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Three Dutch films have received awards at the Seville European Film Festival.

Samira Maas has been awarded Best Actress for her role in JOY by Mijke de Jong. The film also received a special mention. Another special mention from the jury went to the documentary FAREWELL by Ditteke Mensink:  "A sensitive portrait of the World in the 20’s with poetry and a wonderful work with archive footage."

The Dutch co-production SON OF BABYLON by Mohamed al-Daradji won the Golden Giraldillo for Best Film. The award carries a 45.000 Euro cash prize intended for the film’s distribution in Spain. The Campus Jury Award also went to SON OF BABYLON . The jury said: "By extraordinary use of the cinematic arts, we are given a tender portrayal of the misery that has been unleashed in Iraq, and we are reminded that even in times of the utmost wretchedness, there is still beauty, poetry, humour… and most importantly, hope".

The Festival granted the Industry Award to Claudia Landsberger from the EYE Film Institute Netherlands. According to the festival, the award recognizes "the wisdom and tenacity which she has applied to the promotion of European cinema so that it can cross borders, undertaking her work with a clear personal mission for the distribution of films made in Europe". The Industry Award was created at last year's Seville Festival and awarded to the producer of the Millennium-series, Sören Staermose. The festival continues to follow its aim of being a key meeting place for industry professionals.

This year the Festival offered a spotlight on the Netherlands with the most recent Dutch cinema in the section titled Wild Tulips, including features, feature length documentaries, shorts, animated films and a Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens retrospective.

Seville European Film Festival:  www.festivaldesevilla.com

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