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Arlington International Film Festival

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Location  Arlington, MA
Festival date  Annually, in October
Founded  2010
Language  International

Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is an annual nonprofit film festival dedicated to promoting and increasing multicultural awareness and showcases world cinema and independent films in their original language with English subtitles. Independent film producers, directors and actors within the US and abroad are invited to participate in engaging panel discussions and Q&A sessions after the screenings. Each year the festival greets more than 2,000 movie aficionados and shows about fifty films from all over the world with an impressive lineup of premieres. The Arlington International Film Festival also includes a year-round events such as poster contest competitions, pre-festival screenings and art exhibitions with local artists and performances by musicians, singers and dancers.



The Arlington International Film Festival was founded in 2010 by April Ranck and Alberto Guzman, in the aim of exploring and promoting the cultural diversity through the lens of independent films in a wide range of topics and areas. Jumping from 53 submissions the first year to over 142 the following year, the festival has been a significant success and attracts many enthusiast moviegoers. The festival was held during four consecutive years at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington. In 2015, the festival took place in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Kendall Square Cinema. Massachusetts. In 2016, for its 6th consecutive year, the annual festival returned to his home city in Arlington, and was held at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington. The number of films submissions continues to increase with a strong participation of filmmakers as well as a growing audience.


In 2014, the "Martin Luther King Community" awarded AIFF for spreading diversity and awareness of African-American culture, In 2012, the AIFF received the Year Award from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and in 2013, the McClennen Community Arts Award from Arlington Center for the Arts in recognition for building community, as well as the Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its 2013 poster contest. Last January, in conjunction with the Visual Art Department of the Arlington High School, AIFF brought artist Winfred Rembert for a 5-day residency. AIFF has also partnered with the Boston Environmental Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Boston Irish Film Festival. In addition, AIFF worked with the filmmaker Alice Rotchild, of documentary Voices Across the Divide, which co-won the Boston Palestine Film Festival's ‘2013 Audience Award for Best Film. Two films: Botso:The Teacher from Tbilisi and Elena that were showcased at the Arlington International Festival in 2014 are among the 134 features nominated in the 'Documentary Feature' category for the 87th Academy Awards


The screenings include feature length and short films in narrative, documentary and animation categories. Showings emphasize multiculturalism. The Arlington International Film Festival is a juried festival. High school work is also included.

2016 Festival Awards

Best of Festival:

  • East LA Interchange, Betsy Kalin: Director. USA. East Coast Premiere. Winner of the Award of Excellence IndieFest Film Awards; Best Feature New Urbanism Film Festival; 1 st place jury award Frozen River Film Festival; Best Doc Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.
  • Best Narrative Feature:

  • Climas", Enrica Pérez: Director. Peru. USA Premiere. Premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival. Official Selection of the Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de Cuba; Epic Award for upcoming Filmakers at the Festival de Cine de Lima.
  • Best Documentary Feature:

  • Jiàoliàn [coach]", Esteban Argüello: Director. Official Selection of the Sebastopol Doc Fest; Ethnography Festival, Paris; D.C Asian American FF. Washington DC and Frozen River Film Festival.
  • Best Documentary Short Film:

  • The time of the Luthiers", Jorge Guerrero: Director. Spain. USA Premiere.
  • Best Narrative Short Film:

  • EDÉN Hostel", Gonzaga Manso: Director. Spain. New England Premiere.
  • Best Animated Short Film:

  • The Day of the Bleeding Gums, Dimitar Dimitrov-Animiter: Director. Bulgaria. New England Premiere.
  • Official Selection at the Seattle International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.


  • Attached At the Soul, William Leon: Writer/Director. USA, CA
  • Best Short Documentary:

  • Todo tiene su tiempo/ Everything Has Its Time, Marylys Merida: Director. USA, MA.
  • Best Short Narrative:

  • Teach Me Fish, Asa Minter: Director. USA, MA.
  • Best Short Experimental:

  • I don't need U, Alyssa Peguero: Director. USA, MA.
  • Special Presentation from this year's Harvard College Film Festival:

  • The Flag, Director: Tyler S.Parker. USA, South Carolina.
  • Best Documentary - Best Direction (Documentary) - Best Editing (Documentary) - Best Sound Editing (Documentary) at Harvard College Film Festival 2016.

    2015 Festival Awards

    Best of Festival:

  • Gabo: The Creation of Garcia Marquez, produced by Justin Webster. France
  • Best Narrative Feature:

  • How Not To Disappear Completely, produced by Stuart J. Parkins, Director. U.K. USA PREMIERE.
  • Best Documentary Short Film:

  • A Chance To Dress, Produced by Alice Dungan Bouvrie. USA
  • Tashi & The Monk, produced by Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke, Directors. MA, USA.
  • Best Fiction Short Film':

  • Kresnik:The Lore of Fire, produced by David SIPOŠ, Slovenia.
  • Best Animated Short Film':

  • Bendito Machine, produced by Jossie MALIS, Director. Spain, New England Premiere.
  • COLLEGE AWARDS 'Best of Festival:

  • Adagio, Kevin Wolf, Director. CA.

  • Jordan, Katie Russel, Director. Raw Art Works, MA
  • Best Experimental:

  • Inhibited, Alexia Salingaros, Director, TX
  • Best Animation:

  • Luminosity, Alexia Salingaros, Director, TX
  • Best Documentary:

  • Picking up the Pieces, Joshua Tebeau, Director, Poland
  • Best Narrative:

  • Queen, Arvonne Patterson, Director, MA
  • 2014 Festival Awards

    Best of Festival:

  • Elena directed by Petra Costa and produced by Busca Vida Filmes.
  • Best Documentary:

  • Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi, directed by Tom Walters.
  • Best Narrative:

  • The Forgotten Kingdom, directed by Andrew Mudge.
  • Best Narrative Short:

  • The Man Who Fed His Shadow, directed by Mario Garefo.
  • Best Documentary Short:

  • Not Anymore, directed by Matthew VanDyke.
  • 2013 Festival Awards

    Best Documentary:

  • The Iran Job directed by Till Schauder.
  • Best Narrative:

  • Clandestine Childhood directed by Benjamín Ávila.
  • Best Short:

  • Baghdad Messi, directed by Shahim Omar Kalifa.
  • Best Documentary - High School Division Awards:

  • La Lucha, directed by Tessa Tracy and Sophia Santos.
  • Best Narrative - High School Division Award:

  • The Shingles, directed by Malcolm DC.
  • 2012 Festival Awards

    Best of Festival:

  • All Me: The Life and Time of Winfred Rembert directed by Vivian Ducat.
  • Best Documentary:

  • Racing the Rez, directed by Brian Truglio.
  • Best Narrative:

  • Consent, directed by Ron Farrar Brown.
  • Best of Festival & Best Documentary -High School Division Awards:

  • La joie de vivre, directed by Jeremy Vassiliou.
  • Best Narrative - High School Division Award:

  • Molineux, directed by Jacob Sussman.
  • High School Division Awards Best Animation - High School Division Awards:

  • In Your Heart, directed by Raymond Caplin.
  • Best Experimental - High School Division Award:

  • The Crown of life directed by Real Junior Leblanc.
  • 2011 Festival Awards

    Best of Festival:

  • Zero Percent, directed by Tim Skousen.
  • Best Documentary:

  • We still live here directed by Anne Makepeace.
  • Best Narrative:

  • Fuerteventura, directed by Mattias Sandström.
  • Best Short Film - High School Division Award:

  • Nowhere Now Here, directed by Gaby Bruce.
  • References

    Arlington International Film Festival Wikipedia

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