Film festival prepares to celebrate 20 years

When the Provincetown International Film Festival began, it used 35 mm projectors and the staff lugged prints, through crowds, from one venue to another. Fast-forward 20 years: digital projectors (four of which are rented) show films that are carried by flash drive and ingested wherever they are needed.

Though the way films are shown has changed, some things haven’t — such as the people who give up their time and donate their money to make the festival happen. While most film festivals honor movie stars and filmmakers, for its 20th anniversary, the Provincetown International Film Festival will honor its own.

A Monumental Party, which happens from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, will celebrate those who started — and the many who stuck with — the film festival for two decades. During a 7 p.m. presentation at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, awards will be given out to PJ Layng, Maryann McCarthy and Gabby Hanna, as well as all founding board members and staff. Founders Awards will be handed to Alix Ritchie and Marty Davis, who helped financially launch the festival and have supported it annually; Dan Wolf, the founder of Cape Air, one of two sponsors who have contributed to the festival since its inception; and, posthumously, to Stephen Mindich, the former owner of The Boston Phoenix, who agreed to publish the first festival catalogue. (It is expected that his widow, Judge Maria Lopez, will accept the award.) READ MORE ON WICKED LOCAL PROVINCETOWN.