The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) ended with diminished star power, but a strong theme of compassion and humanity on Sunday June 22.

Only Asian stars such as Charlie Yeung, Karen Mok, Chang Chen and Fann Wong attended the closing ceremony.

Russiandirector Vladimir Kott'sMukha, which depicts a peculiar father-daughter relationship, was awarded with the highest honour of the festival - the best picture of the Jin Jue Award.

Chinese director Gao Qunshu's Old Fish, about an ordinary policeman dealing with a serial bombing case, won the Jury Grand Prix. The film's Ma Guowei, a police officer in real life, won the best actor award for his vivid performance as a non-professional actor.

Lithuanian film Loss won both best director for Maris Martinsons and best music for composer Andrius Mamontovas.

Czech film Vaclav, about a borderline loner and the mysterious death of his father in a conservative village, won best screenplay and best actress for Emilia Vasaryova's performance.

The best cinematography award went to Florian Schilling for the German film My Mother's Tears. SIFF jury chairman Wong Kar-wai also gave special mention to actress Alexandra Tyuftey for her portrayal of an isolated and unforgiving high-school girl in Mukha.

Besides giving out the Jin Jue awards, the SIFF organising committee presented 35 digital projectors and two sets of broadcasting facilities to a Sichuan film projection technician Zhao Xianfu, to assist his voluntary service of screening films in the disaster areas of the Sichuan earthquake.

The Jin Jue Award is one of SIFF's two main competition sections, along with the Asian New Talent Awards. This year the awards received more than 1,000 submissions from 78 countries.

During the closing speech at the SIFF closing ceremony, Chinese Film Bureau director Tong Gang also announced that 86 exhibitors and 400 local and overseas buyers attended SIFF Mart. Around 200 projects and films had reached deals, according to Tong.