The French film is Mackerras' feature directorial debut and explores the collapse of a seemingly perfect marriage. Emilie Piponnier stars as the title character who becomes a sex worker after discovering that her husband Francois, played by Martin Swabey, has taken all of their money and spent it -- including her inheritance from her father.
'Alice' also won the inaugural CherryPicks Female First Award, presented to a first-time female filmmaker.
The best documentary award went to the British production 'For Sama,' directed by Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts. 'For Sama' tells the story of al-Khateab's journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.