Telluride Film Festival Was Once Again A Smashing Success!

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Presented by the National Film Preserve, Telluride Film Festival just finished following a spectacular five-day anniversary presentation of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests attended by more than 4,000 movie lovers.

Telluride Film Festival curated over 100 programs representing twenty-five countries including twenty-seven new feature films in its main program; six film revivals selected by returning Guest Directors: Don Delillo, Buck Henry, Phillip Lopate, Michael Ondaatje, B. Ruby Rich and Salman Rushdie; twelve Backlot programs; 33 shorts and/or student films, and hosted twelve seminars and conversations between festival guests.

Four Sneak Previews that screened outside the official program include Steve McQueen’s latest film 12 YEARS A SLAVE, which appeared with cast members Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o; Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS (U.S., 2013) with Villeneuve in person; Shane Salerno’s SALINGER with Salerno and AE Hotchner via Skype and panelists David Shields, Buddy Squires, Jean Miller and Dylan Sellers in person; and Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall presented Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES (Japan, 2013), and announced that it will be Miyazaki’s last film.

In a statement released yesterday from Frank Marshall by Telluride Film Festival, he said, “We were extremely honored to present Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece, “The Wind Rises.”  But it was a bittersweet moment for us, as we also announced his retirement from directing, making this his last feature film.”

Previously announced Telluride Film Festival Silver Medallion awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, went to Robert Redford; T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers; and Mohammad Rasoulof.