Swedish road movie The New Country and Bosnian favourite No Man's Land won the top awards at this year's AFI International Film Festival in Los Angeles, which finished last night with the world premiere of Marc Forster's Monster's Ball.
The New Country, directed by Geir Hansteen Jorgensen, won the jury's feature prize with a special mention going to Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land which also won the Los Angeles Times Audience Award for best feature.
The New Country is the story of the friendship betwen a 40 year-old Iranian and a 15 year-old Somalian, two refugees touring Sweden the country they plan to make their home.
The documentary jury prize was won by Pie In The Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story directed by Vincent Fremont and Shelly Dunn Fremona, the story of Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girl Berlin. A Sad Flower In The Sand, Jan Louter's Ducth film about writer John Fante won a special mention.
The short jury prize went to Delusions In Modern Primitivism (US) directed by Daniel Loflin; a special mention for acting went to Anne Carney for Chaperone (US) and a special mention for technical excellence to Copy Shop (Austria).
Darko Suvak won the Kodak vision in cinematography award for his work in Croatian film Skies, Satellites.
Stacy Peralta's Dogtown And Z-Boys won the Los Angeles Times audience award for documentary, while The Parlor (US) won the short film audience award.
The jury for the feature jury prize consisted of John Bailey, Len Klady and Susan Morris. The jury for the documentary jury prize was Kate Amend, Rachel Rosen and Ted Thomas, and for the short jury prize it was Angela Lee, Pamela Martin and Mark Waters.