'Shun Li' reaps Rome festival prize

New Cinema Network honors Andrea Segre's film

ROME -- The Rome International Film Festival's New Cinema Network co-production lab on Tuesday named "Shun Li and the Poet" winner of its main prize.

The honor gives Italian director Andrea Segre's film -- a love story set in the islands of the lagoons around Venice -- a prize of 30,000 euros ($38,000).

New Cinema Network focuses on backing first and second efforts from young directors.