For the first time this year, Screen International partnered with SDFF to present the Kieslowski award, a juried award given to a feature film which reflects the artistic sensibilities of the late Polish director.
Beauty In Trouble, the Czech Republic submission for this year's best foreign language film Academy Award, was selected from a lineup which also included 12: 08 East Of Bucharest, The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen and Ten Canoes.
The jury, chaired by Screen's Mike Goodridge, featured film critic John Anderson, film-maker Jeremy Podeswa and James M Wall, senior contributing editor of The Christian Century and a Kieslowski scholar.
Other awards presented on closing night in Denver included Aaron Nee's The Last Romantic which won the Emerging Film-maker Award and AJ Schnack's Kurt Cobain About A Son which won the Maysles Brothers Award for best documentary.
Meanwhile, the Starz People's Choice Awards for Best Feature went to Germany's The Lives Of Others, documentary went to Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's The Trials Of Darryl Hunt and short went to two films - Chel White's A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process (In Less Than 60 Seconds) and Renuka Jeyapalan's Big Girl.