The Bradford Film Festival’s European Features Competition has been launched this year.

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Icelandic feature Volcano has won the top prize in the inaugural European Features Competition at the 18th Bradford Film Festival. The film about at a husband and wife dealing with age and mortality is Rúnarsson’s debut feature.

The award was accompanied by a €3,000 prize sponsored by the University of Bradford.

Meanwhile, the Shine Shorts Competition went to German film Child’s Play (Kinderspiel) by director Lars Kornhoff. The film examines the trials of being a young parent.

The 2012 European Features Competition jury was made up of writer/director Joanna Hogg; Times film critic Wendy Ide and film reviewer for the Daily Telegraph, Tim Robey.

The jury also gave a special mention to the Spanish animation Wrinkles.