Stephen Savage

Founder, Director, and Chairman of the Idyllwild International Festival Of Cinema


Stephen Savage is an award-winning, screenwriter, producer, and film, TV, and commercial director. Named one of the New Indie Mavericks by The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen’s writing and directing resume includes the sleeper hit of the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival, “Cosmic Radio” (which was also a special invited film to The Sundance Film Festival that year), the Sundance Channel western-thriller “The Hunter’s Moon”, and “Legacy”, now in worldwide release in seven languages. His commercial work for companies like Tesla, Hyundai, Kia, Accura, and the 2012 Super Bowl spot for Suzuki, along with his direction of all access concert footage of the LA Philharmonic, Billy Idol, Carls Santana, and Morrissey at The Hollywood Bowl, have earned Stephen a place among the most active independent filmmakers working today. Having worked with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars, and now as the author of a brand new theatrical staged version of “Ramona”, California’s official state play, Stephen is on track to break out as one of “The” Director’s to watch for in the coming years. Stephen’s feature film, “Vertical” was the winner of the Best Foreign Film at the 2015 London International Film Festival.