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 ...
categories Movies, Awards, Cinematical