Welcome to Arlington International Film Festival




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 The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) was founded in 2010, its mission being “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”. AIFF is a juried festival and welcomes submissions of feature length and short films in all genres.

Submission Form & Guidelines.2015


2015 POSTER CONTEST: Call for Artists’ Submissions

 Create the POSTER that will become the face of the 2015 Arlington International Film Festival!


  • One submission per student
  • Poster artwork must include:
  •  2015 Arlington International Film Festival October 15 – 22
  • Submit electronically as a JPEG file, 8.5 x 11, minimum resolution of  300 d.p.i.
  • Include name, high school, grade, email address, phone number, a brief bio and artist’s statement
  • Submission deadline is mid-night January 18, 2015
  • Email file to 2015PosterContest@gmail.com

NOTE: All design content within the poster must be created by the artist. A poster design with content copied from other artists’ work will be disqualified.



We have very exciting news that we want to share with you.  Three films that were screened with the Arlington International Film Festival in 2014 are among the 134 features nominated in the ‘Documentary Feature’ category for the 87th Academy Awards. They are:
BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbilisi –  ELENA - DOCUMENTED
Many thanks to our esteemed Jury for their deserning eyes and their expertise in the choice of films that we screen.



AIFF Jury Awards

AIFF “Best of Festival” ELENA |Petra Costa, Director | Brazil | 2012 http://elenafilm.com/#trailer

AIFF “Best Documentary” BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbilisi |Tom Walters, Director | USA | 2013


AIFF “Best Narrative” The Forgotten Kingdom |Andrew Mudge, Director | USA | 2013


The Forgotten Kingdom website - http://www.forgottenkingdomthemovie.com/buy-dvd/

AIFF “Best Narrative Short” The Man Who Fed His Shadow |Mario Garefo, Director | Greece | 2012


AIFF “Best Documentary Short”  NOT ANYMORE: A Story of Revolution |Matthew VanDyke, Director | USA | 2013    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_hwm5MSlIQ                                     


AIFF Celebrates its Partnership With

Community Art Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

in Bringing the “Best of Student Films to the AIFF”

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  The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce its partnership with     the Community Art Center in Cambridge, MA. Our collaboration will began in 2015 as we join          together for their 18th Annual National Youth Film Festival, “DO IT YOUR DAMN SELF!”,

March 18 to 21.

Community Art Center founded in 1932, is a neighborhood institution committed to cultivating an engaged community of youth whose powerful artistic voices transform their lives, their neighborhoods and their worlds. The Art Center has established an excellent track record of providing creative and challenging learning opportunities for youth in the context of a family-like environment with intensive social and emotional supports including academic help, mental health and transportation services and up to three full meals a day.

Through its programs, Community Art Center promotes organizational values: “We believe in the power of young people, we believe in the power of artistic expression, we believe in taking care of ourselves and each other and we believe in creating positive change in our neighborhood and beyond.” The Art Center achieves its mission through intensive, year-round activities for a core group of youth ages 5-19 and through youth-led community programming that engages local and national audiences in quality artistic experiences.

The Teen Media Program was founded in 1970 to give teens an opportunity to voice feelings and express themselves to the larger public with media arts as their tool. The program first began by offering basic black-and-white and Polaroid photography, and super-8 filmmaking. The addition of the video production element in 1986 helped establish the “Do It Your Damn Self!” National Youth Video and Film Festival, a nationally recognized festival. TMP offers seven-week units throughout the spring, summer, and fall sessions in video production, photography, and sound, as well as opportunities to participate in the annual DIYDS Festival; Genuine Productions, a youth business venture, collaborate with visiting artists and exhibit work in public spaces.


Media sponsors:

Yourarlington.com – Arlington Advocate – Bay State Banner Newspaper – Art Fuse Magazine – Boston Globe – CBS “El Centro” – Encuentro Latino TV Show – Imagine Magazine.

AIFF & Backstage (magazine and online casting notice community), is trying to build some rapport with indie filmmakers and let them know that Backstage can be a resource to indie filmmakers when they need to cast new projects. backstage.com


Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is an award winning organization with its mission being to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film. In 2013, AIFF was awarded the Alan McClennen Community Arts Award by the Arlington Center for the Arts, the Gold Star Award by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Person of the Year award by the Arlington Avocado Blog. Through the founding of AIFF, the mission has also focused on enriching the community and broadening the view of our world and ourselves. Utilizing the power of collaboration, AIFF has engaged and involved students, volunteers, businesses and town leaders, fellow arts organizations, and of course, filmmakers and directors from around the world. AIFF believes that the arts are here to connect us, to communicate across boundaries, and touch our common humanity.