New Zealand film Manurewa has taken a top prize at the Berlin Film Festival.
The homegrown short film, a debut by acclaimed music video director Sam Peacocke, has been awarded a Crystal Bear in the youth section of the competition.
The judges were impressed with the work, saying "in a very short time this film synthesises and skilfully compresses independent story lines and characters, merging them together into a single irrevocable, ever-changing moment."
"Our winning film is not only about perpetrators and victims, but also about human beings."
The festival gets over 6000 submissions each year from 32 countries.
Manurewa tells the story of the tragic murder of Manurewa liquor store owner Navtej Singh.
The tale is a multi-stranded narrative of the real life robbery and fatal shooting that took place in South Auckland.
The film premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in July 2010.
It was made with the blessing of the Sikh community and the family of the victim.