The 13th annual Raindance Film Festival wrapped in London on Sunday with AkihikoShiota's Canary from Japan taking the top competitionprize. The film is about a 12-year-old boy who is raised by a cult. Lou Ma Ho's A Monk'sAwakeningfrom France won the short film competition.
UK prizes went to JulianGilbey's hip-hop drama Rollin' With The Nines and Martin McDonagh's short Six Shooter. The prize for debut filmwent to Jonathan Spirk's The Gingerbread Man (US) and the documentaryprize was awarded to Don Letts' Punk: Attitude (UK).
In other shorts awards, the Diesel prize went to KosaiSekine's RightPlace from Japan, the Tiscali award was given to Rob Heppell's Cricker Crack fromthe UK, and The Big Issue award waspresented to Justin Edgar's The Ends(UK).
This year's jurymembers included actors Natalie Press and Tony Kebbell,musician Tommy Ramone, actor/director Richard Jobson,producers Mia Pays and Peter Carlton, and TotalFilm editor Matt Mueller.
During the12-day event, Raindance screened more than 80features and 130 shorts. Festival organisers noted that several acquisitiondeals for UK distribution are likely to emerge filmsscreened during Raindance. The closing-night film wasJonathan Jakubowicz's Venezuelan thriller Secuestro Express.