DOHA, (AFP) - Qatars annual film festival gave its top award to filmmaker Merzak Allouaches production of Normal, a movie that follows disillusioned Algerian youth in the wake of the Arab Spring revolutions. The award, which carries a bonus of $100,000 dollars, was announced at the third annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival awards ceremony Saturday, alongside seven other prizes, including, best Arab documentary film, best Arab short film, and best performance by an Arab actor. The winners were chosen by a five-member panel of judges headed by award winning Syrian director Mohammed Malas, well-known throughout the Arab world for his movies. Allouache dedicated his award to the Syrian peoples struggle, referencing the eight-month uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad, who has spearheaded a brutal crackdown on protesters that according to UN figures, has claimed more than 3,000 lives. A highlight of the festival was the Moroccan-French production Omar Killed Me, a true story about a Moroccan immigrant to France who was convicted of murdering his wealthy French employer and pardoned by French President Jacques Chirac seven years later. The movies director, Moroccan Roschdy Zem, was awarded the Best Arab Narrative Filmmaker prize, which carries a bonus of $50,000 dollars. The only Arab woman to be recognised by the panel of judges was the Lebanese documentary producer Rania Stephan, who was awarded the Best Arab Documentary Filmmaker prize for her portrayal of the life of Souad Hosni, a famous Egyptian actress who died in London in 2001.