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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.


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


2017  Salute to René 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 Tôru 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




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


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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