'Town,' 'Pocket,' 'Jamal' score Tigers


AMSTERDAM -- The International Film Festival of Rotterdam's top prize, the Tiger Awards, have been awarded to young filmmakers from Thailand, Denmark and Malaysia.

The awards, worth 15,000 euros ($22,200) each, were presented Friday night during the closing ceremony.

The winning productions were "Wonderful Town" by Aditya Assarat (Thailand), "Flower in the Pocket" by Liew Seng Tat (Malaysia) and to "Go with Peace Jamal" by Omar Shargawi (Denmark).

The jury, headed by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, honored the winners for their "unconventional approach" (referring to "Wonderful Town," a drama about the tsunami), "excellent visual expression" (the family-drama "Flower in the Pocket)" and "captivating rhythm" (the social drama "Go With Peace Jamal").

The three Tiger Awards for short film were granted to "Ah, Liberty!" by Ben Rivers (U.K., 2007), "As I Lay Dying" by Ho Yuhang (Malaysia, 2007) and "Observando el cielo" by Jeanne Liotta (U.S., 2007).

The winner of the fourth "Prix UIP Rotterdam" for short film was presented to "Joy" by Joe Lawlor & Christine Molloy (U.K., 2008).