Canadian director DenisCote's Drifting States and Stories From The North, from Thaidirector Uruphong Raksasad, picked up the top prizes at South Korea's Jeonju InternationalFilm Festival (April 27 - May 5).

Drifting States was awarded the Indie Vision Woosuk Award for films by first andsecond-time directors while documentary StoriesFrom The North took the Digital Spectrum JJ-Star Award for digital films.Both awards include a $10,000 prize for the recipients.

Geared toward independent,digital and newcomers' films, the Jeonju festival is South Korea's second largest after Pusan. Although its pre-Cannes timing has industryprofessionals flummoxed, the opening and closing weekends were well attended.

International guestsincluded Jafar Panahi, whose Berlin title Offsideopened the festival; Kazakh director Darezhan Omirbayev, Singaporean directorEric Khoo and Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang.

The latter three each contributeda 30-minute film to a digital omnibus entitled Talk To Her which has been selected for competition at the upcomingLocarno film festival.

Other prizes included theAudience Award which went to Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaarawhile exhibitor CJ CGV's award of post-production, marketing anddistribution support went to Lee Chang-jae's Between.

The festival closed withfirst-time filmmaker Kim Young-nam's Korea-Japan co-production Don't Look Back.