Shane Meadows' 'Town' triumphs at Edinburgh

Robert Carlyle receives best performance honor

LONDON -- Shane Meadows' "Somers Town" secured this year's Michael Powell award for best British film as the Edinburgh International Film Festival ended Sunday.

The filmmaker walked away with kudos and a sizable cash prize of 20,000 pounds ($39,000), up from last year's purse of 5,000 pounds.

Selected by a jury presided over by actor Danny Huston, the prize fund was this year bolstered by a U.K. Film Council cash injection.

A jury statement described Meadows' film as "the freshest, most imaginative, maverick work" in the race for this year's award.

The jury also picked out Robert Carlyle for his performance in "Summer" as this year's PPG Award for best performance in a British feature film.

The Skillset New Directors Award, for which the director also receives 5,000 pounds ($9,900), went to Marianna Palka for her film "Good Dick," organizers said.

Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World" won best documentary and 5,000 pounds ($9,900) from a jury chaired by Seamus McGarvey.

The awards were dished out by festival patron Sean Connery at a ceremony held in the festival's HQ in the Scottish capital Sunday afternoon.