Filmfest 2006 a wrap | AspenTimes.com

Filmfest 2006 a wrap

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen Filmfest has announced the award winners of its recent festival. Aspen Filmfest 2006 was held Sept. 26-Oct. 1 with 21 films – including American features, documentaries, foreign movies and the surprise film – being screened in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. In addition, Harrison Ford was presented with the Independent By Nature Award at a ceremony at the Wheeler Opera House.

The Audience Favorite Award went to “Live and Become,” director Radu Mihaileanu’s epic of an Ethiopian boy who flees Africa during the 1980s famine and is raised as a Jew in Israel. The Audience Favorite Documentary was given to “Shut Up and Sing,” a documentary directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck about the country group the Dixie Chicks and the fallout from their critical statements about President Bush. “Shut Up and Sing” had its U.S. premiere in Aspen.

“After the Wedding,” a drama of family issues by Danish director Susanne Biers, earned the Audience Favorite Award in Carbondale, while “Live and Become” took the award from the Glenwood Springs audience.

Attendance for the 28th annual Filmfest topped 7,700, with some 500 students and educators also participating in educational programs.

Filmfest’s Academy Screenings, featuring one-night screenings of movies considered to have Oscar potential, is set for Dec. 18-Jan. 1 at Harris Hall. Aspen Shortsfest, the internationally recognized festival of short films, will have its 15th edition April 3-8.

For further information on Aspen Filmfest, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.