Acne premiered at Cannes Directors Fortnight. Veiroj's feature directorial debut, which he also wrote, is a co-production between Uruguay, Argentina, Spain and Mexico. The story follows insecure 13-year-old Rafael dealing with family problems who yearns for his first kiss from his classmate Nicole.
The best documentary award went to Kief Davidson's Kassim The Dream, the Tribeca hit about a Ugandan child soldier turned boxer, with a special mention to Jan Louter's The Last Days Of Shishmaref. The audience awards went to Daniel Stamm's A Necessary Death for feature and was split by docs Patrick Davidson's The World We Want and Kassim The Dream.
The Legless Boy Cannot Dance won the grand jury prize for best short, while the audience's favourite short was Busco Personas: The Faces Of Columbia's War.
The three jury award winners receive prizes of Fuji Film stock.
AFI FEST artistic director Rose Kuo said: 'This year, AFI FEST featured an exciting lineup of films in the competitive categories featuring really accomplished and inspired work from a diverse group of talented filmmakers. Our jury had their work cut out for them to single out one film from each group.'
The feature jurors were Sebastian Gutierrez, Azazel Jacobs, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Ben Lyons and documentary jurors were Gyula Gazdag, Eva Orner and James D Stern. The shorts jury was comprised of Saffron Burrows, Brian Dannelly and Peter Menzies Jr.
AFI Fest 2008 opened with the world premiere of Doubt on October 30 and closes tonight [Sunday] with Edward Zwick's Defiance.