The 39th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) closed on December 2 in Goa with Sergei Dvortsevoy's Kazakhstan film Tulpan picking up the top prize of best film.

The Golden Peacock award is accompanied by a cash prize of $80,000 (Rs4m). Dvortsevoy also took the Silver Peacock for Most Promising Directorwhich came with acash prize of $30,000 (Rs1.5m). The citation read 'Tulpan is a cinematic triumph that pulls us into a world where man can live in peace with nature'.

The $30,000 Special Jury Award went to Sri Lankan actress Malini Fonseka whose film Akasa Kusum featured in the competition section.

The five-member competition jury was headed by Hong Kong director Peter Chan. Other jury members were Venice director Marco Mueller, Iranian actress and filmmaker Niki Karimi, Filipino director Lav Diaz and Indian actress Tabassum Hashmi.

The closing film was Majid Majidi's The Song Of Sparrows and the chief guest was noted South Indian actor Kamal Hassan who said that despite setbacks and dark moments normal life must go on.

The closing ceremony started with a minute's silence to commemorate the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The festival began on November 22 and 185 movies from 44 countries were shown during theten days.