The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is one of the most exciting festivals in New England, screening a selection of indie award-winning films that entertain, educate, empower, and create a cross-cultural bridge with Boston communities. This year AIFF will screen thirteen U.S.A. premieres from Argentina, France, Iran, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S.A.
The Festival will open on Thursday evening with a Boston Premiere of SKIDROW MARATHON by filmmakers Mark Hayes and Gabi Hayes who will be joining us for panel discussion following the screening. An award-winning documentary film, Skidrow Marathon addresses crime, addiction, and homelessness countered with the power of hope, friendship, and the regaining of dignity. The Boston Director of Back on My Feet will join us for the discussion, bringing relevance of this L.A. story to our own city of Boston. Theresa Okokon will be our MC and Moderator for the evening.
Friday evening, we welcome home filmmaker Sally Rubin who was raised in Newton and now lives and works in CA with her most recent film, hillbilly. Sally will take the stage for a conversation following the screening to tell us about this personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American hillbilly and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype.
We close Friday night with TREBLINKA a hypnotic Portuguese production by filmmaker Sergio Trefaut. In a train crossing through Eastern Europe, the cameras play with the reality of the past to the present.
The Student Filmmaker Program is central to the mission of AIFF, to nurture the next generation of filmmakers. The program screens on Saturday at twelve noon with a reception and talk-back moderated by Emerson College students, Nuria Pellicer, Nicolas Thilo-McGovern, and Shuyi Wang. This year’s films witness students taking stock of the diverse array of social issues and through their intense curiosity about the workings of the world, they find a way to communicate to a wider audience, tackling common global issues.
It is an honor to feature a segment of our program as ’An Homage to Women Filmmakers’ that will screen on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 PM. Films are from Boston, Finland, Ireland, and Israel.
The Australian film, MADHATTAN by filmmaker Carolyn Constantine screens on Saturday at 2:15 PM chronicling a milliner’s journey from the Outback to New York’s Fashion Week. Linking AIFF to the Arlington Business Association, 13Forest Gallery will host a Reception/Exhibit/Gallery Talk with Boston’s own premiere milliner, Marie Galvin, milliner to the rich and famous.
Other selections include Boston filmmaker Julie Mallozzi’s film, CIRCLE UP, the story of a brutal slaying of a teenage boy, with his mother reaching out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness; whereupon, a group of mothers of murdered children organize to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge.
AIFF have a fabulous line-up of international animation shorts to be enjoyed and we close Saturday evening with the screening of the Best Feature Narrative, Die Best E Aller Welten (The Best of All Worlds) by Austrian filmmaker Adrian Goiginer.
The Festival closes on Sunday with the Best Feature Documentary, ALI’S COMEBACK by filmmaker Art Jones. A panel discussion with Art Jones and Boston Attorney Johnathan Shapiro will follow the screening. (Among Atty. Shapiro’s more famous victories was the decision of the United States Supreme Court reversing the conviction of world boxing champion Mahammad Ali in Clay v. United States, 403 U.S.698 (1971). Screenings of the award–winning films will take place November 1 - 4 at the Capitol Theatre in East Arlington. For more information on films and screening times, please visit https://www.AIFFest.org
About the Arlington International Film Festival
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond. The Festival is a means for recognizing that such diversity enriches our community. We 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. It is also our goal, through the annual production of the Festival to promote the history of Arlington and its businesses.
AIFF invites documentary, narrative, animation and experimental shorts and feature film submissions and presents juried awards in each category. Also, featured is a special category of short submissions by high school filmmakers.
The Festival was founded by Alberto Guzman, April Ranck, and Walter Locke in 2010 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of Arlington MA. Now in its 8th year, the Festival has evolved into a destination and a celebration of the arts.
Mission Statement: 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.
For more information, visit aiffest.org or email email@example.com.
The Arlington International Film Festival
November 1 - 4
Capitol Theatre, Arlington
Tax-deductible contributions should be made payable to the Festival's fiscal agent, MIRA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.