Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away picked up the audience award at the 23rd Cambridge Film Festival, which wrapped on July 20.

The Japanese animated feature polled over 700 of the 4000 votes cast by festival goers to win the Q103 People's Choice Award. Spirited Away goes on general release in the UK on September 12.

The Shortfusion audience prize for best short film was awarded to Raj Yagnik's Puppet Access TV, a satire of celebrity-driven television culture.

The festival was also attended by a number of high-profile guests, including Cate Blanchett, Jane Birkin, directors Joel Schumacher and Peter Greenaway and the 12 year old star of Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes,

Cambridge also saw 12, 000 cinema-goers buy tickets for festival films - beating the previous years record by 2,000 tickets. 150 films, of which many were UK premieres, were screened.

Festival director Tony Jones commented: "The Festival team has been absolutely delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response'and to have succeeded in putting Cambridge on a par with the most prestigious UK film festivals."