November 29 to December 3, 2000
The first annual non-profit Santa Fe Film Festival was created through
the efforts of numerous volunteers and sponsors, ready to support and
encourage a variety of local, mainstream and international filmmakers
and bring them, their films and their fans to Santa Fe.
Over 9,000 tickets and passes were sold. 5,000 Festival Catalogs were
Santa Fes lodging and entertainment facilities well supported the
lively influx of creative industry leaders and cinema enthusiasts.
The Festival kicked off with an Opening Night Party at the Garson Studios
with live music and food for all. The Opening Night Gala Feature was Ed
Harris Pollock (Oscar©-nominated for Best Actor and
Best Actress, resulting in a win for Marcia Gay Harden). Also screening
opening night were Latin jazz documentary Calle 54 and the moving
Iranian drama A Time for Drunken Horses.
Additional Gala Screenings included Roger Donaldsons Thirteen
Days, Tonie Marshalls award-winning Venus Beauty Institute,
and Seth Zvi Rosenfelds King of the Jungle. Seventy-six programs
screening 155 films and videos were enjoyed at eight venues around Santa
Fe. Parties, panels, concerts and two live CineCafe interviews, one with
producer Sunmin Park and one with actress Rosie Perez and Friends, rounded
out five days of rich cinema experiences. David Mamets hilarious
satire State and Main topped off the Festival as the Closing Night
The Festivals Luminaria Awards went to: A Time for Drunken Horses,
produced and directed by Bahman Ghobaki.
A Time For Drunken Horses,
directed, produced and written by Bahman Ghobadi.
Tarkovsky: A Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenyevich,
directed by Chris Marker
Best Latino Film:
directed by Ruy Guerra.
Best Native American Film:
written and directed by Shirley Cheechoo.
This Guy is Falling,
directed by Michael Horowitz and Gareth Smith.