The documentary 7 Brothers (7 Brueder) by first-time filmmaker Sebastian Winkels picked up this year's Luedia at Luenen's Kinofest for German films (November 13-16).
In addition to the Euros 7,500 cash prize, Winkels will have his film subtitled in English by the German Federal Film Board and receive a prominent Saturday evening screening slot at the Kinofest's partner festival "Berlin And Beyond" in San Francisco in January.
Meanwhile, San Sebastian winner Gun Shy (Schussangst) by Dito Tsintsadze was awarded the Berndt Media Prize for the Best Film Title with a cash prize of Euros 300 and a Euros 1,700 advertising spend in cinema and arts magazines published by Berndt Media.
UK director Phil Traill's Dangle, which he made at the Berlinale Talent Campus in February, was among four shorts selected as winners by the festival audience. The other winning films were Ulrike Grote's Himmelfahrt, Hajo Schomerus' Ich Und Das Universum, and Mickel Rentsch's Talks.
The Kinofest closed on Sunday evening with a special screening of blockbuster The Miracle Of Bern with director Soenke Wortmann, producer Tom Spiess, and actors Peter Lohmeyer and Louis Klamroth in attendance.