Arsen Anton Ostojic's Croatian drama A Wonderful Night In Split dominated the closing night ceremony atthe 8th RiverRun International Film Festival, winning four jury awardsincluding best narrative feature.
The tapestry of interwoven stories also claimed the best directorand screenplay honours for Ostojic and the best cinematography award for MirkoPivcevic.
James Burke's US coming-of-age drama Aurora Borealis won the best narrative feature audienceaward, which earned Donald Sutherland the best actor jury prize.
Maria Bello took best actress honours for her work in Arthur AllanSeidelman's Anton Chekov adaptation The Sisters.
Yoshiko Sumikawa's Japanese account of a solitary farmer TaimaguraGrandma took home thejury's best documentary feature prize. The audience award went to GinaAngelone's US story of Holocaust survivors Rene And I, which also won the jury's Human RightsAward.
In other awards, Erica Dunton's Find Love won best North Carolina Feature, HeatherLyn MacDonald's Been Rich All My Life won the Sara Lee Women's Eye Award, and Konrad Niewolski's Palimpsest (Poland) won the special jury prize foroutstanding technical achievement.
Warwick Thornton's Green Bush (Australia) won the best narrative short prize, BillPlympton's The Fan And The Flower won best animated short, Talmage Cooley's Dimmer won best documentary short, and New YorkUniversity's Laura Richard claimed the best student short prize for Breached.
A special jury prize for editing went to Jamin Winans for Spin, while a special jury prize for originalcreative vision was awarded to Gaelle Denis for City Paradise.
Ned Beatty received the festival's Master of Cinema Award for hisbody of work on Mar 18.
'We had a tremendous line-up of films this year,'festival director Andrew Rodgers said of the event, which ran from Mar 16-19 inWinston-Salem, North Carolina.
'Ourprogramme featured a wonderful range of cultures and viewpoints from around theworld.'