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The 12th International Film Festival of Kerala came to a close yesterday with the Spanish film XXY and the Iranian Film 10+4 sharing the top award of the event, the Suvarno Chakram award.
The Suvarno Chakram award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakhs, a statuette and a citation; the Rajatha Chakoram award for the best director carries a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakhs; the award for best debut director carries a cash prize of Rs. 2 lakhs.
Mania Akbari, director of 10+4, bagged the Rajatha Chakoram award for best director. The director of XXY, Lucia Puenzo, bagged the Rajatha Chakoram award for best debut director. The awards were presented by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan during the closing ceremony held at Nisagandhi auditorium.
Filmmaker Zhang Yang's Getting Home won the NETPAC award for the best Asian film screened in the competition section. It also won the audience award selected through an opinion poll. Shyamprasad's Ore Kadal bagged the FIPRESCI award for best Malayalam film; the FIPRESCI jury award was presented to director Teresa Prata's Sleepwalking Land.
Fourteen films had been listed for the Competition Section including Adoor Gopalakrishnan"s Naalu Pennungal and P.T. Kunhu Mohammed's Paradesi. These were selected from 450 entries from 44 countries.