CalArtian Filmmakers among Award Recipients at Ann Arbor Film Festival

Film still from 'Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin.' | Image: Mariah Garnett.

Film still from ‘Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin.’ | Image: Mariah Garnett.

The 51st Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival jurors—filmmakers Kevin Jerome Everson, Marcin Gizycki and Laida Lertxundi (Film/Video MFA 07)—announced the festival’s award recipients on Sunday evening. Seven CalArtians were recognized for their films. Among the winners:

  • \aut\FILM Award for Best LGBT Film
    Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin by Mariah Garnett (Film/Video MFA 11)
  • FotoKem/Colorlab Award for Best Cinematography
    Despedida (farewell) by Alexandra Cuesta (Film/Video MFA 08) shared the award with People’s Park by Libbie D. Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki
  • The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist
    Pareidolia by Maya Erdelyi (Film/Video MFA 12)
  • Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
    Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful by Akosua Adoma Owusu (Film/Video, Art MFA 08)
  • George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award
    Flower by Naoko Tasaka (Film/Video MFA 11)
  • Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
    Bite of the Tail by Song E Kim (Film/Video MFA 07)
  • Art & Science Award
    Dear Pluto by Joanna Priestley (Film/Video MFA 85)

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America.

Related: Ann Arbor Film Fest: 20 CalArts Filmmakers, Including Suzan Pitt Retrospective

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