At the ninth Motovun Film Festival (Jul 23-27) in Istria, Croatia, the jury led by Istvan Szabo gave the main prize to Israeli-German-Japanese feature Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at) by Dror Shaul.

Each of the jury members had their own special mentions, so the Serbian director Misa Radivojevic chose Naomi Kawase's Cannes Grand Prize Winner The Mourning Forest (Mogari No Mori), Albanian director Kujtim Csasku preferred US Linda Hattendorf's The Cats Of Mirikitani, Croatian director Ognjen Svilicic mentioned Danish Peter Schonau Fog's The Art Of Crying (Kunsteb At Graede I Kor), while the Academy Award-winning Hungarian president of the jury chose Andrea Arnold's Red Road for his special mention.

In the regional competition called A to A (from Albania to Austria or vice-versa), the Euros 5,000 prize donated by Hungarian Film Laboratory went to Bulgarian documentary The Mosquito Problem And Other Stories (Problemat S Komarite I Drugi Istorii) by Andrey Paounov.

David McKenzie's Hallam Foe received the FIPRESCI award, while Hissein Fazeli's T-Shirt won the best short film. The Amnesty International Human Rights Award went to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's Dry Season (Daratt) and the audience voted for Croatian Goran Kulenovic's Play Me A Love Song (Pjevajte Mi Nesto Ljubavno).

The medieval fortress town of Motovun hosted about 40,000 spectators in five days, improving the quality and organisation of the festival. Special programmes included a short retrospective of J-horror with the screening of the 1926 Teinosuke Kinugasa's Page Of Madness, accompanied by a genuine Japanese banshee and live piano music.