The second annual Circle Conference ended on Wednesday with the $100,000 Shasha Grant being awarded to Moroccan film-maker Hicham Ayouch for his project Sambo Do Maazouz.

The story is about a Moroccan who speaks and prays in Portugese and is infatuated with Brazilian culture and obsessed with the Brazilian TV soap heroine.
Sambo Do Maazouz will be Ayouch's third feature after Heart Edges and Cracks.

The jury panel which selected the winner included Fox co-chairman and co-CEO Jim Gianopulos, producer Kathleen Kennedy and Hyde Park Entertainment's Ashok Amritraj.