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Arlington International Film Festival
Arlington International Film Festival
Arlington International Film Festival Logo.jpg
Location Arlington, MA
Founded 2010
Festival date Annually, in October
Language International

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is an annual nonprofit film festival [1] 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 (the AIFF's logo was designed by Marley Jurgensmeyer, winner of the 2012 poster contest competition), 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. Hundreds of submissions are now watched by AIFF's Selection Committee each year and many of the selected films have been nominated for Academy Awards, while others have been purchased by CNN, POV PBS and Nova. The festival was held during four consecutive years at the historic Regent Theatre in Arlington. In 2015, the festival took place at the Kendall Square Cinema,[2]Massachusetts. In 2016, the annual festival returned to his home city in Arlington, and was held at the Capitol Theater Building,[3] in Arlington, Massachusetts . 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,[4] In 2012, the AIFF received the Year Award from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce,[5] and in 2013, the McClennen Community Arts Award from Arlington Center for the Arts [6][7] in recognition for building community, as well as the Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council [8] for its 2013 poster contest. Last January, in conjunction with the Visual Art Department of the Arlington High School, AIFF brought artist Winfred Rembert [9][10] 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[11]


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. College and High school students are also included.

Festival Awards

2017 Festival Awards

Best of Festival:
Best Narrative Feature:
  • You Have a Nice Flight,[14] Jimmy Dinh: Director. USA. The film has received 8 Awards, 21 Official Selections, and 17 Nominations. In July 2017: Shelley Dennis won an Actor Award for the Best Actress for the comedy: You Have a Nice Flight.[15] The comedy has also received the Award of Outstanding Achievement at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival.[16]
Best Documentary Feature:
  • A Courtship,[17] Amy Khon: Director. USA.
Best of Festival Short Film:
  • Sisak,[18] Faraz Ansari: Director, India. Winner Best International Film. Winner Best Overall Short, Best Film at Mosaic Int'l South Asian Film Festival, Mississauga, Ontario.
Best Narrative Short Film:
  • Fist of People, Dong-ki An: Director. South Korea.
Best Documentary Short Film:
  • Phil's Camino,[19][20] Annie O'Neil: Director. USA. This documentary has won 16 out of 25 festivals. World premiere at the SXSW Int'l Film Festival [21] and Winner of the Best Short Doc at numerous film festivals. Officially submitted to The Academy for Oscar Nomination at the 89th Academy Awards.
Best Animation Short Film:


Best of Festival Short Film:
  • A Roll Call, Ben Reingold: Director. Sharon, MA.
Best Narrative Short Films:
  • Rosa, Roni Rolsgrove: Director. Boston, MA. ICA.
  • Loop, Stephen Gentry, Ryan Beard & Eli Hall: Directors. Charlottesville, VA. World Premiere.
Best Documentary Short Film:
  • After Freddie Gray, What Now?, Victor Able,Tayvon Cole, Katia Crawford, William Mitchell, Niajea Randolph, and Kailah Hall: Directors. Baltimore, MD.
Best Animation Short Film:
  • Washed Away, Madysen Yamamoto and Marina Kyle: Directors. San Francisco, CA.
Special Recognition Documentary Short:
  • What Piano District, Annmarie Soba: Director. NYC. WORLD PREMIERE.

2016 Festival Awards

Best of Festival:

  • East LA Interchange,[24] Betsy Kalin: Director. USA. East Coast Premiere. Winner of the Award of Excellence IndieFest Film Awards; Best Feature New Urbanism Film Festival; 1st place jury award Frozen River Film Festival; Best Doc Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

Best Narrative Feature:

  • Climas",[25] 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 Filmmakers at the Festival de Cine de Lima.

Best Documentary Feature:

  • Jiàoliàn [coach]",[26] 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",[27] Jorge Guerrero: Director. Spain. USA Premiere.

Best Narrative Short Film:

  • EDÉN Hostel",[28] Gonzaga Manso: Director. Spain. New England Premiere.

'Best Animation Short Film:

  • The Day of the Bleeding Gums,[29] 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 Documentary Short:

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

'Best Narrative Short:

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

Best Experimental Short:

  • I don't need U, Alyssa Peguero: Director. USA, MA.

Special Presentation from this year's Harvard College Film Festival:

  • The Flag,[30] 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,[31] produced by Justin Webster. France

Best Narrative Feature:

  • How Not To Disappear Completely,[32] produced by Stuart J. Parkins, Director. U.K. USA PREMIERE.

Best Documentary Short Film:

  • A Chance To Dress,[33] Produced by Alice Dungan Bouvrie. USA
  • Tashi & The Monk,[34] produced by Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke, Directors. MA, USA.

Best Fiction Short Film':

  • Kresnik:The Lore of Fire,[35] produced by David SIPO?, Slovenia.

Best Animated Short Film':

  • Bendito Machine,[36] 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:

Best Documentary:

  • Botso:[39][40] 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:

Best Narrative:

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:

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 [44] 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.


  1. ^ New England Journal- AIFF pre festival event
  2. ^ Kendall Square Cinema
  3. ^ Theater web site
  4. ^ Martin Luther King Community award
  5. ^ Arlington, Ma, Chamber of Commerce: Congratulations to the 2012 Member Recognition Honorees[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ AIFF Celebrates its Partnership with Arlington Center for the Arts
  7. ^ AIFF Celebrates its Partnership with Medford Arts Center
  8. ^ Massachusetts Cultural council Gold star
  9. ^ Public News-Winfred Rembert- Celebrating Black History Month
  10. ^ Arlington Education Foundation. Winfred Rembert Artist-in-Residency
  11. ^ Academy Awards
  12. ^ The New York Times: Review: In 'Chasing Trane,' Where's the Joy of Sax? By Ben Kenigsberg
  13. ^ The John Coltrane Story. Movie web site
  14. ^ movie website
  15. ^ The Actors Awards
  16. ^ Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, CICFF, winners of the month
  17. ^ Indie Wire. Tribeca Review: 'A Courtship' Is Christian Matchmaking Gone Awry, by Emily Buder
  18. ^ Nobody wanted to produce Sisak, 2 top actors backed out too: India's first silent LGBTQ film director Faraz Arif Ansari. By Mimansa Shekhar
  19. ^ movie website
  20. ^ The Amazing Journey of Phil Volker & Annie O'Neil. How a Stage Four Cancer Patient Realized His Dream in the Face of Adversity. By Robert E Martin
  21. ^ Film Festival web site
  22. ^ movie website
  23. ^ Skwigley Online Animation Magazine. Interview with Rafael Sommerhalder. By Laura Beth Cowley
  24. ^ Boston Globe: On the road to change in Los Angeles, by Peter Keough
  25. ^ El Comercio- Entrevista a Enrica Pérez, director de la película "Climas". Interview by Alessandra Miyagi
  26. ^ Boston Globe: Around the world with the Global Cinema Film Festival, by Peter Keough
  27. ^ Vimeo: El tiempo de los guitarreos/The time of the luthiers
  28. ^ Hostal EDÉN Awards
  29. ^ Bulgarian Film Academy Awards
  30. ^ The Harvard Crimson. Artist Spotlight: Tyler S.Parker, by Hanaa J.Masalmeh
  31. ^ Gabo: The Creation of Garcia Marquez
  32. ^ How Not To Disappear Completely - Interview with writer director Stuart J. Parkins
  33. ^ Boston Globe: The MIT professor's journey
  34. ^ Tashi & The Monk website
  35. ^ vimeo Kresnik:The Lore of Fire
  36. ^ vimeo Bendito Machine
  37. ^ The Boston Globe: Documentary, Elena
  38. ^ The New York Times- 'Elena,' a Documentary About a Brazilian Actress
  39. ^ The New York Times: 'Botso,' Healing Through His Students, by Anita Gates.
  40. ^ The Boston Globe: Documentary, Botso
  41. ^ Critics At Large. Detente: The Iran Job and Zaytoun
  42. ^ ACMI TV segment. Producer Peter Bermudes speaks with Winfred Rembert
  43. ^ Interview with Vivian Ducat at The Hamptons International Film Festival.
  44. ^ We Still Live here. Santa Barbara Independent- Filmmaker interviews-

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