Germanfilms were the major winners at the Crossing Europe Film Festival, and the Visionsdu Reel Documentary Film Festival at the weekend.
IsabelleStever's love triangle drama Gisela won theCrossing Europe Award in the European competition for first or second featurefilms, while Macedonian-born, German-based filmmaker Sergei Stanojkovskireceived the RAY Audience Award for his debut feature Kontakt.
In areview of the third edition of Crossing Europe at Linz in Austria, festivaldirector Christine Dollhofer reported a total of 12,000 visitors, up 22.5% on2005, and that a third of all screenings had been sold out.
Meanwhile,the International Jury of the documentary festival at Nyon in Switzerlandawarded its "Grand Prix Visions du Reel" to Andres Veiel's TheKick (Der Kick) which had its world premiere at theBerlinale's Panorama in February.
Inaddition, Jury gave the "Prix SRG SSR" to Anat Even's Preliminaries(Israel) and a Special Mention to Taiwan's Ting-FuHuang for Yellow Box.
AudienceJury Prize: Hormuz Key's La Vie Est Une Goutte Suspendue(France/Iran)
RegardNeufs Jury Prize ex aequo: Ian Thomas Ash's The Ballad Of Vicky and Jake(UK) and Afsar Sonia Shaafie's City Walls - My Own Private Tehran(Switzerland/Iran).
SwissCinema Jury's Prix Television Suisse Romande: to Frederic Baillif's Geisendorf.
The 12th edition of Visions du Reel saw admissions of26,000 for the programme of more than 160 films as well as the staging of anumber of fringe events including the pitching session with the EuropeanDocumentary Network and a public discussion between Japanese and Swissfilmmakers.