The Arlington Film Festival offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural education by promoting understanding of the many cultures represented in our town and beyond. We are registered in Arlington, Massachusetts as an organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and increasing multicultural awareness and understanding in our town. 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 in common with our culturally diverse neighbors and with all members of the global human family. Local artists are especially encouraged to submit entries

Included in our mission is the commitment to nurture the next generation of talented filmmakers.  The Festival offers a unique opportunity for local high school students to showcase their talent- in film and graphic art.

  AIFF founders Alberto Guzman and April Ranck

AIFF founders Alberto Guzman and April Ranck

J. ALBERTO GUZMAN, Founder & Organizer
Alberto, originally from Colombia, S.A., came to the U. S. in 1985, settled in Chicago and later moved to Boston. He is both an educator and a journalist. He has worked as an educator for 23 years in both the public and private sectors and believes that education is an essential tool for preparing our young people to assume their personal and social responsibilities. Alberto has enjoyed a successful career in journalism, in radio broadcasting as well as owning and operating a newspaper. From a young man Alberto has given of himself through community organizing and his work with human rights organizations. He is pleased to be organizing this Festival for the residents of Arlington and its neighboring communities. Alberto completed his studies at Inpahu University, Bogota, Colombia.

APRIL RANCK GUZMAN, Executive Director
April moved to Cambridge, MA in 1978, graduating from Harvard University with a concentration in philosophy and comparative religious movements. She has worked as a women’s health counselor, taught English as a Second Language and has had a 25 year career in property management. Currently, April is the Business Manager for The Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. For many years, her volunteer work has focused on working with Hospice. She shares a love of film with Alberto and believes that film is an engaging way in which to educate people and improve communications. 

CAROLINA MARLON joins this year’s team as the Submissions Coordinator. Having graduated from Northeastern University in 2013, earning a degree in Communications/Cinema Studies, she recently accepted a position with Spotify in New York City. Carolina has a background in IT and Project Management which makes her a perfect fit for the administration of this year’s film submissions.

Nuria Pellicer joins this year's judges team viewing high school submissions! Nuria was born in Canada and raised in the United Arab Emirates. Currently based in Boston, she is a film production student at Emerson College. Over the last couple of years, Nuria has focused on producing and post-production. Her next film is in the early stages of pre-production with a projected production start date of November.

Nicolas Thilo-McGovern joins this year's judges team viewing high school submissions! Nicolas was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. It was there where he discovered his two passions in life, filmmaking, and politics. Born into a political family, his father a politician and social worker, and his mother a women's rights activist and a leading member of the housing organization, 'A Better Cambridge', Nicolas learned from them the importance of ethical business practice, helping those who cannot help themselves. Using the privilege he was born into, Nicolas attempts to bring these lessons into his films. Starting his film career at 7 years of age, Nicolas made films with his friends on weekends and while attending Cambridge Rindge and Latin he worked at the local television studio. Currently studying at Emerson College, Nicolas is majoring in Visual Media Arts and minoring in Marketing Communications.

SHUYI WANG

Shuyi Wang is documentary filmmaker now living in Arlington. She is originally form Chengdu, China. She received her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College. She’s currently a producer/director of HuaPlus TV Boston, the largest overseas Chinese online video platform, headquartered in New York. Her latest work, “Awaken the Dragon Together”, a short-format documentary about Massachusetts’ first dragon boat team for cancer survivors, featured and screened as a finalist of HUA International Short Film festival at Los Angels, London and Tokyo in 2017. Her previous work has appeared in NBC, New England Center for Investigative Reporting, edX, HKS Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, MIT Digital Learning and CCTV-4.

OUR JUDGES

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) organizers are thrilled to announce the Jury Members for the 6th annual Film Festival scheduled October 27-30 at the Capitol Theatre in East Arlington. Each year, AIFF invites and appoints Jurors who hold sole responsibility for choosing the films that will be screened as well as the films that receive awards. These jurors were chosen for their knowledge, creativity, innovation and experience in the film industry and will be judging over 2500 submissions received from as near as Boston and as far away as Iran.

This year, AIFF invites Kate Bernhardt, Lawrence Benedict, Rick Beyer, Alice Bouvrie, Barbara Costa, Paul Dervis, Elizabeth DiNolfo, John Kusiak, Michael MahinNuno Sá Pessoa, Phil Pritchard, Charles H. Schuerhoff, Cheryl Hamilton, Bernice Schneider, Sophie Seifried, Eric Stange, Marga Varea, Nicolas Thilo-McGovern, Nuria Pellicer, Shuyi Wang, Alice Markowitz, and Yahia Zakaria, and Stephen Angba . Congratulations to the Jurors and we look forward to enjoying their selections with you at the screenings in November!