Andrea Maria Dusl's feature debut Blue Moon was the winner of this year's Euros 19,000 Grand Prize at the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Cinema which closed in Graz on March 30.
Meanwhile, the Diagonale's Euros 10,000 Prize for Innovative Production was shared ex aequo by Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (for Elsewhere) and Josef Koschier's SK Filmproduktion (for Am Anderen Ende Der Bruecke) and the Euros 12,000 Prize for Innovative Cinema in the category of innovative animated, avantgarde or fictional short film was awarded to Mara Mattuschka for id.
In addition, Andrina Mracnikar received the Diocese of Graz Seckau's Euros 4,000 Prize for Best Short Documentary or Fictional Short for her personal quest for her great-uncle in Andri 1924-1844, and the Best Newcomer Prize - also worth Euros 4,000 - was presented to Sebastian Meise for Prises De Vues.
In a review of this year's event, festival directors Constantin Wulff and Christine Dollhofer announced that attendances kept level with last year's record figures with 24,900 tickets sold for the Diagonale's 135 screenings and special events. Over a third of the screenings were sold out, with another fourteen showing to over 70% capacity audiences.