The Middle East International Film Festival has wrapped, and the winners of the first-ever winners of the fest's Black Pearl awards have been announced. The closing night of the fest included a screening of In the Valley of Elah; Paul Haggis was on-hand on the red carpet, along with a slew of other talent from Bollywood and the Middle East.

Director/actor Nadine Labaki of Caramel walked away with the Variety Middle East Filmmaker of the Year award,; while the UAE Filmmakers of the Year went to Fadel Al Muheiry and Hani Al Shibani.

Side note: Variety's Mike Jones, who's there covering the fest, has an interesting piece up about prayers in Abu Dhabi, and some pics of the Variety MEIFF party.

The complete list of MEIFF's Black Pearl winners can be found after the jump ... Middle East International Film Festival Black Pearl Winners

Producer Peter Bouckaert, and Director Nic Balthazar of
Ben X
Winner of the Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000

Michael James Rowland of Lucky Miles
Winner of Black Pearl Jury Prize for Best New Director (Feature Film). The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000

Ensemble Cast: Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Al Masri, Joanna Moukarzel. Gisele Aouad and Sihame Haddad of Caramel
Winner of the Black Pearl for Best Actress. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000

Carl Markovics of The Counterfeiters
Winner of the Black Pearl for Best Actor. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000

Paul Taylor of We Are Together
Winner of Black Pearl Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 300,000

Producer Gundny Hummelvoll, and Director Hisham Zaman of Bawke
Winner of the Black Pearl for Best Short Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 100,000

Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont of Manon on the Pavement
Winner of the Black Pearl for Best New Director (Short Film). The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 100,000

Josh Raskin of I Met the Walrus
Winner of the Black Pearl for Best Animated Short Film. The award carries with it a cash prize of AED 100,000