HONG KONG — Tibetan comedy “The Silent Holy Stones” won the FIPRESCI Prize Thursday at the Hong Kong Film Festival.

Slice of life tale by tyro helmer Wanmacaidan was also given a special mention by the SIGNIS Catholic prize jury. With a story about a young lama who returns to his Tibetan home and becomes hooked on TV, “Stones” previously won China’s Golden Rooster prize for best new director.

Main SIGNIS prize was awarded to Canadian helmer Jean-Marc Vallee’s “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” with another special mention for “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros,” by director Auraeus Solito.

A jury headed by Variety critic Russell Edwards gave the festival’s humanitarian documentary prize to “Senior Year” helmed by China’s Zhou Hao.

In the digital filmmaking section, “Taking Father Home” by Ying Liang won the top prize.

Awards ceremony took place on the 10th day of the fest, but the event rumbles on through the Easter break to wrap on April 19 with gala screenings of Marc Evans’ “Snowcake” and Neil Armfield’s “Candy.”



“The Silent Holy Stones.” Director: Wanmacaidan

Asian Digital Competition

Golden Digital Award: “Taking Father Home.” Director: Ying Liang

Silver Digital Award: “Walking on the Wild Side.” Director Han Jie

Humanitarian Awards for Documentaries

Best documentary: “Senior Year.” Director: Zhou Hao

Outstanding documentary: “The Ants.” Director: Ikeya Kaoru

Special mention: “Mona Lisa.” Director: Li Yung


SIGNIS Award: “C.R.A.Z.Y.” Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Special mention: “The Silent Holy Stones.” Director: Wanmacaidan

“The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros.” Director: Auraeus Solito

Fresh Wave Joint-U Short Film Competition

Best film: “Wasted.” Institution: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Best creativity: “Wanna Tell You.” Institution: The University of Hong Kong