by donating $25

and enter your name to win

  • One-night stay at HOMEWOOD SUITES by Hilton  

20 feet from Cambridge and near Boston's attractions with complimentary buffet breakfast, complimentary evening social Mon-Thu featuring light dining and non-alcoholic beverages, free covered parking, on three bus lines. 

1 Mass Ave, Arlington


  • $50 gift certificate to Tartufo Ristorante 

an award- winning Italian restaurant featuring authentic, unique, Abruzzese cuisine. 

22 Union Street, Newton Centre

Drawing will take place on

Opening Night, October 26th

Your donation will help with filmmakers transportation costs,  hotel accommodations and awards. 

We appreciate your support!


The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the 2nd conversation in the series, Conversations with Indie Filmmakers, a collaboration with Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMI). Conversations is a bi-monthly series of interviews with Indie Filmmakers, the purpose of this series being to offer insight into the creative world of filmmaking and share the personal journey of a filmmaker in making and producing a film.

These conversations are intended to empower the indie filmmaking community, create a platform for sharing experience and knowledge… the insider’s world of the do’s and don’ts of producing a film about scripting, writing, casting, directing, lighting, etc.

The 2nd conversation will be with the filmmaker, Alice Bouvrie, film editor, Bernice Schneider moderated by Alison Cupples of High Output Boston.

Alice Bouvrie has over 25 years of film and documentary experience. She earned a Master's Degree in Film Production from Boston University and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. In 2005 Bouvrie was selected to participate in the Filmmaker-In-Residence Lab at WGBH for the 2005-06 year.  She is an active member of the Director's Guild of America, and an active member and former board member of Women in Film & Video/New England. As a graduate of the DGA Producer's Training Program out of New York, (DGA Trainee) she worked as an Assistant Director on feature films, TV series and specials, commercials and industrials.  Alice began producing documentaries as an independent 1993 and has completed four feature-length, award-winning films that have screened at festivals, in theaters, museums, and Universities around the country. Her first film co-produced with Teresa Metcalf, Living Under the Cloud: Chernobyl Today exposes the health and environmental effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  Iditarod...A Far Distant Place follows three mushers racing against time and the elements in the long-distance Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.  Her award-winning film, Prison Pups explores prison reform through a dog program where inmates raise and train puppies to be service dogs. Thy Will Be Done: A transsexual woman’s journey through family and faithprofiles Sara Herwig, a Male-to-Female transsexual who is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian church and is currently being distributed through New Day Films, a distribution cooperative.  A Chance To Dress was recently completed in March 2015 and is currently part of the New Day Films collection. Other films produced include two short works for the educational market, Am I Home Yet?, 5 Au Pairs in Boston, and William Wyman Artist Potter.

Bernice Schneider is an award-winning documentary film editor. She received her Masters 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 Experience, Frontline, Nova 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 2016. Most 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 Charlayne 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.


Alison Cupples began her study of photography in high school and from there went on to Emerson College to develop her skills in Photography and Film. She graduated from Emerson College in 2003 and began to freelance. While freelancing, she broadened her skills in all areas of filmmaking as she was producing, shooting, and assisting in the editing process in addition to liaising with clients and developing projects of her own. Looking for a bit more stability, Alison joined the High Output team as an account executive in 2008 and has invested a lot of time researching lighting and lighting technology. She is thrilled to play a part in many of the productions that come through the area and to have relationships with filmmakers from all parts of our local community. Alison is also involved with the Jamaica Plain Arts Council as a board member which most prominently organizes Jamaica Plain Open Studios among other events and educational efforts that take place in the Jamaica Plain community throughout the year. Alison looks forward to a long career continuing with work in the local arts communities and using art and media as an integral part of social justice and change.


High Output Inc. is a premier supplier of production services and equipment for film, television, theater, and events, with offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, and South Carolina. Founded in 1986 with an emphasis on state-of-the-art technology and superior customer service, High Output supports feature film, television, theater, live music, political events, corporate meetings, fundraisers, parties, and much more. The firm also designs and installs technologically advanced permanent lighting, AV, and rigging systems in venues of all kinds, and operates five sound stages for film and television production. For more information, please visit www.highoutput.com.

Filmmaking is more than just rolling a camera and capturing a subject. It embraces many aspects of the arts and can include music, dance, theater, staging/carpentry, storytelling/poetry, the fine arts, photography, drawing/animation and puppetry. Our goal with Conversations is to engage the arts across all spectrums. We hope you tune in to this program, whether you are a seasoned filmmaker, an aspiring filmmaker or an appreciative audience of a creative film!

The Arlington International Film Festival | October 26 - 29, 2017

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | East Arlington, MA

 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 within our community.

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 brendynschneider.com


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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