The 21st edition of the Cognac Festival of Film Policier closed Sunday night with Enrique Urbizu's La Caja 507 taking the grand prize.
The Spanish film, which was nominated for two Goyas in 2002, also scored wins with the International Critics' Prize, the Special Police Prize - an award voted on by a group of law enforcement officers - and the Premiere prize, an award given by Premiere magazine.
The 2003 Cognac jury, headed up by French actor Vincent Lindon, also gave awards to Un Nouveau Russe by Pavel Lounguine and Corps A Corps by Francois Hanss and Arthur-Emmanuel Pierre who shared the jury prize.
The New Blood prize - for a first film - went to Brazilian entry O Homen Do Ano from Jose Henrique Fonseca. Michel Rodas took the best short film statue for his Bloody Pizza and veteran director Jacques Fansten won in the telefilm category for Maigret: Signe Picpus.
The Cognac festival, devoted to the detective genre, ran from April 10-13 and was not without its share of drama - especially concerning the Americans both in attendance and absent.
Keith Snyder's competition film Emmett's Mark was lost in transit and unable to be screened and actors George Clooney and Harvey Keitel both cancelled trips at the last minute.
The only American film that did screen in competition, The Recruit, went home empty-handed.