, and Animation World Network.
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