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Sun Valley Film Festival goes online April 14-18

Dan Webster

Above: "The Good Lord Bird," starring Ethan Hawke, will screen as part of the 2021 Sun Valley Film Festival. (Photo/Showtime)

Here’s another reminder that the Seattle International Film Festival begins its 2021 run on Thursday. This year, for the first time, SIFF won’t require those of us living in Eastern Washington to make that long trek west across the Cascades.

That’s because the 219 films – including 93 feature-length works – that the festival is presenting this year will be available for streaming. Click here for more information.

But you already know that. What you might not know is that much the same applies to this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival. That festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a five-day run beginning April 14th.

One of the SVFF 2021 highlights will feature documentary filmmaker Freida Lee Mock – a Sun Valley resident, by the way – screening her film “Ruth – Justice Ginsberg in Her Own Words,” which had been set as the opening film of last year’s canceled festival. So it goes.

This, of course, will be a far different kind of festival than usual. As the festival’s website says, “From screenings in the snow to an unforgettable reception at Hemingway’s restored hunting lodge, SVFF captures the spirit of a bygone era: one that comes alive for one magical weekend each March as we celebrate the shared wonder of film.”

That’s the traditional message, of course. This year things will be far different. But movie fans still will be able to get their cinema fix.

Note: Tickets to individual movies won’t be sold. An All Access Pass runs $150, which allows “attendees (to) stream everything the festival has to offer from the comfort of their own homes.”

And beware: Passes, which went on sale Monday, are limited.

Click here to see the full lineup.

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