Audiences filled 1,500 seats at the Indie Spirit Film Festival this past weekend. And as he recovered on Monday, Matt Stevens, the festival's senior programmer, declared, "I'm tired, but the numbers were great."
Stevens and Co. more than doubled ticket sales from 2008, the festival's first year.
Festival-goers, who had the chance to see 108 films, rated each one they saw on a five-point scale. Sunday evening, the following winners were announced in an awards ceremony at Kimball's Twin Peak Theater:
• Feature Film: The Fall, directed by John Krueger
• Documentary: Between the Folds, by Vanessa Gould
• International Film: Forgetful Not Forgotten, by Christopher Wynn
• Festival Directors' Choice Award: Haze (and Indie Spirit Intro Spot), by Pete Schuermann
• Colorado Spotlight Award: Looking for Roots, Finding Flowers, by Dan Jacobson
• Horror Film: Finale, by John Elfers
• Short Film: Lucy in the Sky, by David Svedosh
• Native American Film: The Only Good Indian, by Kevin Wilmott
• Student Film: Between Night, by Scott Ballard
Also announced Sunday night: Indie Spirit festival director and founder Jim Turner will pass his share of the reins next year to Chris Loud, the festival's director of marketing. Turner says he still plans to remain involved with the downtown film event.