Uberto Pasolini's Machan has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival.

Pasolini's directorial debut is also playing here in Contemporary World Cinema.

It is about a group of poor Sri Lankan men who aspire to attend a handball tournament in Germany. With the prize, the film will now be given extra support by the network of Europa Cinemas exhibitors.

The four exhibitors on the jury were the UK's Ana Christina Santos, Italy's Mario Lorini, Sweden's Fredrik Jonsson, and Austria's Alexander Syllaba.

The jury said of Machan: 'Immigration is a very real issue in Europe today and this is an enjoyable, well written and well directed film that makes its point with humour and without lapsing into cheap sentimentality. We feel that this can attract and entertain a wide audience around Europe and contribute to discussions of this important subject.'

Beta Film is handling international sales. The StudioUrania production is co-produced with Babelsberg Film, in association with Shakthi Film. Prasanna Vithanage produced.