Films from China and Taiwan were particularly strong at the 15th edition of Fribourg's festival dedicated to films from Asia, Africa and Latin America, which registered a record attendance of some 22,000 festival-goers between 11-18 March.

The International Jury awarded its Grand Prix "Le Regard d'Or" to Yi Yi (A One and a Two) by Edward Yang, while fellow Taiwanese filmmakers Vivian Chang received the SSA/Suissimage Best Script Award and the Youth Jury's E-Changer Award for Xiao Bai Wu Jin Ji (Hidden Whisper) and Singing Chen's feature debut Wo jiao A-Ming La (Bundled) was given the ACAT-Switzerland HumanRights Special Award as well as the Ecumenical Award.

Meanwhile, the international film critics association FIPRESCI presented China's Jia Zhang-ke with the FIPRESCI Award for Zhan Tai (The Platform) "for impressively depicting the lives of people in a society in transition over several years, with subtlety, precision and coherence".

Furthermore, Latin America also figured among the prizewinners with the Political Press Award going to Las Cenizas Del Volcán (The Ashes of the Volcano) by Pedro Perez Rosado (Mexico/Spain) and with both the Audience Award and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury being presented to Hacerse El Sueco (Playing Suede) by Daniel Diaz Torres (Cuba).