The Montreal World Film Festival wrapped on Monday with Japanese filmmaker Yojiro Takita's Okurbito (Departures) winning the top competition prize, the Grand Prix of The Americas.

Canadian documentary filmmaker Benoit Pilon won three prizes for his dramatic debut, The Necessitites Of Life, earning a Special Grand Prix of the Jury as well as two major audience prizes, most popular film of the festival and most popular Canadian feature.

Serbian filmmaker Goran Markovic won Best Director for his film The Tour (Turneja), which also won the FIPRESCI prize. Best Actress prize went to Barbara Sukowa for The Invention Of The Curried Sausage (Die Entdeckung Der Currywurst) by Germany's Ulla Wagner while Best Actor kudos went to Eri Canete for Teo's Voyage (El Viage De Teo) by Mexico's Walter Doehner. The screenplay prize was presented jointly to Welcome To Farewell-Gutmann (Bienvenido A Farewell-Gutmann) by Spain's Xavi Puebla, screenplay by Puebla and Jesus Gil, and Nobody To Watch Over Me by Japan's Riyoichi Kimizuka, screenplay by Kimizuka and Satoshi Suzuki.

In the Best First Fiction category, the Golden Zenith went to For A Moment, Freedom (Ein Augenblick, Freiheit) by Arash T. Riahi, an Austria-France coproduction, while the Silver Zenith went to German filmmaker Christian Klandt's Weltstadt and Bronze to Summer Book (Tatil Kitabi) by Seyfi Teoman of Turkey.

The prize for Best Artistic Contribution went to Daniel Alfredson's Sweden-Norway-Finland coproduction Wolf (Varg), which also won the Ecumenical Prize. The Ecumenical Jury made special mention of Teo's Voyage. The Innovation Award went to Israeli filmmaker Eitan Green for It All Begins At Sea.

The Best Documentary prize went India filmmaker Rajesh S. Jala for Children Of The Pyre while the Glauber Rocha Award for the Best Latin American film went to Eliseo Subiela's Don't Look Down (No Mires Para Abajo).