Firaaq, directed by award-winning Indian actress Nandita Das, scooped best film and best screenplay at the Asian Festival of 1stFilms (AFFF) in Singapore on Wednesday night (Dec 10).
The film, which looks at the impact of the 2002 riots in Gujarat on ordinary people, also took the Foreign Correspondents Association Purple Orchid Award for Best Film.
First-time actor Bosco Francis took the best actor award for Singaporean director Eric Khoo's My Magic which premieredearlier this yearin competition at Cannes. Best director went to Dante Nico Garcia from the Philippines for love story Ploning.
The jury for this year's festival included Hong Kong director Yim Ho, Tikoy Aguiluz who founded the Philippines' Cinemanila film festival and Australian director Nadia Tass.
Organised by Teamwork Productions, AFFF is held as part of the Asia Media Festival hosted by Singapore's Media Development Authority.
Full list of winners:
Best Film: Firaaq - Nandita Das (India)
Best Producer (joint winners):
A Decade of Love - William Ho-Hon Tam & Angel Hon (China)
Little Zizou - Dinaz Stafford, Sooni Taraporevala & Vandana Malik (India)
Special citation: Khastegi - Esmaeil Mirzaei Ghomi & Bahman Motamedian (Iran)
Best Director: Ploning - Dante Nico Garcia (Philippines)
Best DoP / Editor: Khuda Ke Liye - Ali Mohammad (Pakistan)
Best Male Actor: My Magic - Bosco Francis (Singapore)
Best Female Actor: The Mountain and the Song - Jia Xuhua (China)
Best Screenplay: Firaaq - Nandita Das (India)
Best Documentary: Attitude - Blackie Chen (Taiwan)
Best Documentary Director: Peeking Through Chungking Mansions - Bill Yip (Hong Kong)
Best Short Film: The Great Identity Swindle - Nikesh Shukla (UK)
Foreign Correspondents Association Purple Orchid Award for Best Film: Firaaq - Nandita Das (India)