'Skeletons' awarded at Edinburgh Film Fest

David Thewlis, Gareth Edwards, 'Dry Land' also take prizes

LONDON -- Nick Whitfield's "Skeletons" walked away with this year's Michael Powell Award for best new British feature at a ceremony held Saturday evening at the Edinburgh International Film Festival ahead of Sunday night's closing ceremony and gala screening.

At an awards ceremony prior to the closing gala for "Third Star," organizers also dished out the best performance in a British feature to David Thewlis for his turn in "Mr Nice."

Best international feature nod went to "The Dry Land" directed by Ryan Piers Willians while Gareth Edwards picked up this year's new directors award. Laura Poitras secured the best documentary nod for "The Oath."

The awards were presented by EIFF Artistic Director Hannah McGill and festival patrons Tilda Swinton and Seamus McGarvey.

The Michael Powell jury, under president Patrick Stewart, with director Mike Hodges, film curator Laurence Kardish, director Rafi Pitts and actress Britt Ekland, also gave a special mention to Edward and Rory McHenry for their animated revision of modern British history, "Jackboots on Whitehall."
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