The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) was founded in 2010, its mission being  “to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers”. AIFF is  a jury festival welcoming submissions of feature length and short films as of January


  Festival Dates: November 7 to 10, 2019 | Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave East Arlington MA

    Submission Deadlines and Fees:

Early: February 28/ Features: USD $35 / Shorts: USD $15

Regular: March 31 / Features: USD $50 / Shorts: USD $30

Late: April 30 / Features: USD $65 / Shorts: USD $45

* NOTE: All entries must be uploaded or postmarked by the respective deadline

Awards: AIFF recognizes film making achievement through the presentation of the following juries awards…

      Best of Festival

      Best Narrative Feature

      Best Documentary Feature

     Best Narrative Short

      Best Documentary Short

      Best Animation Short

      Best Experimental Short


Submission Categories: AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts with a focus on our mission of fostering appreciation for different cultures through independent film.

Feature films: narrative and documentary (46 min or longer)

Short films: narrative, documentary, animation and experimental (45 min or less)Film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to  October 28, 2016

Film must be in original language with English subtitles

Film production must have been completed within the last two years

Submit electronically here

• Complete the Submission Form, upload the film link and make your payment 

Format: AIFF prefers a secure on-line screener or a Vimeo link (the password should be good for 4 months). 

DVD’s are also accepted (Region 1, NTSC or PAL) but submission form must be filled out electronically here and entry fee paid.

Post 2 copies to:
Arlington International Film Festival
ATTN: Submissions
21 Kimball Rd #1
Watertown , MA  02472

SELECTED FILMS: Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by August 1st and will be asked to provide the following materials by August 20, 2019 in order to be included in the festival: Release Form, promotional materials & theater screened.

Theater screening format: The preferred exhibition format for theater screening is D C P with 2 DVD or Blu-ray copies as back-up, Dropbox and We Transfer file   

Shipping: Shipping costs of all materials to the Festival will be paid by the participant. Mark packages clearly with the title of work, the Festival’s address, and the sender’s return address. For international shipping, the customs declaration must read: “Cultural material of no commercial value”. Email to the festival address ( any pertinent shipping or tracking information.

Promotional Materials: Stills and Press Kit will be requested immediately as well as trailers and any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Release: A copy of the release form signed and returned which addresses the following: As soon as AIFF announced the chosen films, AIFF will send the release form

Scheduling: The Festival reserves the right to schedule all films on the date and at the time and location of its choice. All selected works will be screened at least once during the Festival.

 Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Preview Guide, Festival Program Book, Website, Ticketing system and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and AIFF.

 Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

 Liability: AIFF holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival. The Festival assumes responsibility for all exhibition DVDs received by the submission deadline and will ensure their safe storage and projection. In case of loss or damage, the Festival’s obligation will be limited to reimbursement for the cost of making a new DVD. Participation in the Arlington International Film Festival implies acceptance of all the above Festival requirements. In case of disagreement due to considerations not covered in these guidelines, the Festival retains the right to decide its final resolution.