Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santa Fe Film Festival Winners Announced

From the NM Business Weekly...

Santa Fe Film Festival names winners

New Mexico Business Weekly - by Megan Kamerick NMBW Staff

A film about a rebellious young woman growing up in Iran won the Best of the Fest award at the 8th annual Santa Fe Film Festival.

"Persepolis" was co-directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi. TheFilm Festival animated feature was made in France. The Best Documentary award went to "Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez," about a goat herder shot and killed by American soldiers patrolling the Texas/Mexico border.

Best Short went to Australian filmmaker Darlene Johnson for her film "Crocodile Dreaming," which focuses on two Aborigine brothers who bond through the spirit of their mother. It was presented by National Geographic's All Roads Film Project.

The Audience Choice award went to "JUMP!," an account of young athletes competing in a national jump roping contest. What might be the first woodcut motion picture, "The Jackleg Testament: Part One, Jack and Eve," won Best Animation.

The Best Indigenous film award went to "Miss Navajo," which showcases the tribe's tradition-oriented pageant. Contestants are tested on everything from their knowledge of Navajo history to their skills butchering sheep.

"The Replacement Child" won the Best Editing award and "Finding Kraftland" won Best Creative Spirit award.

The Tamalewood award for best New Mexico-made film went to Albuquerque filmmaker Billy Garberina's "Necroville," about a pair of slackers who take on zombies.

The Best of the Southwest award went to "Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa," about a renegade community in northern New Mexico.

"The Longing: Forgotten Jews of South America" won the Best Latino award. And the raucous road movie "Two Tickets to Paradise," picked up the Independent Spirit award.

Festival organizers estimate they sold about 20,000 tickets over the five-day event, which brought in more national sponsors this year as well. The festival presented about 250 films and collaborated with National Geographic as well as the New York Jewish Film Festival and the Kids First! Film Festival.

Celebrity presenters at the awards ceremony included Alan Arkin, Gary Farmer, Jihmi Kennedy, Wes Studi, Ali McGraw and Raoul Trujillo.

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