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2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Award Winners

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The 51st Ann Arbor Film Festival, held back on March 19-24, gave out 20 awards to 28 films, as selected by the three-panel jury of filmmakers Kevin Jerome Everson, Laida Lertxundi and Marcin Gizycki.

The big winner was Penny Lane‘s documentary Our Nixon, which took home the Best of the Fest Award. The film, assembled from “home” movies taken by Richard Nixon’s staff has quickly become one of the most talked about indie films of the year so far.

Other winners include Michael Almereyda’s short profile of a Northern England fishing village, Skinningrove, won for Best Documentary Film; Yuri Ancarani’s surgical film Da Vinci won for the Most Technically Innovative Film; and Frédéric Moffet’s meditation on Montgomery Clift, Postface, won for Best Experimental Film.

The full list of winners is below and you can check out the entire lineup of 2013 Ann Arbor Film Festival here.

Ken Burns Award for Best of the Festival
Our Nixon, dir. Penny Lane (Watch Online)

The Stan Brakhage Film at Wit’s End Award
I Am Micro, dir. Shai Heredia, Shumona Goel

Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film
Bite of the Tail, dir. Song E. Kim

Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film
Skinningrove, dir. Michael Almereyda

Award for Best International Film
2012 , dir. Takashi Makino

Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film
Da Vinci , dir. Yuri Ancarani

autFILM Award for Best LGBT Film
Encounters I May or May Not Have Had With Peter Berlin, dir. Mariah Garnett

Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design
Life Is an Opinion, Fire a Fact, dir. Karen Yasinsky

FotoKem/Colorlab Award for Best Cinematography
Despedida (farewell), dir. Alexandra Cuesta
People’s Park, dir. Libbie D. Cohn, J.P. Sniadecki

The No Violence Award
I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard, dir. Matt Wolf

Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film
Postface, dir. Frédéric Moffet

Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
Burning Star, dir. Joshua Gen Solondz

The Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist
Pareidolia, dir. Maya Erdelyi

Prix DeVarti for Funniest Film
Liberaceón, dir. Chris Vargas

Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful, dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu

George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award
Flower, dir. Naoko Tasaka

Art & Science Award
Dear Pluto, dir. Joanna Priestley

The Eileen Maitland Award
Lie Back and Enjoy It: A Film About JoAnn Elam, dir. Jessica Bardsley

Award for Best Music Video
Reagan by Killer Mike, dir. Daniel Garcia, Harry Teitelman

Jury Awards
Handful of Dust, dir. Hope Tucker
Solar Sight II, dir. Lawrence Jordan
Coversong, dir. Eric Dyer
More Is Always on the Way, dir. Bryan Boyce
Releasing Human Energies, dir. Mark Toscano
Circle in the Sand, dir. Michael Robinson
Phantom of a Libertine, dir. Ben Rivers
Dad’s Stick, dir. John Smith