Best specialty film festival - 2000
Aurora Asian Film Festival
Among the Denver area's several intriguing new film festivals, which address everything from jazz on celluloid to the pan-African experience, the Aurora Asian Film Festival has the most variety and the largest reach. This spring's third edition of the fest screened over four days at the graceful Aurora Fox Theatre and featured a dozen new films from Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, the Philippines and the United States. The roster included the heartwarming Fly Me to Polaris (Hong Kong), in which a blind saxophonist who is killed by a motorist returns to earth with a second chance to express his unspoken love for the nurse who cared for him. Musical performances, Oriental cuisine and an art show augment the festival.