CineMart dishes early awards


ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands -- The International Film Festival of Rotterdam gave its first major awards out Wednesday night, during the closing ceremony of the CineMart, the annual industry gathering.

The Arte France Cinema Awards for best CineMart 2007 projects went to "A Rational Solution" by Jorgen Bergmark (Hepp Film, Sweden) and "Les Pieds nus sur les Limaces" by Fabienne Berthaud (Agat Films & Cie, France).

The seventh Prince Claus Fund Film Grant of €15,000 ($19,500) was awarded to "Project Independencia" by Raya Martin (Cinematografica Independiente en Filipinas, Philippines).

The festival will announce the winners of its Tiger Award competition Friday.