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.
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.
Amanda is a film festival gypsy specializing in guest services and venue management. She is also passionate about marketing and programming. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film with a minor in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida. She is a native of Mansfield, MA where she currently resides.
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, Christopher LeGare, Michael Mahin, Bob Nesson, Nuno Sá Pessoa, Phil Pritchard, Charles H. Schuerhoff, Bernice Schneider, Sophie Seifried, Eric Stange, Marga Varea, and Yahia Zakaria, and . Congratulations to the Jurors and we look forward to enjoying their selections with you at the screenings in October!