Nina's Tragedies a bittersweet comedy by Savi Gabizon and produced by Gabizon and Anath Assouline, won the Wolgin Award for Best Israeli feature film at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
The award was accompanied by a $40,000 prize, to be divided equally between the director and producers.
The film collected two other awards, for Gabizon's script and for David Gurfinkel's cinematography, as well as a special mention for Ayelet Zorer, who plays Nina in the film.
Two other special mentions went to James' Journey To Jerusalem (screened in Cannes' Directors Fortnight), one for director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, the other to South African actor Siyabonga Melongise Shibe who plays the lead.
Finally, a mention was given to debutante Merav Abrahami, for her performance in Miss Entebbe, featured earlier this year in Berlin's Children Film Festival.
Anath Halachmi's Channels Of Rage, describing the clash between rappers, one calling himself a Zionist rapper the other an Arab proud of being a Palestinian, won the best documentary award, with a purse of $10,000.
A special mention was given to Dan Setton and Tor Ben-Mayor for In The Name Of God - Scenes From The Extreme, their expose of extremist Islamic fundamentalism.
Best short film went to Mother's Dance by Zelda Hoha.
The Wolgin Awards were judged by an international jury consisting of Geoff Gilmore of the Sundance Film Festival, Klaus Eder, General Secretary of FIPRESCI, experimental and documentary film maker Barbara Hammer, Israeli film directors Uri Barbash and Shemi Zarhin, and Raya Morag of the Hebrew University.
The New Foundation for Cinema and Television picked for its own award yet another documentary, Nativa by veteran TV director Lina Chaplin.
A TV series: Meorav Yerushalmi, by Yankul Godwasser and Nir Bergman (Broken Wings), and InSight a single drama by Eyal Halfon, taking place during the Yom Kippur war, were the winners in the television section.
For 'The Spirit of Freedom' section, dedicated to the memory of Wim van Leer, the best drama went to an Indian film, A Peck On The Cheek by Mani Ratnam, while best documentary went to the Palestinian film Ford Transit by Hani Abou Assad.
Marceline Loridan, the widow of the documentarist Joris Ivens, collected top honors in the Jewish Experience section, for her drama, La Petite Prairie Aux Bouleaux.
The festival's host, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, joined forces with the Cinema Project, operated by the Tel Aviv's Rabinovich Foundation and with the commercial broadcaster Keshet in a new initiative, whose purpose is to encourage filmmaking on human rights and freedom.
Together they launched a documentary project, Oriental, to be produced by Shuki Friedman and directed by Avi Nesher. The finished product will be unveiled at next year's festival.