'Wilden Huener' rules at Sprockets


TORONTO -- The German comedy "Die Wilden Huehner" (Wild Chicks), Vivian Naefe's coming-of-age story about four fifth-grade girls, on Sunday earned the audience award at the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children.

The German-language feature also earned a separate jury prize as Sprockets wrapped its tenth edition after 98 films from 28 countries unspooled here.

Other 2007 award winners in Toronto included French cartonnist Michel Ocelot's new fantasy fable "Azur et Asmar," which picked up the audience award for best animated film.

There were also jury prizes for Thai director Kompin Komgumnirda's "Khan Kluay," a computer-generated movie about a young elephant who wanders away from his mother to become the war elephant for a Thai emperor, and "Kidz In Da Hood," Swedish directors Catti Edfeldt and Ylva Gustavssona's music-themed investigation into immigration and alternative families.

The juried prize for best short film went to Canadian director Devon Bolton's "Shipwrecked," a portrait of a young boy coming upon an unusual shipwreck.
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