DIFF winners All of the awards winners from last night's DIFF 2009 closing ceremony... The winners of the Dubai International Film Festival Awards were announced last night.The ceremony was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammad met elite of Arab drama artists and welcomed them in the UAE. He praised their creative drama production which contributed to enriching the cultural output of the Arab world. SIMILAR ARTICLES Abu Dhabi reinstates 5% cap on rent increase Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets on sale now Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes? Chaos at Guns N' Roses Dubai show The Dubai Drama Awards were also presented with a total prize fund of $1 million (Dhs3.68m) given to local television networks according to viewers during the Holy Month of Ramadan. More than 900 entries were received from the Arab world, Asia and Africa all battling for a fraction of the $575,000 up for grabs in prize money. The Muhr Arab competition, open to directors of Arab nationality or origin, drew around 437 entries, while the Muhr Asia/Africa competition, currently in its second year, received around 513 entries. Emirati talent was highlighted with three awards presented before the main awards were handed out. The prize for Best Emirati talent went to Mohammad Hassan Ahmad; the Most Promising Emirati female filmmaker was Manal Bin Amro and Most Promising Emirati filmmaker was Nawaf Al Janahi. The Muhr Arab and Muhr Asia/Africa award winners are: Muhr AsiaAfrica Short FilmsFirst Prize Dyana Gaye for UN TRANSPORT EN COMMUN (SAINT LOUIS BLUES) France, Senegal Special Jury Prize Sung-hee Jo for DON'T STEP OUT OF THE HOUSE South Korea Second Prize Vinoo Choliparambil for VITTHAL IndiaMuhr Arab Short Films First Prize Bassam Ali Jarbawi for CHICKEN HEADS Palestine Special Jury Prize Talal Khoury for 9AAB (9 AUGUST) Lebanon Second Prize Aida Elkashef for RHAPSODY IN AUTUMN EgyptSpecial Mention Mohammad Aldhahri for SHROUQ/GHROUB (SUNRISE/SUNSET) Saudi Arabia Muhr AsiaAfrica DocumentaryFirst Prize Tokachi Tsuchiya for FUTSU NO SHIGOTO GA SHITAI (A NORMAL LIFE, PLEASE) Japan Special Jury Prize Lloyd Ross for THE SILVER FEZ South Africa Second Prize Jean-Marie Teno for LIEUX SAINTS (SACRED PLACES) Cameroon, France Muhr Arab Documentary First Prize Zeina Daccache for 12 ANGRY LEBANESE - THE DOCUMENTARY LebanonSpecial Jury Prize Mai Iskander for GARBAGE DREAMS USA Second Prize Bilal Yousef for AL AWDA ELA AL THAT (BACK TO ONE'S ROOTS) Qatar, Palestine Special Mention Hakim Belabbes for ASHLAA (IN PIECES) Morocco Muhr AsiaAfrica - FeatureBest Screenplay Eun-kyo Park and Bong Joon-ho for MOTHER South KoreaBest Editor Garreth Fradgley for SHIRLEY ADAMS South Africa Best Composer Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr and Koichi Shimizu for NANG MAI (NYMPH) Thailand, Netherlands Best Cinematographer Channa Deshapriya for AHASIN WETEI (BETWEEN TWO WORLDS) Sri Lanka, France Best Actor Hasan Pourshirazi for KESHTZARHAYE SEPID (THE WHITE MEADOWS) Iran Best Actress Denise Newman for SHIRLEY ADAMS South Africa Special Jury Prize Mohammad Rasoulof for KESHTZARHAYE SEPID (THE WHITE MEADOWS) Iran Muhr Arab - FeatureBest Screenplay Mariam Naoum for WAHED-SEFR (ONE-ZERO) Egypt Best Editor Ahmed Dawood for ASAFEER EL NEEL (THE NILE BIRDS) Egypt Best Composer Le Trio Joubran for ADIEU GARY (FAREWELL GARY) FranceBest Cinematographer Nancy Abdel Fattah for WAHED-SIFR (ONE-ZERO) Egypt Best Actor Said Bey for THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Morocco Best Actress Nisreen Faour for AMREEKA USA, Canada, Kuwait Special Mention Shawkat Amin Korki for KICK OFF Japan, Iraq Special Jury Prize Merzak Allouache for HARRAGAS Algeria Muhr AsiaAfrica FeatureBest FilmBrillante Mendoza for LOLA France, PhilippinesMuhr Arab FeatureBest FilmMichel Khleifi for ZINDEEQ Palestine, United Kingdome, United Arab Emirates The Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica award winning films will be screened at Cinestar cinemas at Mall of the Emirates on Friday, December 18.