Bill Pullman will receive the 31st Starz Denver Film Festival's (SDFF) John Cassavetes Award while Richard Jenkins will be presented with the Excellence In Acting Award.

SDFF, which opened on November 13 with a screening of Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom and runs until November 23, will also pay tribute to cinematographer Wally Pfister, Iranian film-maker Majid Majidi and Swiss film-maker Thomas Imbach for their 'longstanding impacts on cinema.'

Among the roster of screenings are Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class, Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir and James Gray's Two Lovers. Joel Hopkins' romance Last Chance Harvey starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson will close the festival.

'We have spent the past year assembling a programme of films, panels and special events that we believe offers something for everyone: something eye-opening, something moving, something provocative, something new,' SDFF director Britta Erickson. 'And, we are delighted that over 150 film-makers and industry professionals will join us in Denver for our 11-day cinematic celebration.'

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