For the last week, Ann Arbor once again served as a meeting place for independent and experimental filmmakers from all over the globe. The 41st Ann Arbor Film Festival took over the Michigan Theater and everything from 16mm animated short films to feature length documentaries to Japanese experiments in video inhabited the theater’s two screens.

This year’s fest was easily labeled a transition year with new festival director Chrisstina Hamilton taking over for 15-year veteran director Vickey Honeymoon. Hamilton also prompted the festival to accept 35mm films into its competition for the first time. Yet, in a year steeped in change, the Ken Burns Best of the Festival award went to “Nebel (Mist),” from German filmmaker Matthias M

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