As the International Film Festival Rotterdam comes to a close today, the KPN Audience Award has gone to Persepolis.

The animated film, by Marjane Satrapi and Philippe Paronnaud, also won the young jury's MovieSquad Award. The audience prize comes with Euros 7,500.

Runners-up for the audience prize were Estomago - A Gastronomic Story by Brazil's Marcos Jorge (which is being sold by new Paris-based sales outfit Elle Driver) and 2km2 - A Square View by Carel van Hees and Andre van der Hout, about Rotterdam's history.

The festival has announced its 2009 dates as Jan 21-Feb 1.

The 2008 festival had 355,000 visits, down slightly from 367,000 in 2007. CineMart welcomed 830 guests this year, compared to 842 last year.