Costa Rica, Thailand, Mexico win at Rotterdam

'Yo, Tambien' and 'Soul Boy' films also honored

BERLIN -- Films from Costa Rica, Thailand and Mexico won this year's trio of Tiger Awards at the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which took place Jan. 27-Feb.6, with the prizes for first- and second-time directors going to Paz Fabrega's "Cold Water of the Sea," Anocha Suwichakornpong's "Mundane History" and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's "To the Sea."

The prizes, which are valued equally, each come with a cash bursary of €15,000 ($20,520).

Spanish drama "Yo, Tambien," which scooped the acting prizes in San Sebastian last year, won Rotterdam's audience award. The Dioraphte Award, which is given to a film supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, went to "Soul Boy" from Kenyan director Hawa Essuman. German filmmaker Tom Tykwer produced "Soul Boy" as the pilot project for his new One Fine Day Films shingle, which aims to help filmmakers in the poorer regions of Africa finance and produce their stories.

"Soul Boy" will also screen in the Generation section of the Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 19