The 28th DenverInternational Film Festival ended on Saturday night with a gala screening of BrokebackMountain and theannouncement of the juried award-winners. The festival is sponsored by StarzEntertainment Group.
The audience award for best feature was shared betweenStephen Frears' Mrs Henderson Presentsand Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, bestdocumentary went to Donnie I Betts' Music Is My Life, Politics MyMistress, a tribute to African Americanactivist/entertainer Oscar Brown Jr and the short film prize went to JoshStaub's The Mantis Parable.
The EmergingFilmmaker Award, presented to a first or second-time director for a filmwithout US distribution, went to Jason Ruscio's Laura Smiles, the story of a desperate American housewifeplayed by Petra Wright. Jurors were writer John Pierson, producer Effie Brownand journalist Sharon Swart.
The Maysles Brothers Award for best documentary went toPeter Forgac's El Perro Negro: Stories From The Spanish Civil War, a Hungarian film which focuses on life in Spainduring the 1930s. The jury, consisting of film-maker Robb Moss and journalistsSteve Rosen and Tom White, gave a special citation to Monika Borgmann's Massacre about the massacre of thousands of Palestiniancivilians in Beirut in 1982.
The KrzystofKieslowski Award for best foreign feature went to Krszystof Krauze's MyNikifor from Poland,which was also the grand prize winner at the 2005 Karlovy Vary Film Festivaland details the story of folk artist Nikifor and his struggle for survival inhis old age in the 1960s.
Jurors were alljournalists: Walter Chaw, Robert Denerstein, Lisa Kennedy, Howie Movshovitz,James M Wall and Screen's Mike Goodridge.