"Song" creator Rodrigue Jean was presented with $30,000 for winning top honors at the annual festival for his drama about a couple struggling with depression in the Canadian wilderness, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Saturday.
Meanwhile, a $10,000 award went to British artist Steve McQueen for his movie, "Hunger," which tells the tale of detained Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands' hunger strike in 1981. The Discovery Award given to McQueen during the 33rd annual festival came after his movie was tabbed for the honor by 1,000 members of the international media.
Festival audiences chose director Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" as the winner of this year's Cadillac People's Choice Award. The film from the "Trainspotting" director tells the story of an orphan who appears on the Indian game show "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?"
The CBC said other notable festival winners were director Derick Martini's "Lymelife," which won the International Critics for Discovery, and Atom Egoyan's "Adoration" that was honored with a special citation.