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THE 53RD ANN ARBOR

FILM FESTIVAL

AWARD-WINNING FILMS

Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival
The Creation of Meaning - Simone Rapisarda Casanova
 
Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
The Figure Carved Into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Tree - Joana Pimenta

Many Thousands Gone - Ephraim Asili
 
Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film
Speculation Nation - Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat
 
Lawrence Kasden Award for Best Narrative Film
Episode of the Sea - Lonnie van Brummelen &

Siebren de Haan
 
Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
The Bigger Picture - Daisy Jacobs
 
Best Experimental Film
Detour de France - Rebecca Baron

 

Gil Omenn Art & Science Award

Depositions - Luke Fowler

Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film

The Song Remains the Same - Mark Toscano

Seven Signs that Mean Silence - Sara Magenheimer

 

 

 

PROCAM Best Regional Filmmaker Award
VV - Elizabeth Wodzinski
 
The Eileen Maitland Award
Sister City - Dani Leventhal
 
The No Violence Award
Babash - Lisa Truttman & Behrouz Rae
 
Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design
Accent Grave on Ananas  - Tamara Henderson
 
George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award
Special Features - James N. Kienitz Wilkens
 
Tios Award for Best International Film
Old Jewish Cemetery - Sergei Loznitsa
 
Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film
Brouillard-Passage #15 - Alexandre Larose

 

\aut\ Film Award for Best LGBTQ Film 
The Royal Road - Jenni Olson
 
Overture/Wazoo Award for Best Music Video
Cirrus by Bonobo - Cyriak
 

Jury Awards: 

War Prayer (Richard Wiebe)

Chapri (Kataryza Plazinska)

Peacock (Andrew Kim)

Port Noir (Laura Kraning)

Iron Ministry (J.P. Sniadecki)

MEET THE JURORS

MARY MAGSMAN

RUTH BRADLEY

JAY ROSENBLATT

FILMS

PREMIERES

 21 World Premieres

 12 North American Premieres

  7 U.S. Premieres

27,000 IN BOX

OFFICE REVENUE

$19,000 IN TOTAL AWARDS TO 29 FILMS

PEOPLE

ALMOST 10,000 ATTENDEES

600 PEOPLE AT OPENING NIGHT

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