Veteran Chinese director Jia Zhangke won the Golden LadyHarimaguada prize for The World, which also won best cinematography, atlast week's Las Palmas International Film Festival of Spain (March 3-12).
The Silver prize went to Lebanese-French-Belgian co-productionIn The Battlefields (Maarek Hob), which screened in Cannes Directors'Fortnight last year. The film's director Danielle Arbid also picked up the JoseRivero prize for best new director.
Organisers of EuroForum 2005, a co-production market held March9-11 during the festival, reported 500 meetings took place between the 43production and distribution companies attending from 12 European countries.
Among the projects to elicit interest were Fatih Akin's SoulKitchen, Alta Films' Sweet Life and Xavier Villaverde's Sex OfAngels from Spain, German projects Exposed and Africa-set TheCaptain Of Nakara, Italian Alessandro Fabrizi's Peccato- In The Name OfLove, and from the UK Andrew Gunn's Rush and Susan Jacobson's TurningPages.