We are delighted to announce this year’s winners at the prestigious ÉCU 2011 awards. The jury had a very tough decision choosing from the huge number of incredible films submitted to the festival, but after much debate the winners were announced at our awards ceremony this evening, marking the end of another great festival. Here is a list of the winners by category:

Film of the Festival: 27m2 directed by Fabien Lartigue, Gabriella Cserhati

Best Director: Susanne Kellermann, Florian Hirschmann, Katja Benrath for Puppenspiel

Best Actor: Emmett J. Scanlan for Charlie Casanova

Best Actress: Chiara Thielmann for Never Winter

Best European Independent Dramatic Feature: The Happy Housewife directed by Antoinette Beumer

Best European Independent Dramatic Short: April Chill, directed by Tornike Bziava

Best European Independent Documentary: Problema: Who Are We in the 21st Century, directed by Ralf Schmerberg

Best Editing: Marc Hofmeister for Point Zero

Best Cinematography: Yossi Meiri for Lavan

Audience Award: A Damn Killer, directed by Markus Pajtler

Best Non European Independent Dramatic Feature: Cairo Exit, directed by Hesham Issawi

Best Non European Independent Dramatic Short: Broken Clouds, directed by Yuri Alves

Best Non European Independent Documentary: Salam Rugby, directed by Faramarz Beheshti

Best Student Film: Stanley Pickle, directed by Victoria Mather

Best Animation: Paths of Hate, directed by Damian Nenow

Best Music Video: Zornik – The Enemy, directed by Inti Calfat

Best Experimental Film: Invertebrate, directed by James McAleer

Best Short Script: Tea Time by Sandra Gabrych

Best Feature Script: A Coward Never Bled by Eduardo A. Garcia

Special Jury Mention: Städgata, directed by Erick Love Lundqvist; Chloe’s Dollhouse, directed by Bonnie Kim; Protoparticulas, directed by Chema García Ibarra