'Mad Max: Fury Road' Voted Surprise Winner of Critics' Choice Award

Mad Max: Fury Road has won the 2015 International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Grand Prix, it was announced on Wednesday.

Australian filmmaker George Miller will collect the FIPRESCI Grand Prix at the upcoming San Sebastián Film Festival. In a statement released on FIPRESCI's website Miller said: "You could have knocked me over with a feather! It's lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labours in this way."

Miller's post-apocalyptic action film, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, gained critical acclaim and garnered a degree of feminist backing due to its strong female characters. Miller also directed the first two films in the Mad Max franchise and the animation Happy Feet.

The Grand Prix winner is selected by a poll of 493 members of the International Federation of Film Critics who can nominate any feature-length film that has premiered since July the previous year. Mad Max was shortlisted along with László Nemes' Son Of Saul which won four awards at Cannes, Cannes Best Director winner Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin and Jafar Panahi's Golden Bear winner Taxi.

Since its creation in 1999, the FIPRESCI Grand Prix has been awarded prestigious filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Richard Linklater.

The 63rd edition of the San Sebastián film festival will take place on September 18 in the northern Spanish coastal city.