CalArtians Among Winners at 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival

Laida Lertxundi won a Jury Award at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival. (Still from ‘Vivir para Vivir / Live to Live.’)

Several CalArts School of Film/Video filmmakers took home awards from the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF), held earlier this month (March 15-20) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award went to The Illinois Parables by Deborah Stratman (Film/Video MFA 95 ) for work that "exemplifies the ideals of the individual creating, through deep personal necessity, a revealing and thought-provoking visual expression of formal innovation and integrity."
  • Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker was given to Minjung Kim (Film/Video MFA 15), who directed the short Australian Paper. The award is given to an emerging filmmaker who the jury expects to make a "significant contribution to the art of film in the course of his/her filmmaking career. "
  • Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design went to Irradiant Field, directed by Laura Kraning (Film/Video MFA 10).
  • Gil Omenn Art & Science Award honored CalArts faculty member Charlotte Pryce's Prima Materia for best using the art form to "explore scientific concepts, research natural phenomena or embrace real world experimentation."
  • And lastly, Laida Lertxundi (Film/Video MFA 07), director of Vivir Para Vivir / Live to Live, earned one of four Jury Awards, given out at the Jury's discretion to films of "distinction and artistic accomplishment."

View the complete AAFF winners' list.

Related: CalArts Filmmakers Represent at 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival

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