Come Celebrate the 7th Edition of the AIFF Poster Contest

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) kicks off the season with its seventh annual Poster Competition; the Press Announcement and Reception will be held on Friday, April 28th, 7:00 PM at the Old Schwamb Mill Museum, 14 Mill Lane in Arlington.

This year the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class of 17 students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The Reception will host an exhibition of all poster submissions, live music, storytelling, poetry reading, a special guest speaker and the unveiling of the winning poster for AIFF 2017

It cannot be denied that the arts are an essential component of a vibrant community. AIFF is pleased to be a piece of the cultural arts fabric, contributing to the development of a strong civic profile and defining a unique identity for Arlington. More than a film festival, AIFF is a celebration of the arts! With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the Poster Contest Competition was the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts. Promoting the next generation of designers was in keeping with the vision and mission of the festival and continues to be a celebratory event.

Old Schwamb Mill Museum

For those interested in industrial history, woodworking, mechanics -- or simply the ambiance of an ancient, working manufactory in its original historic setting -- The Old Schwamb Mill located in Arlington will host the AIFF Poster Contest Reception… a remarkable piece of history in our backyard!

The Mill, one of Arlington's hidden historic gems, is an 1864 picture frame factory and living history museum. It is the country's only manufacturer of hand-turned museum quality oval frames.


Professional story spinner, published writer, performance instructor, and TedX Coach, Brendyn Schneider has been a featured storyteller at Emerson College, Coolidge Corner Theater, Improv Boston and other fine venues across New England.  Making frequent appearances with Mass Mouth and the Moth, Brendyn takes his audiences on story-trips of wit through the follies of growing-up and the everyday slog. His Intro to Storytelling class starts Wednesday night, May 3, at Arlington Community Education. For sign up and details, please venture to


Carl Romeo, originally from Chile moved to San Francisco, CA in 1978. In 1979 he joined the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood, CA, now the Musicians Institute. GIT, founded in 1977 revolutionized contemporary music education with the first full-time program to offer hands-on professional training for the electric guitarist. Romeo was hired in 1982 by a Latin promoter that managed famous Latin singers among them Armando Manzanero and Paloma San Basilio. Working as a backup guitar player for the orchestra he also worked in New York City as a lead electric guitar player and rhythm guitar player for big bands and groups as well as a session studio musician.

In 1988 Romeo moved to Boston continuing to work with bands and recording for different groups. In 2003 he began working as a solo singer/guitar player; hired in 2006 by Cultural Constructions Curators Michael McLaughlin and Dennis Warren to experiment with jazz, bluegrass, classical and Latin music. Romeo continues to work as a free-lance musician.

Poetry Reading

Shirley Gerald Ware is the author of eight books and the publisher of a worldwide magazine that publish teens and adults locally and worldwide. She is widely known for her engaging poems and short stories. Many of her poems were nominated for awards. She was recently named Author of the Month by “Eye on Magazine.”

Her novel “On the Run” is offered by booksellers around the world, and is available in languages, China, Germany, India, Taiwan, Malaysia and others. The author studied English Writing at Northeastern University and Psychology at University of Massachusetts. She gives credit to her mom for the ability to craft entertaining and engaging stories. Her dad is credited for her ability to never give in to criticism.

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