Del Toro was also honoured as the group's Filmmaker of the Year. ''I'm delighted that Pan's Labyrinth has won Film of the Year and Filmmaker of the Year at this year's inaugural UK Regional Critics Film Awards,' the director/producer/writer said. 'It's such an honour that a foreign language film has been recognised in such a prestigious way by the UK regional film critics.'
The Performance of the Year awards went to Forest Whitaker for The Last King Of Scotland and Helen Mirren for The Queen.
Abigail Breslin was named Newcomer of the Year for her role in Little Miss Sunshine.
The new awards are voted on by the UK 's regional journalists - whether freelance or staff critics, writers and editors. Voting took place online from Jan 12-30. The awards was announced at industry regional press event Cinema Days.
Peter Scott, co-ordinator of Cinema Days, said: 'We are thrilled with the great response to the vote from the regional press and offer our congratulations to all of the winners. We look forward to The UK Regional Critics Film Awards becoming an annual event.'