A jury chaired by Iranian filmmaker Samira Makhmalbaf gave the award to the Kurdish-Norwegian Zaman’s film about a young village boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan, forced to look after his siblings after his parents death.
Pic is produced by Paradox and will be release locally on Thursday.
In the same category, Danish helmer Michael Noer’s “Northwest,” which also played at Rotterdam, won the Fipresci critics’ prize.
Chilean film “Dog Flesh,” directed by Fernando Guzzoni, took the Ingmar Bergman Debut Award, with Volker Schlondorff as one of the jury members.
The Lorens Award for a producer, which comes with a feature development prize of $80,000, went to Malik Bendjelloul for Oscar-nominated documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.”