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Artists in attendance for all programs

Each year the Festival pays tribute to filmmakers who have made outstanding individual contributions to the film and video arts with special tributes.
Honorees participate in public programs which include screenings and discussions of the artist's work

Click on the "GUESTS" tab above to view photos of a few of our visiting artists.

The following list includes only selected tribute guests. In addition to the tribute honorees listed below, an additional 70-100 filmmakers are in attendance each year to screen their works throughout the year. Participants include master artists, mid-career filmmakers and emerging filmmakers.


2019 Ed Asner
2018 Sally Field
2016 Alfred Molina
2015 Margo Martindale
2014 Ed Harris
2003 Anthony Hopkins
2002 Debra Winger

2001 Gary Oldman
1998 Christopher Walken
1997 Tommy Lee Jones
1995 James Earl Jones
1994 Richard Dreyfuss
1993 Richard Harris
1992 Tony Curtis

1991 Audrey Hepburn
1990 Dennis Hopper
1989 James Stewart
1988 Greer Garson
1987 Rod Steiger
1986 Robert Duvall
1985 Jack Lemmon

1984 Shirley MacLaine
1983 Burt Lancaster
1981 Patricia Neal
1980 Anthony Quinn
1978 Charlton Heston
1976 Kirk Douglas
1974 Gregory Peck


2022  Sally Struthers
2019 Udo Kier
2019 Timothy Busfield
2019 Constance Towers
2018 Salute to Rupert Everett
2018 Salute to Richard Chamberlain
2018 Salute to Elizabeth Ashley
2018 Salute to Barbara Bain
2017 Salute to Rene Auberjonois
2017 Salute to Diane Baker
2017 Salute to Nancy Cartwright
2017 Salute to Mickey Liddell
2016 Salute to Harry Benson
2016 Salute to Bruce Davison
2016 Salute to Charley Pride
2016 Salute to Kelly Lynch
2015 Salute to Tab Hunter
2015 Salute to Glenn Morshower
2015 Salute to Ernie Hudson
2014 Salute to Carol Kane
2014 Salute to Fionnula Flanagan
2014 Salute to Linda Gray
2014 Salute to Morgan Fairchild
2013 Remembering Kumar Pallana
2013 Salute to David Gordon Green
2013 Salute to Jeff Lipsky
2012 Tribute to Rob Reiner
2012 Tribute to Elliott Gould
2012 Salute to Bert I. Gordon
2011 Tribute to Malcolm McDowell
2011 Tribute to Piper Laurie
2011 Tribute to Barry Corbin
2011 Tribute to William Fichtner
2010 Salute to Hiroyuki Sanada
2009 Tribute to Brian Cox
2009 Tribute to M. Emmet Walsh
2009 Tribute to Joe Sedelmaier
2009 Tribute to Paul Williams
2008 20th Anniversary Salute to Zeitgeist Films
2008 Tribute to William A. Fraker
2008 Tribute to Rip Torn
2008 Salute to Austin Pendleton
2008 Salute to Meat Loaf
2008 Salute to Mystery Science Theater 3K
2007 Salute to John Turturro
2007 Tribute to Peter Fonda
2007 Tribute to Bill Butler
2007 Salute to Bill Plympton
2007 Salute to Donald E. Westlake
2007 Salute to August Schellenberg
2007 Salute to Charles Busch
2007 Salute to Henry Jaglom
2007 Salute to Irwin Winkler
2007 50th Anniversary Salute to Janus Films
2006 Tribute to Mark Mothersbaugh
2006 Remembering Gordon Parks with
Richard Roundtree
2006 Tribute to Robert Towne
2005 Tribute to Danny Boyle
2005 Tribute to Martin Short
2005 Tribute to Bernie Brillstein
2004 Tribute to Robert Young

2004 Tribute to Dede Allen
2004 Tribute to Owen Roizman
2004 Salute to the Criterion Collection
2004 Tribute to Charles Durning
2004 Salute to Jeannie Epper
2003 Salute to Dina Merrill
2003 Tribute to Neil LaBute
2003 Tribute to Stephen Tobolowsky
2003 Tribute to Paul Wendkos
2003 Remembering Mario Bava
2002 Remembering Faith Hubley
2002 Tribute to Henry Bumstead
2002 Tribute to Ken Russell
2001 Tribute to Harry Shearer
2001 Tribute to Richard Sylbert
2001 Tribute to Merchant Ivory Productions
James Ivory, Ismail Merchant & Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
2001 Tribute to Gregory Hines
2000 Tribute to Albert Maysles
2000 Tribute to Quincy Jones
2000 Tribute to Blake Edwards
2000 Tribute to Conrad Hall
2000 Tribute to Penny Marshall
1999 Tribute to Laszlo Kovacs
1999 Tribute to Elmer Bernstein
1999 Tribute to Dennis Quaid
1998 Tribute to Derek Jacobi
1998 Tribute to Joan Micklin Silver
1997 Tribute to Hume Cronyn
1997 Tribute to Buck Henry
1997 Tribute to Mia Farrow
1997 Tribute to Jack Palance
1997 Tribute to Peter Greenaway
1996 Tribute to Jackie Chan
1995 Preserving the Disney Heritage
1995 An Evening With Betty Comden & Cyd Charisse
1994 Remembering Derek Jarman
1994 Tribute to John Waters
1993 Tribute to Bill Duke
1993 Tribute to Frank Oz
1992 Tribute to Ray Harryhausen
1992 Tribute to Hal Roach
1991 Tribute to Charles Burnett
1991 Salute to Samuel Z. Arkoff
1990 Tribute to Glenn Ford
1990 Tribute to George Axelrod
1989 Tribute to Fay Wray
1988 Salute to Dorothy Malone

1987 Salute to Paramount Pictures' 75th Anniversary
1987 Remembering Roberto Rossellini
1986 Tribute to Joshua Logan
1986 Salute to Alan Alda
1985 Salute to Larry Cohen
1985 Salute to Richard Edlund
1985 Salute to 60 Years of Columbia Pictures
1983 Salute to Roger Moore & Action-Adventure Film
1983 Salute to Anne Francis and the Films of the Fifties
1982 Salute to Roger Corman, King of the B's
1981 Disney on Film: A Forum on Animation and Fantasy
Filmmaking in the '80's with honored guests John Culhane,
Art Stevens, Tom Wlhite and John Lassester
1980 Salute to Gene Kelly and the American Musical
1979 Salute to Martin Balsam
1977 Salute to Toru Takemitsu
1973 Salute to Max Liebman, Sid Caesar and
Imogene Coca
1972 Salute to Grace Kelly

Princess Grace of Monaco arrives
to attend her retrospective




2023 Lasse Hallström
2017 Finn Taylor
2016 Whit Stillman
2016 Ira Sachs
2012 Peter Lord
2008 Claude Lelouch
2007 Milos Forman
2007 William Friedkin
2003 Robert Benton
2002 Michael Apted
2001 Wim Wenders

2000 Norman Jewison
1999 Arthur Penn
1998 Alan J. Pakula
1997 Paul Mazursky
1996 Sydney Pollack
1995 Stanley Donen
1995 Paul Schrader
1994 Martha Coolidge
1994 Budd Boetticher
1992 Robert Altman
1991 Oliver Stone

1990 John Frankenheimer
1989 Martin Ritt
1988 Alan Rudolph
1987 Michael Powell
1986 Chuck Jones
1985 Richard Brooks
1984 Frederick Wiseman
1983 John Cassavetes
1982 Frank Perry
1981 Robert Wise

1980 Rouben Mamoulian
1979 Sidney Lumet
1978 George Cukor
1977 King Vidor
1976 Mervyn LeRoy
1975 William Wyler
1974 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1973 Raoul Walsh
1972 Frank Capra
1971 George Stevens


2023 Peter H. Reynolds and Paul A. Reynolds and FableVision; Salute to Warner Bros. 100th Anniversary
2020 Laurie Keller, Adam Rex, Christopher Eliopoulos
2019 Marc Brown
2018 Barney Saltzberg, Ame Dyckman, Jacqueline K. Ogburn
2017 Beth Ferry, Tom Lichtenheld, Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant
2016 Katherine Paterson; Kate & Jim McMullan; Lisa Loeb; Shane Evans & Taye Diggs; honored guests Ed Moy, Raymond Ma and Katherine Park
2015 Alison McGhee; Kathi Appelt
2014 Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley; U.S. premiere of The Lego Movie
2013 Peter Reynolds
2012 Peter Brown; Studio Ghibli Retrospective with the U.S. premiere of The Secret World of Arrietty; special guest The Lorax
2011 Mike Thaler & Jared Lee; special guest Zachary Gordon
2010 Mo Willems; 20th Anniversary Salute to Aardman Animations
2009 Bob Barner; special guest Kay Panabaker
2008 Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin; special guest Alyson Stoner
2007 Laurie Keller; Honored guest Mary Matilyn Mouser with Eloise
2006 Rosemary Wells; David Devine; Remembering Jerry Juhl with Dave Goelz; Honored guests Polly Draper, Alex & Nat Wolff, Alexander Gould, John Kent Harrison
2005 Honored guests included Joe Mantegna with Uncle Nino, Annasophia Robb with Because of Winn-Dixie, director John Stephenson,
author/illustrator Trevor Romain, singer/songwriter Leigh Nash
2004 Honored guests Joe Camp and Benji (30th anniversary salute); authors John Grisham, Kimberly Willis Holt and Cari Best; young actors Jonathan Lipnicki and Cody Linley
2003 John Dilworth; special guest composer Jody Gray
2002 Leonard Maltin, Co Hoedeman, Salute to Peppermint Place Jerry Haynes and Vern Dailey
2001 Anniversary Salute to the Classics (The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Mel Stuart)
2000 Morton Schindel and Paul Gagne, Tribute to Weston Woods
1999 Terry Jones
1997 Sid and Marty Krofft
1996 Tom Yohe, George Newall & Bob Dorough, Saluting Schoolhouse Rock
1995 Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
1995 Henry Selick
1994 Dennis Muren
1994 Hayley Mills
1993 Jane Henson and The Henson Legacy
1992 Shelley Duvall
1991 Stephen Bayly
1990 June Foray and Will Ryan
1989 John Matthews
1988 Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson
1987 Bill Justice
1986 Michael Sporn
1985 Gary Templeton


James Ellroy
Stephen Rebello
John Grisham
Henry Bromell
Howard A. Rodman
John Waters
Louis Sacher
Leonard Maltin
Richard Condon
Andre Dubus III
John Boyne
Mark Frost
Sam Staggs

See KidFilm Tributes section for children's book author salutes.

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