'Town' talk of Edinburgh fest


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

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

Selected by a jury led by actor Danny Huston, the prize fund was bolstered by a cash injection from the U.K. Film Council. The jury described "Town" as "the freshest, most imaginative, maverick work" in the race for the award.

The jury also picked out Robert Carlyle for his performance in "Summer" as best in a British feature film.

The Skillset New Directors Award, which comes with a prize of £5,000 ($9,900), went to Marianna Palka for "Good Dick." Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World" won this year's best documentary award and £5,000 from a jury chaired by Seamus McGarvey.

This year's edition marked the first in June for the world's longest continuously running film festival, which moved from its traditional August slot. (partialdiff)