Duncan Jones’ low-budget sci-fi feature debut MOON has won the prestigious Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival, it was announced today.

The Jury citation read: “We award Moon for its singular vision and remarkably assured direction as well as for the inspired manner in which it transcends genre. The central performance by Sam Rockwell embodies the film’s emotional complexity and compelling philosophical perspective.”

Duncan Jones & Stuart Fenegan receiving the award from EIFF Patron Sir Sean Connery.

This year’s Michael Powell Jury were director Joe Wright (Atonement) who presided over the five-strong Jury: film critic Claudia Puig; actress Sacha Horler (My Year Without Sex); journalist and author Janet Street-Porter and Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon).