From [ October 12th ] to [ October 21st, 2000, ] the AT&T Broadband Denver International Film Festival will light up the screen with over 100 feature films, including 8 world premieres and 7 North American premieres. The Festival received over 900 international submissions for this year’s event. Other interesting Denver Festival facts:
Number of films: 180 ^ Screens used: 11 ^ Minutes of film screened in festival: 11,160 ^ Longest film: 200 min. ^ Shortest film: 1 min.
The “centerpiece” event on [ October 14th ] is a tribute to Sean Penn, whose two-decade career in independent film has seen the actor grow into a variety of tough roles, the most remarkable of which is his “Dead Man Walking” star turn, where the actor walked away with an Oscar nod. At the end of the Festival, on [ October 21st ] , actress Shirley MacLaine will receive a special mayorial award. Other stars slated to participate include Gena Rowlands (who will present Penn’s honor, the 10th Annual John Cassavetes Award), and actors Peter Falk and Seymour Cassel, who will preside on a panel discussing the life and works of Cassavetes — a man who is considered by many to be the “godfather of independent cinema.”
For all Denver International Film Festival schedule announcements, and details on purchasing event tickets, visit the [ the AT&T Broadband Denver International Film Festival website. ]