Uruguayan film Eighteen Cigarettes and a Half (18 cigarillos y medio)was the first winner of the Tornasol award at the Guadalajara FIlm Festival.

The prize guarantees co-production services worth $301,449 (Euros 250,000).

Twenty projects participated for the top prize in thesecond Iberoamerican Co-production Meeting which came to a close today. Thewinning project was selected by a jury comprising Braziliancritic Jose Carlos Avellar, Mexican screenwriter Vicente Lenero, Argentiniandirector David Blaustein and Madrid-based Tornasol's Mariela Besuievsky.

Two projects from Mexico, Celso Garcia's AMan On His Own (Hombre de una pieza)and Laura Amelia Guzman's Cochochi wererunners up. They received special mentions and were recommended by the jury forfurther co-production backing.

Producers Don Ranvaud ofBuena Onda Film (UK) and Karl Baumgartner of Pandora Films (Germany) announced today that they are taking co-productionstakes in Guzman's Cochochi.

The Tornasol award was especially created for the Guadalajara film event by producer-director Gerardo Herrero's Tornasol Madrid-based company.