The Art of Filming & The Engine of Change: Inspire – Build & Create a Better Tomorrow

The YOUTH Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is announcing its “Call for Student filmmaker’s Entries”. In keeping with our desire to promote local artists, the organizers of the Festival would like to invite local student film makers to submit their shorts.  Part of AIFF’s mission is to nurture the next generation of filmmakers within our community. We welcome your submissions. 

The Arlington International Film Festival

October 26 - 29, 2017

Film Categories: Shorts - 30 min or less

·         Narrative

·         Documentary

·         Animation

·         Experimental

 Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017

 Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017

 Age Requirement: Students must be under 18 years of age and enrolled in high school

  Submission Fees: Waived for High School filmmakers

 Entry Forms & Release Forms: Forms can be downloaded from our website,

 Mail Forms & DVD’s: AIFF, 350 Mass Ave, #160, Arlington, MA 02474   and/or and/or ( – Vimeo or YouTube Link

We look forward to many interesting and artistic!


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.


THANK YOU so much to ALL! 

As we prepare to enter into the Thanksgiving and Holiday season, the Arlington International Film Festival would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors, judges, volunteers, organizations, partners, high school students, musician, viewers, followers and indie filmmakers around the world that partner with us to produce this annual festival.                

We are grateful to be part of Arlington and the greater Boston community and it is our pleasure to bring cultural, educational and social events to our community. Wishing you all Happy Holidays and...   

We look forward to seeing you in 2017!




William Leon, Director | Narrative | 2015 | California | CA  

William Leon | Attached At The Soul | Winner of Glidecam Camera | H.S Short Best Of Festival | 2016

William Leon | Attached At The Soul | Winner of Glidecam Camera | H.S Short Best Of Festival | 2016


A film about the bond between two kind souls of different backgrounds. It begins when they first met, charts their meaningful journey, and ends with their departure from this world, together. The film promotes friendship, diversity, equal rights, compassion, love and acceptance.  



Marylyss Merida, Director | Doc | 2015 | Lynn | MA

Best Documentary

Marylys Merida

Marylys Merida

A woman opens up about her struggles and how her hard work manifested into her life’s accomplishments. According to AIFF Judge, Michael Mahin, "Todo tiene su tiempo" has been chosen as Best Doc for its simplicity, its technical efficiency, and its pertinent message. “In an age of growing anti-immigrant sentiment, the film acts as an important reminder that these are people, families, human beings who we are discussing. Without pretension or artifice, "Todo tiene su tiempo" explores what it means to make a new home in a new place with those closest to us.”     

 TEACH ME FISH ( 10 min)

Asa Minter, Director | Narrative | 2016 | Arlington | MA 

Best Narrative

A lonely boy obsessed with geology gets more than he asks for when he goes out on one of his daily rock hunts. Kevin Wetmore, AIFF Judge, speaks about the film; “It tells a cohesive visual story and is also very funny and likable. All of the performances work well, especially that of the alien visitor. The sound production, sound editing, and music choices all work wonderfully. The cinematography is also a highlight. All the shots seem carefully composed and there is a consistent style throughout the film. Overall this film is an accomplishment to be proud of, and the filmmakers should not hesitate to create new work.”  


 I DON'T NEED YOU ( 4 min)

Alyssa Peguero, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Lynn | MA

Best Experimental

A girl who grew up without her father writes a letter about her deepest and most sincere feelings about him. "With simple but elegant camerawork and effective voice-over narration, 'I Don't Need U' subtly but powerfully underscores the primordial bond between parent and child - and the pain that can be caused by the absence of this bond," said Michael Mahin.     Director - Alyssa Peguero


A Way Out (3 min)

Ayanna Marte, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Massachusetts

The way dance makes your heart go boom, boom, boom.

Breath (3 min)

Sara Test, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Massachusetts & Group POV Massachusetts

Drowning in the stress of a busy life, a girl remembers the beauty of her experiences to keep herself above water in this visual poem.

Colour (2 min)

Taryn Birkett, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada

Self-portrait of a young woman of mixed race.

Dancing Machine (3 min)

Linwood Giles III, Director | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts

A dancer tells his story through motion against the background of Boston. 

Electric Love (3 min)

Isaac Eliot, Megan Faretta, Micah Richardson, Ethan Crain and Akai Fitzpatrick, Directors | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts

A man has a great relationship with his IPhone. What happens when he gets too close? 

Fruition to Frustration (2 min)

Angaer Arop, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada

Self-exploration of color expressed poetically.

The Great Robbing of Randall Cobb (15 min)

Lorenzo Rugerio, Director | Narrative | 2016 | Massachusetts

Two high schoolers attempt to rob the school teacher's pet when they discover he's selling illegal substances. However, like all great heists, it does not go as planned...

Livin the Lies (11 min)

Annmarie Soba, Director | Narrative | 2015 | Maysles Doc Center NY

An unflinching portrait of a conflicted Jamaican teenager struggling to be true to himself.

Magical (8 min)

Jack Kelly, Liam Mulcahy, Lizzy Embick, Alayna D'Amico, Taryn Osborne, Directors | Narrative | 2015 | Canada

When Will can't seem to get a girlfriend, his fairy godmother decides to help. Sure enough, wacky hijinks follow. But, when push comes to shove, can Will manage to win the heart of Anna while keeping his friendship with his fairy godmother intact?

Park Bench (3 min)

Thaisha Belis, Jack Eliot, Beatrice Jackson, Danajae Jones, Paul Vekiarides and Johnathan Yannis, Directors | Experimental | 2016 | Massachusetts

A man with a special gift finds a piece of himself in one the strangest places.

The Tree of Me (2 min)

Elee Stalker, Director | Experimental | 2015 | Canada

Self-portrait expressed metaphorically.

AIFF is pleased to feature a film from this year’s Harvard College Film Festival that will be screened at the Student Filmmaker’s Program.

The Flag ( 17 min)

Tyler Parker, Director | Doc | 2015 | 

Best Documentary - Best Direction (Documentary) -  Best Editing (Documentary) - Best Sound Editing (Documentary)


In the summer of 2015, a gunman killed nine black parishioners in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, blowing open the doors to conversations of race, rage, and reconciliation across the state. The Flag, made during the director's junior year of undergraduate studies, documents those conversations under the shadow of the Confederate Flag flying high in front of the South Carolina State Capitol Building in Columbia, SC.


The Arlington International Film Festival would like to thank the Judges for jurying this year’s High School Filmmakers Competition. They are Michael Mahin (Writer, Film Critic, and Marketing Coordinator for special events at the Arlington Center for the Arts), Kevin Wetmore (Filmmaker & Youth Coordinator at ACMi), Jonathan Barbato (Production Manager at ACMi), and Naythen Lowe (Editor and creator of the DIYDS).  

On behalf of the Organizers and Judges of AIFF, we congratulate all those who submitted their films this year. The Judges were incredibly impressed with the breadth and diversity of material submitted. Each film combined technical excellence with a strong sense of place and character and each filmmaker should be proud of the film they submitted. We encourage you to keep on making films!

Partners: ACMi, Kumon, Glidecam Industries, Inc, WGBH, CyberLink, CineSend,, MB

October 27-30 | Capitol Theatre | Arlington MA



JORDAN (9 min)
Katie Russel, Director | Raw Art Works | MA |7 min
AIFF Best Of Festival

An intimate view of family life when an autistic teenager returns home for a visit from a residential care facility.

Katie Russel is a student at Raw Art Works: Real to Reel Film School where her passion for film was ignited. She would like to pursue film in the future, both as a potential profession and most definitely as a hobby. She hopes her films will be able to make a difference, as “cliché as that sounds, I really love documentaries. They make you think about important issues, and sometimes they challenge your views or beliefs. I think that’s really important.”

QUEEN (2 min)
Arvonne Patterson, Director | Madison Park Technical Vocational High School | Roxbury, MA USA
Best High School Narrative

A short visual poem addressing female empowerment

Arvonne Patterson was born and raised in Dorchester, MA. She is currently a senior at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, MA. QUEEN was among the finalists in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards Finalist, a global, online competition that encourages youth to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. It’s an extension of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic commitment and its global signature program, Adobe Youth Voices, which aims to ignite creative confidence in youth around the world by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard.


Joshua Tebeau, Director | Poland
Best High School Documentary

“How do you live after surviving the Holocaust?” was the question posed to those that Joshua interviewed.  The film weaves a collection of stories into a single narrative and answers this question in engaging and intimate dialogue.

Joshua Tebeau, originally from Poland is currently a student at Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA. He conceived of this story as an 8th grader upon meeting child survivors of the Holocaust who spoke at his school. This is his first film originally envisioned as an 8 min short and evolved into a 27 minute film after editing numerous interviews and 40 hours of footage.


LUMINOSITY (4.45 min)
Alexia Salingaros, Director | San Antonio, TX USA
Best High School Animation

In a fast-deteriorating world, a lonely hero must join together with an unlikely crew of misfits to uncover the secret needed to save their dying civilization.

Alexia Salingaros is a high school filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas who has developed her passion for creating films since the seventh grade. She has had the honor of screening her films at SXSW, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and most recently was awarded “Best High School Filmmaker" at SAFILM.


INHABITED (1.13 min) 
Alexia Salingaros, Director |San Antonio, TX USA
Best High School Experimental

Sometimes the hardest traps to break free from are the ones we create for ourselves.

Alexia Salingaros is a high school filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas who has developed her passion for creating films since the seventh grade. She has had the honor of screening her films at SXSW, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and most recently was awarded "Best High School Filmmaker" at SAFILM.



THE QUEST FOR US | Youth Breaking Borders | NY, USA | Documentary| 14 min

Directors: Marcia Roy & Pavina Safarova, Abdoul Akanji, Maxner Brisson, Marvin Brunache, Adam Czimer, Charles Canario, Ivanna Vatamanyuk, Elmer Escobar, Nikolett Jakab, Timea Nick, Yara Barbosa, Rojelio Mack & aira Canto.

INVISIBLE PEOPLE | Demas Gunter, Director | TX, USA |Documentary | 3 min

GALATEA |Christine Yee, Director | Press Pass TV | M, USA | Animation | 3 min

V. THE GREAT PERFORMER| Youth Breaking Borders | NY, USA | Documentary | 10 min
Directors: Abdoul Akanji, Charles Canario, Danissa Santos, Eduardo Enciso, Hatim Mohamed, Ivanna Vatamanyuk, Jeremy Franklin, Pierre Louis Junior, Marvin Brunache, Maxner (MB) Brisson   

DEAD ARTIST| Simon Davenport, Director | ICA | MA, USA | Experimental | 5 min

2x4 | Ismael Diallo, Director | ICA | MA, USA |Narrative | 4 min

THE TEST | Liam Sanderson, Director | UK | Narrative | 9 min

MAD WORLD | Fanisleidy Martin, Director| FL, USA |Narrative |9 min

SMALL TOWN DREAMS | Jade Leblanc-Ernest, Director | TX, USA | Documentary | 5 min

PUNCH GIRLS | Georgina Williams, Director | MA, USA | Narrative | 2 min  

ESCAPE VELOCITY | James Tralie, Director | PA, USA | Narrative | 4 min

GARAGE BAND | Ben Crocker, Director | MA, USA | Narrative | 12 min

ADVENTURES OF MALIA | Shubhavi Arya, Director | India |12 min