Arlington...A Cultural Destination

The ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF), now in its 6th year, proudly announces the upcoming annual Festival October 27 - 30 at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington, MA… home of the Festival. 

Executive Director, April Ranck said that AIFF is extremely excited to return to Arlington, especially to the Capitol Theatre for this year’s festival. “Our growth has been exponential, evidenced with the number and quality of film submissions received as well in audience attendance. Last year was a tremendous success at the Kendall Square Cinema. We are delighted to be welcomed home by the Capitol Theatre management and hope to bring along the audience we garnered in Cambridge.”

Collaboration is about process, about bringing the best of what people and organizations have to offer and working together to realize mutual goals. AIFF takes great pride in its collaborations and its commitment to building vibrant partnerships with organizations, businesses, educational, arts and cultural institutions in New England. It is an honor for AIFF to partner with The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for the official KICK-OFF of this year’s Festival featuring a special screening of international shorts. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Friday evening, September 23, 7:30 PM.

For five years AIFF has screened films submitted by Wapikoni Mobile of Quebec, Canada. The Harvard University Native American Program, the Harvard University Canada Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Harvard Art Museum, the Institute for New England Native American Studies at UMASS Boston, together with the Arlington International Film Festival are proposing to host a series of film screenings and panel presentations, course presentations, and networking events with Wapikoni Mobile’s director Manon Barbeau and Wapikoni Mobile’s filmmakers.  Stay tuned for an update on this proposed event.

The mission of AIFF is 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. In keeping with the mission, AIFF has three distinct components, one being the annual poster contest where the winning poster becomes the face of the Festival and the graphic design artist receives a $500 cash prize. After five years of high school student competitions, it was decided to offer this design opportunity to college students. Graphic design students at Mount Ida College were invited exclusively to participate in this year’s Poster Design Contest. Tyler Wood was chosen as the winner of the 2016 AIFF Poster Contest; the press announcement and reception was held on April 21st at the Arlington Center for the Arts.

The second component of AIFF is the high school filmmaker’s competition that was registered this year with UNESCO. After viewing submissions from countries as far away as Russia, Italy and Canada and as close as New York, Arlington, Lynn, Boston and Dorchester, the judges recently released the Best of Festival winner to be Attached At The Soul by William Leon, a 15 year old from Los Angles who wrote and directed this winning short.    

AIFF’s master component is that of the film festival that showcases some of the finest and most creative cinematic works in the world, those of independent filmmakers. We are proud to have showcased films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, participants of the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival in Italy, Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.

The jury is preparing to announce this year’s program. A taste of the films that will be screened this year are Armenia by M.A. Littler, a cinematic interweaving of film, literature and history – a motion picture that deliberately refuses to adhere to the rules of the traditional film genres tracing the Armenian diaspora; Fiddlesticks a comedy by German filmmaker, Veit Helmer that chronicles a group of kindergartener’s that set out to free their grandfather from an old folks home; Home Care, Slavek Horak’s award-winning film set in a southern Moravian village blends drama with gentle humor and chosen as the Czech Republic’s nomination for best foreign Oscar.

As the Festival continues to grow so does our Jury. We would like to introduce two of our distinguished graphic design judges that have joined us this year: Jeannet Leendertse who relocated to Boston from the Netherlands, owner of jldesign and mooizeg providing services to the publishing industry and those who look to publish independently and Ingrid de Aguiar Sanchez, a native of Brazil and Community Arts Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts. Film festival judges that have joined us this year are: Paul Dervis, writer and director of theatre and acclaimed film critic, Lawrence Benedict, actor and film critic, Rick Beyer, professor of film and filmmaker and Sophie Siefried with Epic Pictures Group in LA.

Please join us this year for our KICK-OFF on the Greenway September 23rd and for the Festival at the Capitol Theatre October 27-30 as we explore cultures from around the world. THE ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL… your cultural destination for the best in independent local, national and international films!   


October 27 – 30, 2016 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington MA | 204 Mass Ave |