Iranian film Iron Island, directed by Mohammad Rasoulof,was awarded the Golden Peacock and a cash prize of $25,000 at the 36thInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa (Nov 24 - Dec 4).

The film, which screened inthe Directors Fortnight section of this year's Cannes film festival, follows the adventures of a group ofhomeless men who inhabit a sinking oil tanker. The IFFI jury said itappreciated the film for its originality, cinematic sense and strong narrative.

The Silver Peacock and a cashprize of $12,500 went to director Tom Hooper for South African drama Red Dust. The film was applauded for itsstrong statement on human rights.

The most promising directoraward went to Vera Fogwill and Martin Desalvo for Argentinean title Kept And Dreamless.

The jury was headed by Chileanfilm-maker Miguel Littin and also included French director Alain Corneau,Indian director Saeed Mirza, Iranian actor Faramarz Gharibian and Austriandirector Sabine Derflinger.