'Arranged' tops Japan digital fest

Skip City festival honors directors Schaefer, Crespo

TOKYO -- "Arranged," a digital feature about a friendship between two female teachers in Brooklyn -- one Muslim, one Jewish -- and their discussion of marriage in their respective cultures, won the grand prize at the Skip City digital film festival in Saitama near Tokyo over the weekend.

Directors Stephan Schaefer and Diane Crespo were awareded a prize of 10 million yen ($93,000) by a panel of judges that included Austrian producer Danny Krausz and Korean director Hong-Sang-Soo.

The nine-day festival, which showcases 24 films and offers prizes totaling 17 million yen ($158,000), closed Sunday.

A high-resolution digital 4k cinema projector was used to screen the films including "Captain Abu Raed," the first feature produced in Jordan in half a century.