Marion Hansel's Belgium-France coproduction Sounds Of Sand won the grand prize at the fourth annual Amazonas Film Festival in Manaus, Brazil. The jury, headed by film-maker John Boorman, split its second prize between Micha Wald's Belgium-France-Canada coproduction Horse Thieves and Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly.
The audience prize winner was Brazilian title The Sign Of The City, which premiered at the Rio festival in September.
In the documentary competition, jury president Richard Brock, the veteran documentary film-maker, presented the top prize to French director Jerome Raynaud's Jaglavak, Prince Of Insects.
The jury prize, like the fiction, went to two films: Rehad Desai's Bushman's Secret from South Africa and Jos de Putter's Before The Flood from the Netherlands. As with the fiction strand, the Documentary audience prize reflected a local bias: Navegar Amazonia: A Voyage With Jorge Mautner by Brazil 's Jorge Bodansky and Evaldo Mocarzel.
The grand prize for digital short film and the audience prize for digital short film both went to Anderson Mendes' The Incredible Story Of Coti: the Rambo of Sao Jorge (A Incrivel Historia De Coti: Rambo Do Sao Jorge). The grand prize for 35mm short film went Vida Maria by Marcio Ramos while the audience prize for 35mm short film went to Nas Asas Do Condor by Cristiane Garcia.
The Amazonas screenplay jury presided over by Tunico Amanico presented its prize to Emerson Medina for Os Criminosos.