Martin Bruch's documentary handbikemovie was the surprise winner of this year's Euros 19,000 Diagonale Grand Prix in Austria, which was sponsored by the Land of Styria and Kodak.
Bruch, who has multiple sclerosis and uses an adapted wheelchair, filmed handbikemovie with a camera attached to his bicycle helmet. It shows the spectator the streets of Vienna, New York, Paris, London and Istanbul from a quite unique perspective.
At the awards ceremony in Graz at the weekend, the jury said that its choice was "a plea to be uncompromising" and went to a film "which is courageous, subjective, lively and not in anyway mainstream."
The Diagonale Prize for Innovative Cinema was shared between Brigitta Boedenauer's don't touch me when I start to feel safe and Didi Bruckmayr and Michael Strohmann's ich bin traurig.
The Austrian Association of Cinematographers (AAC) gave its prize to Bernard Keller for his work on Ruth Mader's Struggle, the Youth Jury Prize went to Karl Bretschneider's Grauzone for best newcomer film, and the Prize of the Diocese of Graz Seckau to Gerald Harringer's short MA.
In addition, Barbara Albert was awarded the Euro 11,000 Thomas Pluch Screenplay Prize for her script for Free Radicals (Boese Zellen) and two Screenplay Support Prizes of Euro 5,500 were given to Andrea Dusl (Blue Moon) and Ulrike Schweiger and Michael Tanczos (Twinni).
The organisers of this year's Diagonale reported that attendance at the five-day festival had exceeded 17,000, which was more on average each day than in the record year of 2003 when 24,900 admissions were posted for a seven-day event.