Mexican drama “La Jaula De Oro” (“The Golden Cage”) won the Best Film award by a debutant director on the closing day of the 15th Mumbai Film Festival, which also recognized Singapore’s “Ilo Ilo” and Indian films “Fandry,” “Katiyabaaz” and “Qissa.”

Directed by Diego Quemada-Diaz, “The Golden Cage” was honored with the Golden Gateway of India Award and a cash prize by the jury, headed by director Bruce Beresford.

Quemada-Diaz said he was happy to see a topic like illegal migration, which is a huge issue in his country, find resonance with the audience here.

Marathi director Nagraj Manjule’s maiden effort “Fandry,” dealing with issues of adolescence and caste prejudices, was given the Jury Grand Prize.

Manjule invited his whole cast onstage to share the win and drew laughs by describing how his father thought him a slacker.

“My father is no more. He loved me a lot but worried about me as he thought I was of no good. My mother is in the village as she has no interest in films, but I must thank my friends who encouraged me at every step,” Manjule said.

“Ilo Ilo,” Singapore’s entry to the Oscars this year in the Best Foreign Film category, had a double win for Anthony Chen and Yeo Yann Yann, who won the Best Director and Best Actress awards, respectively.

Set at the beginning of the 1997 financial crisis, the film revolves around a Filipino maid in the city.

The Best Actor prize was presented to French actor Vincent Macaigne for his role in French film “Tonnerre” while “The Rocket,” Australia’s entry to the Oscars this year, won the Best Cinematography award for Andrew Commis. The award was accepted by director Kim Mordaunt.

Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar’s factual drama “Katiyabaaz,” about the electricity crisis in Kanpur, surprised by scooping the Best Film win in the India Gold segment, while Anup Singh’s “Qissa” was named the second Best Film by the jury, which was headed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.

The “Qissa” cast — Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra and Tillotama Shome — were in attendance at the awards ceremony.

I love hearing about so many different ethnic films doing well at festivals. Congrats to all the winners and nominees of the Mumbai Film Festival.

For those who don’t know, The Mumbai Film Festival lasts 8days with over 200 film entries. This year marked the 15th year of the annual festivity.