Film Shorts Screening in Malden


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Join us for evening of Art + Film + Conversation

You are Invited to 

Art Exhibit + Film + Conversation 

Undocumentary (11 min)

Karla Cortes | Somerville MA | Doc | SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM | WORLD PREMIERE

A discussion on endangered DACA and TPS programs and how the lives of many undocumented people now hang in the balance.

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Ebi Sushi (6 min)

Karla Cortes | Somerville MA |Doc | SCATV YOUTH PROGRAM

A Latino restaurateur’s challenges of being recognized as a major player in the sushi world.

AWARDS: A-Town Teen Video Contest, Arlington MA | AIFF Microsoft Award

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Back of the House (11 min) 

Lia Kornmehl | Doc | Winsor School Boston

Back of the House is a short documentary film about the vital and undervalued role immigrants play in the restaurant industry. The film explores the strength of five Hispanic immigrants and tells their stories coming to and working in the United States. In addition to the personal narratives, three leaders in immigration law and policy: Susan Church, Vincent Rougeau, and Brian Lang bring a unique perspective on how immigration has affected them.

Arlington Center for the Arts

Thursday, January 17th, 6:00 pm 

20 Academy St, Arlington, MA 02474

Phone: (781) 648-6220

9th Annual AIFF Poster Contest

9th Annual AIFF Poster Contest 

New Creative Challenges on the Poster Contest

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The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is delighted to open submissions for the Poster Prize for Illustration 2019, in partnership with Mass College of Art (LTM). The competition aimed at attracting artwork for display that is colorful, inspiring and celebrates the vibrant, multicultural-layered of New England. The best poster design will be awarded $500 USD and feature of the winning image on an International Bulletin Boards, Local and National Film Festivals

May 10th | Award - Reception

Arlington Center for the Arts

20 Academy Street | Second Floor

Join Us for the Screening of the Art Collector 

AIFF is please to announce for the first time to screen ONE of the best films of 2018 the high school students program

The Art Collector (6 min) 

Saoirse Loftus-Reid | Lexington MA | Doc

A mysterious woman uses her ability to live in paintings to influence artists for her art collection.

AWARDS: The Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, Lexington MA; MA Regional Silver Key Award; A-Town Teen Video Contest, Arlington MA

Saturday, Dec 29th, 12:00 pm

Lexington Venue

1794 Mass Ave in Lexington

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2018 AIFF Partners

Arlington Community Media, Inc

The A-Town Teen Video Festival is the Arlington area's only homegrown festival for youth filmmakers. Last year's contestants came from Arlington, Lexington, Cambridge, and Lowell, and we expect even broader participation this year. Come experience the breadth and variety of creative imagination on display from our area youth!

In addition to a $500 prize for Best Overall, cash prizes will also be awarded in the categories of Best Actor and Actress, Best Writing, Best Production Value, and Crowd Favorite.


Arlington Friends of the Drama

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Arlington Friends of the Drama, now known as AFD Theatre, was founded in 1923 and is one of the ten oldest continually operating community theater groups in the United States. Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the early 1930s, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Inc. outbid the Odd Fellows and came in with the highest bid for the St. John's Episcopal Church building, now our theatre.

With pride, we can say that AFD Theatre is among the finest community theaters in Massachusetts for actors, directors, production designers, and audiences to produce and enjoy live theater.

We design and produce a season of four shows every year, usually including comedy, drama, and two musicals.


Asian Cultural Center in Cambridge MA 

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Established in 1999, the Asian Cultural Center, an affiliated member of the Asian Culture & Media Group is a cultural exchange and communication organization committed to presenting and spreading the traditional Chinese culture, promoting the popularization of the Chinese language and facilitating cultural exchange between China and the United States. ACC is headquartered in Manhattan, New York and has offices in Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago. Since its establishment, ACC has successfully held cultural and educational exchange programs such as performances, exhibitions, lectures, academic forums and summer camps across Eastern and Central United States with the joint participation of renowned experts, scholars, and artists from China and local arts and cultural organizations. 


Cambridge Typewriter Co


Cambridge Typewriter Co., Inc. has been in business since 1973 and is located at 102 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA 02474. The owner, Tom Furrier, has been a typewriter repairman for 38 years and specializes in sales and repairs of all typewriters. Over the last fifteen years, we have seen a strong resurgence in typewriters, especially with younger people showing an interest in older vintage manual typewriters. We still repair lots of office typewriters for the many companies that still use typewriters in the metro Boston area. Because we are one of the last typewriter shops left in New England, people from all over the Northeast travel to our shop looking for that perfect vintage typewriter that will help inspire them to write stories, poetry, music, journaling or anything else they can think of.


Boston Irish Film Festival

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East Somerville Main Streets

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East Somerville Main Streets' mission is to improve the life of our community by building investment, connection, and pride in our main street.  Join us today, become a supporter!


Fugitive Production in Acton


“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” — Madeleine L’Engle

We are hard-wired, perhaps at a genetic level, to tell and listen to stories. Stories pass a legacy between generations and are a way in which we form relationships in the here and now. While storytelling is entertainment, it is so much more. It is an art form as old as humanity. It is the primary way that we relate to each other to create kinship and community. Storytelling is a way in which we give a bit of ourselves to others and a way in which we feel less alone. Humanity's earliest stories were about survival, hope, loss, love, and courage. Today’s stories echo the same themes.


Fugitive Stories presents “Moth-inspired True Stories Told life“ — non-competitive storytelling events in Acton, Arlington, and Framingham. Fugitive Stories was founded by producer David Gerratt and storyteller Rose Saia to bring the craft of true stories told live to suburban audiences. In each location, we bring featured storytellers to tell a true tale alongside people just like you who may never have told a story on a stage but are inspired by one of our themes. Fugitive Stories featured tellers captivate our audiences — they are some of the best in the country. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a short story on our theme to drop their name in our hat — we pull a name or two after intermission.  Each night is unique and they never fail to entertain.


Mosesian Center for the Arts


Located in just six miles from Downtown Boston, The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts) is a vibrant multi-disciplinary community arts venue located in Watertown, Massachusetts. This 30,000 sq. ft. former US Army arsenal is home to the 380-seat Main Stage Theater, a 100-seat Black Box theater, Exhibition Galleries, 2 Rehearsal Halls, Education Classrooms, and Resident Artist Studios. Offerings include visual and performing arts productions, classes, and workshops for all ages, literary/art discussions, and world-class theatrical and musical performances. The Center is home to the award-winning Watertown Children’s Theatre as well as New Repertory Theatre, Professional Theatre Company in residence. 

The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts is to open doors to excite and inspire diverse audiences and artists to create, appreciate, participate and grow through the arts.


Morningside Music Studio

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The mission of the Arlington Jazz Festival is to raise awareness and appreciation of jazz through the confluence of top performers, local rising ensembles, and student groups while fostering a sense of community and helping to make Arlington and surrounding towns a cultural destination.


Robbins Library, Arlington

  • Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network works to ensure a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ youth by providing programming, coordinating with community agencies and advocating in schools.
  • SCATV - Somerville     



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Planning a vacation is often frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Why can’t there be a site that helps you find the “fun” in locations near and far? Even better, the “fun” should be tailored to your specific interests. License to Drift® is designed to help our Drifters plan vacation and leisure experiences that will last a lifetime.




Established in July 2016, HUAPLUS is the largest overseas Chinese online video platform. It showcases fascinating culture and lives of overseas Chinese, covering a user network of 1.5 billion users. HUAPLUS has released over 200 videos, with an average of 300,000 views per video, and an overall views of 30 million, it is the most influential overseas Chinese online video platform. Headquartered in New York, HUAPLUS has production teams in 12 countries and 22 regions including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Italy. In 2017, HUAPLUS established the HUA International Short Film Festival (HISFF), it is the first and only international short film festival for filmmakers of Chinese descent. HISFF aims to showcase and support short film productions about the global Chinese community. It plays a vital role in identifying emerging overseas Chinese filmmakers and connecting them with audiences worldwide. Through short film productions, HISFF is dedicated to promoting Chinese cultures around the globe.


ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston

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Join us for the 7th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston March 21-29, 2018! Films, special events, and guest speakers. Screenings of Sanctuary, Unrest, Keep the Change, Off the Rails, and more. ReelAbilities strives for inclusion of all people and is dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities from a variety of communities.

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AIFF Welcomes New Colleagues to the team

Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) honored to announce the addition of several new colleagues joining the team for the 2018Festival

We welcome Nicolle Renick and her creativity as the festival’s Graphic Designer. Nicolle is a native of Iowa, Nicolle grew up visiting family in Boston and Connecticut and made New England her home in 1998. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Graphic Design. Since then she has won two Creative Excellence Awards and was a finalist in a contest to design a Facebook cover photo for the artist P!nk. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Suffolk University and a high school Basketball and Track Coach. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and enjoys traveling.


Erica Licea-Kane

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Erica Licea-Kane has been a working artist since the early 1980’s and a college studio art instructor for over 30 years.  She received her BFA at the Parsons School of Design, NY, and her MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art, MA, earning both degrees in the field of fine art textiles.  Licea-Kane has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad and she is currently a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston’s South End.  Recent exhibitions of Licea-Kane’s work include Site: Brooklyn, NYC, NY, Able Baker contemporary, Portland, ME, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA and the Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA.  She has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships including the A.R.T Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and a Regional Fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts of the National Endowment of the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in several publications with recent coverage in the Portland Phoenix, the “Take” section in the Boston Globe, The Portland Press Herald and Take Magazine as well as past reviews in the Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Herald, Surface Design Journal and several of the Lark Publications Fiberarts Design series of books.  Licea-Kane currently teaches studio courses at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where she is an Associate Professor and the Director/Curator of the Towne Art Gallery. 

Phil Pritchard


Born in Epsom, Surrey in England, Phil graduated from Mountview Theatre School in London. He appeared in the title role in the film 'A Kitten For Hitler' (2007) directed by the legendary British Film director Ken Russell and in 'The Scouting Book for Boys' (2009) directed by Tom Harper (Woman in Black: Angel of Death) starring Thomas Turgoose & Holiday Grainger. On stage, he appeared in the West End production of 'A Little Night Music' directed by Trevor Nunn at The Garrick Theatre and as Henry Higgins in 'My Fair Lady' at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. After UK national tours of 'Lark Rise to Candleford' and 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' (York Theatre Royal) he was cast in the International Tour of Beatles Biopic 'Backbeat' (2013) written by Ian Softley (Trap for Cinderella) and Stephen Jeffries (The Libertine, Diana) and directed by 5-time Tony Nominee David Leveaux. Produced by Karl Sydow and Paul Elliot the West End show toured to Toronto & Los Angeles. In the USA he appeared as Detective Raymond Davis in the TV Series 'Tabloid' (2014) narrated by Jerry Springer and the film 'Tattooed Love' (2015) with Edy Ganem (Devious Maids) Laura Flannery (American Horror Story), Marlon Moreno (El Capo).

Kate Bernhard


Accomplished, innovative and creative marketing and communications professional with deep experience in content creation and management, marketing innovation, brand strategy, broadcast and Internet media, marketing campaigns, client and stakeholder management, event planning, team management and development, and translating industry best practices to build brands and drive business success.  The consensus-building leader with an energetic work style, strategic as well as tactical.  A unique ability to successfully blend industry knowledge with management and content expertise



Nuno de Sá Pessoa Costa Sequeira was born on May 7, 1987, in Lisbon, Portugal,

Nuno began his studies at Universidade Moderna Lisboa enrolling in the Cinema and Television course, determined to expand his horizons he went to Denmark where he graduated from The European Film College, upon graduation he went back to Portugal, where he directed his first independent work. Two feature-length documentaries followed, in which he did both cinematography and editing, the latest took him for more than once to California where he edited a total of three feature-length documentaries directed by Kenneth Payton.

It was also in California that he did the cinematography for a documentary series, a project which got him to know the state as few have a chance to. He eventually invited his former colleagues Kris Skovmand and Samuel Anderson to move to Portugal from their native countries, Denmark and USA respectively and together founded Skookum Films.

Bernice Schneider


Bernice Schneider is an award-winning documentary film editor. She received her Master of Science in Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab under the direction of Richard Leacock. Bernice has edited numerous films for PBS’s American ExperienceFrontlineNova Science Unit, American Masters, and Independent Lens. She edited the feature-length independent documentary film, Rebel, about the politics of national memory as viewed through the lens of the secret life of a Latina confederate soldier. Another feature, Angkor’s Children, focuses on a grassroots movement to reinvigorate the arts in post-genocide Cambodia. Angkor’s Children has screened nationally and internationally, including within Cambodia at the Bophana Film Center. She edited Alice Bouvrie’s film A Chance to Dress, winner of the Arlington International Film Festival’s Best Short 2015. She also completed A Perfect Crime: the Leopold and Loeb Story for American Experience in 2016Most recently, she completed editing Laurel Chiten’s documentary, Just One Drop which premiered in London in 2017. Her films have screened at prestigious museums, both nationally and internationally. Bernice also worked in the field with national correspondent Charlene Hunter-Gault for PBS’s NewsHour in Kenya, South Africa, Haiti, and Somalia, where she edited stories on a political and cultural change in the developing world.

She has received honors and awards for her work including a Wallis Annenberg scholarship for women filmmakers, a CINE Golden Eagle, the Biographical Video Award, and an N.E.A. Regional Fellowship. Bernice also teaches editing at Emerson College.

Yahia Zakaria

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Yahia Zakaria is a Film / TV Producer and Project Manager. Have a bachelor’s degree in Cinema directing from the Art Academy in Egypt. In all the companies had worked it for, he was dealing and reporting to the owners directly and working step by step with them from scratch till we deliver the projects. Yahia, has more than ten years’ experience as a filmmaker and supervised production and post-production for Feature films, documentary, TV commercials, TV shows, short film and TV reality Shows and Video Clips.
He last job was Head of Production at Era Media (Digital Agency) in Kuwait and established and supervised Era Media Cairo office were currently is freelancer looking for new challenges.

Cheryl Hamilton 

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Cheryl Hamilton has devoted her career to advancing immigrant integration, and more recently storytelling. A resident of Medford, she serves as Director of Partner Engagement at the International Institute of New England where she created and curates the popular "Suitcase Stories" series honoring refugees and immigrants. She is also the co-coordinator for Mass mouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. 

Cheryl Hamilton joined the International Institute of New England in 2015 as the Director of Partner Engagement. Since graduating from Clark University, Cheryl has devoted her career to advancing refugee protection and immigrant integration, and more recently communications and storytelling. Prior to joining IINE, she served as Associate Director for External Relations at RefugePoint, National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks (now Higher Advantage), and Director of the New Migration Project at the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Maine. She documented this experience in her one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors. A relentless storyteller, Cheryl routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including on The Moth MainStage, Soundbites, The Corner, and with Massmouth. In 2015, Cheryl became a co-coordinator for Massmouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. In her role, Cheryl is responsible for curating the national television show 'Stories from the Stage' in partnership with WGBH and World Channel. She also created and curated the popular 'Suitcase Stories' series honoring refugees and immigrants

Alice Markowitz

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Alice is currently consulting in communications, visual storytelling,  and social marketing for mission-driven companies and non-profit organizations. A three-time Emmy Award winner, Alice’s career began in broadcast journalism--producing, directing and writing PBS documentaries for national broadcast on multiple series including NOVA, Blackside's This Far by Faith, and Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.. Alice earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar and a Masters in Education from Harvard before becoming a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar in Asia. 

The AIFF Organizers are extremely proud to be working with such a professional team that is dedicated to our mission of offering a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond, recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We all believe that our annual international film festival highlights core values and aspirations we share with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family.

The Arlington International Film Festival

November 1 – 4, 2018

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East

Arlington MA 


2018 AIFF Partners & Upcoming Eventa

  • January 30th, screening SUITED, HBO, Medford Film Collaborative, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Robbins Library | LGBT + YOUTH Community
  • Thursday, March 22nd, 7 pm, Regent Theatre, A TOWN TEEN VIDEO CONTEST
  • March 22nd to 25, Boston Irish Film Festival | Somerville Theatre | Davis Square
  • April 4th, Somerville Access TV, Somerville Public Library Screening SUITED 
  • April 12, Acton | Fugitive Production | Screening Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive by Eric Stange
  • April 26-29 | Arlington JAZZ Festival | 
  • April 27th, Awards Reception | 2018 Poster Contest Winner | Arlington friend of the Drama, 6:30 pm
  • June 1st, Mesosian Center for the Arts, Watertown | Make Me Dance by Tatyana Bronstein 
  • Under The Stars: Movies in The CHUCKIE PARK | East Somerville.
  • It is a free outdoor summer screening series hosted by East Somerville Main StreetsSCATV, and the Arlington International Film Festival the last Friday in July, August and September.
  • Dates and films
  • July 27, East Somerville Main Streets | Chuckie Harris Park | AIFF Film Program
  • August 31st, East Somerville Main Streets | Chuckie Harris Park | AIFF Film Program
  • September 28, East Somerville Main Streets | Chuckie Harris Park | AIFF Film Program
  • Boston Irish Film Festival
  • 2018 Boston Palestine Film Festival Partner
  • 2018 Boston Latino International Film Festival
  • 2018 Boston Jewish Film Festival
  •  2018 FILM FESTIVAL PARTNER: Established 1995 with 175 000 subscribers, has been serving and documenting relentless the fest community; offering 85.000 articles of news, free blog profiles, and functions to enable festival matchmaking with filmmakers.

8th AIFF Poster Contest Awards: Promoting - Global & Artist Design

The Poster Competition aims at promoting cultural, global, and artistic competition among students from Mass College of Art & Design's Illustration Department. It is a unique opportunity to brings students from different social backgrounds to compete for the 8th annual AIFF Award.

Sarah Medeiros | 2017 Submission | Mass College of Arts

Sarah Medeiros | 2017 Submission | Mass College of Arts

- A reception will be held on Friday, April 26th at the Arlington Friends of the Drama whereupon Arlington International Film Festival's (AIFF) organizers will celebrate the 8th annual Poster Competition. AIFF is more than a film festival …it is a celebration of the arts as this special evening promises. The reception will celebrate several art forms from an exhibition of all poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance, and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. We will also host a discussion with Adria Arch, the Co-Chair of the Commission for Arts & Culture in Arlington on the challenges of promoting the arts in 2018. The evening will conclude with the winning poster being unveiled and the artist awarded a cash prize of $500.

The reception will kick-off this year’s international film festival, scheduled to be held

November 1 – 4, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre.

With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts was the Poster Contest. This is the second year that the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art & Design. It has been a successful partnership where junior and senior level students have had the opportunity to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them in launching their careers. 

Professor Robert Maloney is a Massachusetts native with a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our man-made, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory. His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media, Art Revolution and Artscope Magazine. Maloney’s work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual and private collections with his exhibitions, commissions and publications being numerous.

We will celebrate Music, Dance, Storytelling and Poetry with the following professionals:

MUSIC - The N&P Colombian Duo is string harpist Nicolas Castaneda Lozano and violinist Pilar Zorro Pilar Zorro, both native Colombians. They set out to translate Colombian traditional music through nontraditional instrumentation, violin, and Colombian harp. With the use of contemporary instrumental techniques for these instruments, their goal is to expose Colombian music in a new and exciting way and share it worldwide.

Nicolas Castaneda Lozano

Nicolas Castaneda Lozano

Nicolas Castañeda Lozano is an outstanding llanera harp performer from Colombia who has received numerous awards as a solo harpist and composer. He currently resides in Boston after coming to the city to attend Berklee where he majored in jazz composition. His music is based on the creation of new sounds, mixing Colombian traditional rhythms with contemporary music styles as heard on his album " HYPERLINK "" HYPERLINK ""

Pilar Zorro

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Pilar Zorro is a classically trained violinist from Bogotá, Colombia. She came to Boston to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory where she explored many styles of music. In 2015, Pilar was one of five violinists who participated in a Journeys in Sound 2016 violin workshop called "Bow & Strings; The World of Violin" which featured fellow violinists from Jordan, South Africa, and the US. In 2015 she put together Kontra Quartet, noted as diverse and musically intoxicating. In addition to performing, Pilar is a music educator; she has been part of many Orchestra Programs such as the Boston Latin School, where the importance of guiding youth to create art through music is one of her main goals.

DANCE - Siwen Dance Group presents "Dream" featuring artists Siwen Jiang,  Yidan Chang, Siyuan Yin, Yifan Wu, Yutong Wei, Xinlu Zhang, Wenjing Ding, and Siyu.

Siwen Jiang

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Siwen Jiang is an international artist, choreographer and dance teacher. Her choreography is enriched and inspired by different cultural environments and dance materials. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Tianjin Normal University and continued her study in the Master of Fine Arts program at the College at Brockport: The State University of New York.

In 2009 she joined the International Dance Competition as a guest artist, her choreography “Peacock” and modern dance “Untitled” separately received the first champion of dance performance award and second champion of choreography award. In 2013, her choreography, titled “Shall We Talk”, was performed on the New York stage and received many positive responses from the audiences. In 2014, she worked as an organizer, teaching assistant, and translator in American Dance Festival in China. She also organized a project for the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic relations and participated in its final performance in New York City. In 2005, her choreography “Sacrifice for Paradise” was selected by Brockport Alumni Dance Showcase, and was performed at the Dixon Theater Place in Manhattan. This performance was reviewed by China Press and the English Channel of Sino TV.

POETRY - Cathie Desjardins

Cathie Desjardins

Cathie Desjardins

Cathie Desjardins is a lifelong educator who has taught writing and reading to all ages from kindergarten through grad school. She is the author of a book of poems, With Child, and is working on her second book, The Muse in the Garden. She is currently Poet Laureate of Arlington MA.

STORYTELLING - Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton

Cheryl Hamilton, a resident of Medford, serves as Director of Partner Engagement at the International Institute of New England. In 2015, Cheryl became a co-coordinator for Massmouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. In her role, Cheryl is responsible for curating the national television show 'Stories from the Stage' in partnership with WGBH and World Channel. She also created and curated the popular 'Suitcase Stories' series honoring refugees and immigrants.

Since graduating from Clark University, Cheryl has devoted her career to advancing refugee protection and immigrant integration, and more recently communications and storytelling. Prior to joining IINE, she served as Associate Director for External Relations at RefugePoint, National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks (now Higher Advantage), and Director of the New Migration Project at the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Maine. She documented this experience in her one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors. A relentless storyteller, Cheryl routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including on The Moth MainStage, Soundbites, The Corner, and with Massmouth. #AIFFWINNER2018

2018 AIFF Relationships & Partnerships

We, at the Arlington International Film Festival, are extremely proud of our relationships and partnerships with these amazing organizations: Robbins Library, Arlington Community Media, Inc, Arlington Friend of the Drama, Somerville Access TV, Somerville Public Library, Medford Films Collaborative, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Mystic LGTBQ + Youth Support Network,  Fugitive Productions in Acton, Boston Jewish Film Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival, Palestine Film Festival and Boston Latino International Film Festival.  We also partner throughout the year with organizations and film events which gathers with indie filmmakers and movie lovers…

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ACMi: Leader in Multimedia Community Access TV

ACMi: Leader in Multimedia Community Access TV  - Sponsor of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program



The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce Arlington Community Media, Inc.’s (ACMi) seventh year of sponsorship. With their support, AIFF features a 2-hour juried program, screening local, national and international high school filmmaker’s shorts followed by a discussion and reception.

It can be said that AIFF was born in the conference room at ACMi. It was the scene of many initial discussions - strategic planning, film screenings, poster contest judging, and receptions. As AIFF has grown in breadth and scope, ACMi has also grown professionally, expanding its offerings of workshops and programming. It is with great pride that we commend ACMi on receiving two awards this year from The Alliance for Community Media, a national organization that sponsors the Hometown Video Awards which this year received more than a thousand nominations from all over the country. Both original productions, the winners are Recycle Right, recipient of the Government Activities Award and A. Book’s Review, recipient of the Mixed and Transmedia Award.

About ACMi

Arlington Community Media is dedicated to providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas which reflect the talents, skills, interests, concerns, and diversity of the Arlington community. It is a place to learn new skills through numerous workshops and events, connect with others through meet-ups and youth groups, join a crew, and make your own TV show!

KUMON: Leader in Academic Achievement

KUMON: Leader in Academic Achievement – Sponsor of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program


The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce the leading after school program in reading and math, KUMON as the sponsor of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program.

About Kumon

KUMON is the World’s Largest after School Learning Program in Arlington and 47 locations around the world.  Kumon began with a parent’s love. Determined to help his eight-year-old son, a math teacher named Toru Kumon developed the materials and guiding principles of the Kumon Method. Today, Kumon is helping millions of children succeed in the classroom and in life. Their goal is to empower children to become self-learners, helping students achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Through ongoing enrichment programs, KUMON helps students demonstrate true understanding and proficiency in math by learning how to do mental calculations quickly and accurately, without relying on a calculator, complete homework, tests and exams more quickly and with less stress, and to build a rich vocabulary and strong grammar skills-including punctuation, spelling and correct sentence structure.

Malden Media TV Center More than a Collaborative Partner

MALDEN MEDIA TV CENTER more than a Collaborative Partner – Sponsor of the 2017 Student Filmmaker Awards Program

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The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce, Malden Media Center (MATV), sponsor the 2017 Student Filmmaker Awards Program.

About Malden Media TV Center

MATV is a nonprofit membership-based corporation that was established for the management and operation of the Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Access channels in Malden, MA.  Established in 1988, their mission is to connect community, promote civic engagement, and nurture arts and culture in the City of Malden.

MATV is not just about what you see on their channels. They are a vibrant community center, a gathering place for people of all ages and backgrounds to meet, to learn, and to work together -  to make media! You can participate by volunteering, being a guest on a show, taking workshops in media production, producing your own program, taking part in an art exhibit in the MATV Gallery or helping on a community project.

Media Partners and Sponsors AIFF Student AwardS Program | Media Partners and Sponsors of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce that,, and has signed-on to sponsor the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program. _logo_300dpi (1).jpg has delivered the freshest news and the sharpest opinions about the town since 2006. Managed by veteran journalist and longtime resident Bob Sprague, the web presence is the only Arlington-based 24/7 media site. Since the inception of AIFF in 2010, has been a strong supporter as well as an advocate.  

Today we are proud to have their sponsorship along with a newly formed digital media block.  

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See Masterpiece of a resignation letter the president's Arts Committee sent to..

Dear Mr. President:

Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville. The false equivalences you push cannot stand. The Administrations refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions. We are members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). The Committee was created in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues. We were hopeful that continuing to serve in the PCAH would allow us to focus on the important work the committee does with your federal partners and the private sector to address, initiate, and support key policies and programs in the arts and humanities for all Americans. Effective immediately, please accept our resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.   

Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American. We have fought slavery, segregation, and internment. We must learn from our rich and painful history. The unified fabric of America is made by patriotic individuals from backgrounds as vast as the nation is strong. In our service to the American people, we have experienced this first-hand as we traveled and build the Turnaround Arts education program, now in many urban and rural schools across the country from Florida to Wisconsin.

Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Action, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and cultural delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed. 

Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. 

Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too. 

Thank you,