Ilya Chaiken's inner city drama Liberty Kid won the 8th New York International Latino Film Festival's (NYILFF) Best Picture Award and a $2,500 prize as the event drew to a close at the weekend [Jul 29].

Alexandre Fuchs' debut feature Hijos De La Guerra (Children Of The War) won best documentary for its account of the infamous street gang the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13.

Second-time filmmaker Ciro Altabas received Best Short for DVD, which explores the different features and functionalities of DVDs.

Sergio Castilla received the Heineken Red Star Award for his suicide drama Take The Bridge, and Will Fonseca's Rewind won Verizon's NYILFF On the Edge Short Film Award, the inaugural audience award.