The best script award went to dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi for "Closed Curtain," a film that he co-directed with longtime friend Kamboziya Partovi in defiance of a ban on filmmaking. The film, in which the two directors play the main roles, reflects Panahi's frustration at being unable to work officially — it's set inside an isolated seaside villa, much of the time with the curtains drawn.
Partovi accepted the award, telling the audience that "it's never been possible to stop a thinker and a poet."
The prize for outstanding artistic achievement went to Aziz Zhambakiyev for his camerawork in Kazakh director Emir Baigazin's "Harmony Lessons," which centers on a teenager tormented by his schoolmates.
The festival's Alfred Bauer prize for innovation went to Canadian director Denis Cote's "Vic+Flo Saw a Bear."
The winners were chosen by a seven-member jury led by filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.