Silent Light, directed by Carlos Reygadas was the big winner at the 50th annual Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Oscars which took place on Tuesday night.

The third feature from Reygadas took prizes for best film, director supporting actress (first time actress Maria Pankratz), cinematography (Alexis Zabe) and original screenplay.

The film, set in a US Menonite community, was produced by Mantarraya Producciones which self-distributed in Mexico through ND Mantarraya last month.

Horror film KM 31, directed by Rigoberto Castañeda, won six awards mostly in technical categories including Best visual effects. The film, produced by Lemon Films and distributed by Videocine, was a surprise Mexican hit last year and the third biggest box office success in Mexican history with an $11.8m gross.

Jorge Zárate was named Best Actor for his performance in Ricardo Begne's Dos Abrazos (Two Embraces) and Irene Azuela won the Best Actress trophy for Quemar los Naves (Burn the Bridges), directed by Francisco Franco.

Everardo González's documentary Los Ladrones Viejos, Las Leyendas Del Artegio, (The Old Thieves, The Legend Of Artegio) won in the documentary and editing categories.

The Ibero American Ariel went to XXY, by Argentina's Lucia Puenzo.

One of the most emotional moments of the ceremony, was when Silvia Pinal, who was Luis Buñuel's muse and one of the most important actresses of the Golden Mexican era of cinema, received the Golden Ariel for her career.