The best director prize was awarded ex-aequo to Maziar Miri for Gradually (Be Ahestegi) from Iran, the story of a man desperately seeking his disappeared wife, and Mahamat Saleh for Venice special jury prize-winner Daratt (France-Chad-Belgium-Austria), about a young boy in Chad charged with murdering his father.
Another Iranian film, Jafar Panahi's Berlin Silver Bear-winner Offside, went home with two prizes: for its female cast - Shima Mobarak-Shai, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani and Mahnat Zabihi and the 50-person youth jury's best feature film.
Best actor honours were shared by the supporting cast of US production and festival favourite A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints: Shia LaBeouf, Channing Tatum, Martin Compston, Adam Scarimbolo and Peter Anthony Tambakis.Previous Gijon prize-winner John Cameron-Mitchell picked up two awards for Shortbus: best script, "in collaboration with his actors," and best art direction for Jody Asnes.
The special jury prize went to Taiwan-France-Austria co-production I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (Hei Yan Quan) from director Tsai Ming-liang, subject of a retrospective in Gijon in 2004. Best short film went to Pablo Aguero for Primera Nieve (France-Argentina).