Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's German Stasi drama The Lives Of Others won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, and the blind mountaineering tale Blindsight won the corresponding documentary prize at the 18th Palm Springs International Film Festival, which ended at the weekend.

Guillermo del Toro's intricate fantasy drama Pan's Labyrinth won the FIPRESCI Award for best foreign language film of the year.

Del Toro also walked off with the festival's International Filmmaker Award. Mads Mikkelsen took the FIPRESCI Award Best Actor for his performance in Susanne Bier's Danish drama After the Wedding, and Blanca Lewin won the FIPRESCI Award Best Actress for her performance in Matias Bize's Chilean film In Bed.

The New Voices New Visions award for a first or second-time film-maker went to Rafi Pitts for his Iranian feature It's Winter, about a poor woman from south Tehran whose husband goes abroad in search of work.

The jury also presented a special jury prize to Veronica Chen's Agua from Argentina.

John Jeffcoat took the John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature (Narrative or Documentary) from the opening night film Outsourced, which received its US premiere.

The inaugural Frownie Award, given for best close-up of an actress in a film, went to Missi Pyle from Mojave Phone Booth.

Next year's event will take place from Jan 10-21, 2008.