NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Telluride Film Festival wrapped up on Monday after a long weekend of screenings, seminars and other programs, with George Clooney and Tilda Swinton receiving top honors. The 38th annual festival in the Colorado ski resort town saw Alexander Paynes The Descendants win a rapturous reception, with star George Clooney on hand to discuss the comic drama being released in November. Other films that drew strong response included silent film The Artist, which also made a splash in Cannes, and Albert Nobbs, a period piece in which Glenn Closes character lives most of her life disguised as a man. Close was also in town for the festival. The festivals three surprise films, which were not announced in advance, included Jim Field Smiths Butter, starring Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell, all of whom made appearances. Crazy Horse, Frederick Wisemans look at the glamorous Paris cabaret, and Le Grand Amour, Pierre Etaixs lost masterpiece which was making its North American premiere, were also screened. Silver Medallion awards for significant contributions to the cinema world went to Clooney, Swinton and Etaix. The Special Medallion, honoring preservation and presentation of great movies, went to British film magazine Sight & Sound, with editor Nick James on hand to accept.