'Buddha,' 'Shultes' share Kiev Molodist prize

Festival's jury headed by U.S. actor Armand Assante

MOSCOW -- The Kiev International Film Festival Molodist, which came to a close Sunday in the Ukrainian capital, saw this year's Grand Prix shared by Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf's "Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame" and the Russian film "Shultes," by Bakur Bakuradze.

The international jury, headed by U.S. actor Armand Assante, awarded them with Scythian Deer statuettes and cash prizes of $10,000 each during the closing ceremony.

Separately, the prize for best first feature was awarded to Serbia's "Huddersfield" by Ivan Zivkovic, while Switzerland's Tobias Nolle collected the best short-film prize for "Rene" and Bulgaria's Ilian Metev was awarded the best student film nod for "Goleshovo."

The festival's FIPRESCI jury honored "Versailles" by French director Pierre Scholler and the ecumenical jury gave its prize to Makhmalbaf's "Buddha." The audience award went to the French short "Hold On" by Damien Roussineau.

The 38th edition of the festival, which focuses on young filmmakers, kicked off Oct. 18 and attracted about 300 films from around the world.