We, at the Arlington International Film Festival, are extremely proud of our relationships and partnerships with these amazing organizations: Robbins Library, Arlington Community Media, Inc, Arlington Friend of the Drama, Somerville Access TV, Somerville Public Library, Medford Films Collaborative, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Mystic LGTBQ + Youth Support Network, Fugitive Productions in Acton, Boston Jewish Film Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival, Palestine Film Festival and Boston Latino International Film Festival. We also partner throughout the year with organizations and film events which gathers with indie filmmakers and movie lovers…
ACMi: Leader in Multimedia Community Access TV - Sponsor of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce Arlington Community Media, Inc.’s (ACMi) seventh year of sponsorship. With their support, AIFF features a 2-hour juried program, screening local, national and international high school filmmaker’s shorts followed by a discussion and reception.
It can be said that AIFF was born in the conference room at ACMi. It was the scene of many initial discussions - strategic planning, film screenings, poster contest judging, and receptions. As AIFF has grown in breadth and scope, ACMi has also grown professionally, expanding its offerings of workshops and programming. It is with great pride that we commend ACMi on receiving two awards this year from The Alliance for Community Media, a national organization that sponsors the Hometown Video Awards which this year received more than a thousand nominations from all over the country. Both original productions, the winners are Recycle Right, recipient of the Government Activities Award and A. Book’s Review, recipient of the Mixed and Transmedia Award.
Arlington Community Media is dedicated to providing an electronic forum for the free exchange of information and ideas which reflect the talents, skills, interests, concerns, and diversity of the Arlington community. It is a place to learn new skills through numerous workshops and events, connect with others through meet-ups and youth groups, join a crew, and make your own TV show!
KUMON: Leader in Academic Achievement – Sponsor of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce the leading after school program in reading and math, KUMON as the sponsor of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program.
KUMON is the World’s Largest after School Learning Program in Arlington and 47 locations around the world. Kumon began with a parent’s love. Determined to help his eight-year-old son, a math teacher named Toru Kumon developed the materials and guiding principles of the Kumon Method. Today, Kumon is helping millions of children succeed in the classroom and in life. Their goal is to empower children to become self-learners, helping students achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Through ongoing enrichment programs, KUMON helps students demonstrate true understanding and proficiency in math by learning how to do mental calculations quickly and accurately, without relying on a calculator, complete homework, tests and exams more quickly and with less stress, and to build a rich vocabulary and strong grammar skills-including punctuation, spelling and correct sentence structure.
MALDEN MEDIA TV CENTER more than a Collaborative Partner – Sponsor of the 2017 Student Filmmaker Awards Program
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce, Malden Media Center (MATV), sponsor the 2017 Student Filmmaker Awards Program.
About Malden Media TV Center
MATV is a nonprofit membership-based corporation that was established for the management and operation of the Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Access channels in Malden, MA. Established in 1988, their mission is to connect community, promote civic engagement, and nurture arts and culture in the City of Malden.
MATV is not just about what you see on their channels. They are a vibrant community center, a gathering place for people of all ages and backgrounds to meet, to learn, and to work together - to make media! You can participate by volunteering, being a guest on a show, taking workshops in media production, producing your own program, taking part in an art exhibit in the MATV Gallery or helping on a community project.
YourArlington.com- CambridgeDay.com- InsideMedford.com | Media Partners and Sponsors of the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is thrilled to announce that YourArlington.com, CambridgeDay.com, and InsideMedford.com has signed-on to sponsor the 2017 AIFF Student Filmmaker Awards Program.
YourArlington.com has delivered the freshest news and the sharpest opinions about the town since 2006. Managed by veteran journalist and longtime resident Bob Sprague, the web presence is the only Arlington-based 24/7 media site. Since the inception of AIFF in 2010, YourArlington.com has been a strong supporter as well as an advocate.
Today we are proud to have their sponsorship along with a newly formed digital media block.
InsideMedford.com is Medford's first online-only news source founded in 2007 by Allison Goldsberry, a lifelong resident of Medford.
CambridgeDay.com is an independent source for news, features, commentary and event information serving primarily Cambridge, MA since 2009.
Dear Mr. President:
Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville. The false equivalences you push cannot stand. The Administrations refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions. We are members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). The Committee was created in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues. We were hopeful that continuing to serve in the PCAH would allow us to focus on the important work the committee does with your federal partners and the private sector to address, initiate, and support key policies and programs in the arts and humanities for all Americans. Effective immediately, please accept our resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American. We have fought slavery, segregation, and internment. We must learn from our rich and painful history. The unified fabric of America is made by patriotic individuals from backgrounds as vast as the nation is strong. In our service to the American people, we have experienced this first-hand as we traveled and build the Turnaround Arts education program, now in many urban and rural schools across the country from Florida to Wisconsin.
Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Action, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and cultural delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.
Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.
For the past 7 seasons, the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) has curated a festival in October that celebrates the very best of new local, national, and international films for audiences to enjoy. AIFF’s Selection Committee watches hundreds of submissions each year and is delegated with the task of choosing films that represent the creative in storytelling and technical execution while holding to the festival’s mission of fostering an appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film. Each year brings forth amazing visions of filmmakers that we are honored to bring to Greater Boston.
This year, the judges have selected a film that will kick-off the 2017 Festival that is an homage to our Serbian community, representing the vision and passion of French as well as the Serbian communities.
THE PROMISE by director Zeljko Mirkovic
In a remote village in the north of Serbia, once known as a prosperous wine region, something unexpected has happened. A French family has moved into the poor village now nearly deserted.
They believe they have found a promised land for growing grapes and winemaking. But they have found only old people in the village, distrusting people, with old habits.
A new challenge awaits them back home in France – how to persuade sommeliers that superior wine can be made in an unknown and problematic region? Can they awaken hope and breathe a new life into the old village?
Thus, THE PROMISE is born!
We invite you to join us as we kick-off this year’s
The New England Premiere of
The Promise by Director Zeljko Mirkovic
France, Belgium and Serbia | Doc | 74 min | 2016
Saturday, October 21, 7:30 PM
St. Sava Cathedral | 41 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge
Celebrate the cultural encounter of…
Film – Wine – Hors d’oeuvres
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF), now in its 7th year is putting out a call for Volunteers that can assist the organizers with Pre-Festival and Festival needs. Indeed, a film festival is fun to produce, but we can't do it all ourselves; we need YOU to have a successful festival.
The Festival will take place at the Arlington Capitol Theatre from October 26-29. If you resonate with our mission, to foster an appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and you have any of the following skill sets, we would love to hear from you.
1) Website Maintenance Administrator:
We have several events during the year and the calendar needs to be kept up-to-date. The largest project is posting the program in mid-September with dates, synopsis, and trailers.
2) Social Media Administrator:
Provided with a calendar and posts, we need to have an active presence leading up to the Festival as well as during the Festival featuring film screenings, directors, and panel discussions.
FESTIVAL Positions (October 26-29):
1) Volunteer Coordinator: Working with our volunteer pool, assign shifts with Captains and Assistants. Training prior to the Festival is imperative for a smooth operation which includes point of sale system (Square).
2) Set-up/Tear-down Team: Essential part of the festival; setting up a table in the lobby with merchandise, festival passes, stanchions to indicate the area for the lineup, step & repeat for interviews and filming, chairs for panel discussions and microphones readied.
3) Captains/Assistants/Floaters: We need a Captain for each shift and Assistants to help with those picking-up pre-paid Festival Passes, selling Festival Passes, selling AIFF canvas bags, receiving Directors and Special Guests, filmmakers, and media. Managing the waistline in the lobby for next film attendees; assisting with panel discussions, mic-runners; assisting with the receptions that happen off-site in the neighborhood following a screening; assisting with Opening Night direction to after-party; assisting with the reception for High School Filmmaker’s Reception following the program screening. Floaters are always needed on each shift to help with the unforeseen.
4) Greeters: Will be outside the Theater at the ticket window to assist patrons coming to the Festival either with purchasing tickets or picking-up Passes.
5) Ushers: Ushers will greet people at the door of the theater (after Capitol Staff has taken tickets), offering a program and assistance to their seats.
6) Photographers: Opening Night, panel discussions, Q&A’s and general coverage of the entire event.
7) Videographer Assistants: To assist the videographer with interviews, panel discussions and Q&A’s.
PASSIONATE about independent film and want to volunteer with AIFF, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tartufo Restaurant - Award winning restaurant serving authentic Abruzzese cuisine
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce its second year of partnership with Tartufo Restaurant. Tartufo sponsored the AIFF’s International Shorts Program that was screened on the Greenway in 2016. This year Tartufo is a supporter of the film awards for best in the category of the 2017 Festival. Award-winning cuisine coupled with award-winning films is indeed a winning combination.
About Tartufo Restaurant
Tartufo Restaurant is a Southern Italian restaurant featuring authentic, unique, Abruzzese cuisine. Located in Newton Centre, they specialize in chef-prepared dishes-homemade to order-with all-natural ingredients, in a bistro with inviting ambiance. Tartufo is the restaurant for a weekly treat or a very special occasion where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy delicious Italian food, as well as a wide selection of premium wines.
Tartufo was created by Owner/Manager Anna Mountzuris and Owner/Executive Chef Dante Bellucci. Chef Dante Bellucci, was born and raised in Pescara, Abruzzi (Italy) and specializes in seafood. He has 34 years’ experience as a chef, 20 of those years in the US. Dante was formerly Head Chef at Marino’s Restaurant in Cambridge. https://tartuforestaurant.com/
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is honored to announce its partnership with EAST SOMERVILLE MAIN STREETS with the screening of a special program of international shorts presented on the following Fridays at 8:30 PM: July 28th - August 25th - September 29th
Art and Music will start at 7:00 pm &
Movie 8:30 pm
The screenings will take place at East Somerville’s Chuckie Harris Park,
3-17 Cross Street, a lovely inclusive space for a collaboration of summer events that are free and open to the public. These Fridays will include artist, Jorge Enrique Cifuentes-Rojas and musicians, Morningside Music Studio Jazz Combo.
Collaboration is about the process of bringing the best of what people and organizations have to offer and working together to realize mutual goals. Since AIFF’s inception, the organizers have collaborated with organizations, businesses, fellow film festivals and lovers of film in the Greater Boston area to achieve its mission of fostering an appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film.
East Sommerville Main Streets
East Somerville Main Streets mission, to improve the life of their community by creating the connection, investment, and pride in their main streets is a delightful fit with AIFF and we are pleased to bring “Friday Film Night’s” to East Somerville residents. https://www.eastsomervilleguide.com/
Art and Music will start at 7:00 pm &
Movie 8:30 pm
First Film at East Somerville Main Streets
Racing the Rez, Brian Truglio, Director | 59 min | AIFF Jury Award “2012 Best Documentary”
Friday, July 28, 8:30 PM
Broadway and Cross Street East
East Somerville/Chuckie Harris Park
Brian Truglio - a local filmmaker from Somerville, MA, has fused his passion for running with his strong connection to the people and culture of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Racing the Rez is a documentary that tells the story of Navajo and Hopi runners from two rival high school cross country teams in northern Arizona who are fighting for a state championship. hot over two years, it focuses on how the sport impacts the lives of five boys growing up on the reservation and helps them confront the challenges they face on and off the course.
The Arlington International Film Festival is extremely proud to announce RCN as their returning Gold Sponsor of this year’s Festival. Film as a means of communication is an important component of our culture; thus, our partnership with RCN, a dedicated communications provider is especially meaningful.
The 7-year partnership between AIFF and RCN has set the stage for the town of Arlington becoming a destination for viewing some of the best indie films produced locally, nationally and internationally. This year’s festival is scheduled for October 26-29.
RCN Boston serves the communities of Allston, Arlington, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Burlington, Charlestown, Dedham, Dorchester, Everett, Framingham, Hyde Park, Lexington, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Roslindale, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, West Roxbury, and Woburn.
RCN Telecom Services, LLC (www.rcn.com) provides industry-leading High-Speed Internet, all-Digital TV, and Phone services for residential, small/medium and Enterprise business customers. PC Magazine recently released its annual Readers’ Choice Awards and named RCN one of the winners for best cable broadband ISPs in 2017 – RCN ranks highest for overall satisfaction. RCN’s affordably-priced advanced digital services are delivered through their proprietary, state-of-the-art fiber-rich network and supported by 100% U.S.-based customer service. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston, and Chicago.
IRVING HOUSE, Sponsor of 2017 Arlington International Film Festival
Irving House has served travelers coming to Cambridge since 1945. In its early years, the house was the annex of The Kirkland Inn and the home of the Misho family who operated the Inn until 1990. The current owners have kept the same warm hospitality that was well known and kindly remembered by the guests.
On their strong foundation, the Owners have been making improvements to the house and the operations in response to the helpful comments of guests ever since. They are continually involved with the care and renovations of the house, updating the rooms, improving technologies and expanding amenities for their guests
Book a room at Irving House Cambridge Bed and Breakfast – in the heart of Cambridge! Enjoy the shops, restaurants, culture & everything Cambridge offers! Whether you are a long-time guest or visiting Irving House for the first time, you will be welcomed and treated to an enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing stay. Irving House…a little gem in the midst of Harvard Square. https://www.irvinghouse.com/
Century 21 Adams… a Company with professionalism & integrity
AIFF and Century 21 Adams have been working together for several years and the support of such an upstanding company has been extremely appreciated.
About Century 21 Adams
In 1989, Century 21 Adams established in Arlington, MA. Over the next twenty plus years, the company has grown in size while maintaining its commitment to provide the highest quality real estate service in the marketplace. Their success is measured not by the number of sales made, but by the manner in which they conduct business on behalf of their clients.
Because of this philosophy, Century 21 Adams joined the top 10 Century 21 offices in New England and became a National Award Winning Company every year since 1992. In 2006, the company received the Centurion designation, determined by the gross closed commission, along with the Quality Service Pinnacle Award, for the highest level of customer satisfaction. Ultimately earning the Presidential Award, and ranking the Arlington office as #1 in New England.
In 2010, Century 21 Adams acquired Century 21 Avon in Cambridge, MA. From the beginning, their commitment to their client’s well-being has fueled their growth since 1989 and continue to do so.
ORGANIC – FAIRTRADE/KOSHER – RESPECT FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE
Specialty Coffee as a vehicle for positive change!
It is an honor for the Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) to partner this year with the esteemed Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co. We have tremendous respect for their integrity and the work they do to ensure people-centered development all the while caring for the environment.
For over two decades Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co, mission has been clear: To use high-quality specialty coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the coffee lands of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. They do this through activism, ecological responsibility and innovative direct development programs with their cooperative partners.
Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co takes their work very seriously and have been recognized internationally for the quality of their coffee and of their work in the world Some highlights include:
· 2004 SCAA Sustainability Award
· UNFAO Best Practices Recognition
· UN Women’s Community Engagement Award
· Oslo Business for Peace Honoree (the “Nobel Prize for Business”)
· World CSR Congress 50 Top Social Innovators
They continue to work tirelessly to educate consumers and other coffee companies to appreciate and hopefully adopt some of their trade practices. You can participate in that process as an Intern or a Java Trekker. https://deansbeans.com/
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is proud to announce AVALON DANCE & FITNESS as a new sponsor, supporting the film awards for best in category of the 2017 Festival.
AVALON is a fitting sponsor as AIFF has demonstrated it is more than a film festival; it is a celebration of the arts. The art of dance has been featured in past year’ screenings; i.e. The Maiden Danced to Death by Hungarian filmmaker Endre Hules and Tango Passion by filmmaker Brian Fiore. AIFF has featured dance companies of various genres at their Kick-Offs and Closing Ceremonies.
Director/Owner, Peter Walker of Avalon Dance & Fitness located at 345 Trapelo Road in Belmont is certified as a Fellow in International Ballroom, International Latin, American Ballroom, American Rhythm and Theater Arts with the United States Terpsichore Association (USTA) and is also a Championship Adjudicator. He is currently teaching Pro-Am students, coaching Amateur and Professional couples, and judging competitions across the US. Together with his professional staff, individual and class instruction is offered in dance and fitness.
Peter began dancing at the age of 5 in his native country of England. He trained in International Ballroom, International Latin, Ballet, Tap and Modern dance throughout his childhood and into his early twenties. During this time, Peter made the final of the British Junior, Youth, and Under 21 Latin Final, World Under 21 Latin and Standard Final, won the Italian Open Under 21 Standard, and was the runner up in the Italian Open Under 21 Latin. Peter was also awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Ballet School in London.
At the age of 22, Peter took a 7-year sabbatical from his dance career, returned to the dance industry in 2003, when he moved to Boston MA, and began to teach. Since that time, Peter has had many successes with his students which include:
2011-2013 World Pro-Am Open Standard Finalist
2010-2012 World Pro-Am Open Smooth Finalist
2012 World Pro-Am Closed Standard Champion
2012 US National Pro-Am Open Standard Champion
2012 US National Pro-Am Closed Standard Champion
2012 US National Pro-Am Open Smooth Finalist
2015 US National Pro-Am Open Smooth Finalist
2016 US National Pro-Am Open Smooth Finalist
2016 US National Pro-Am Closed Smooth Finalist
Conversations with Indie Filmmakers Second Series: Editing
The Arlington International Film Festival… promoting many voices and stories that transform lives!
The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is the sponsor of a bi-monthly television series titled Conversations with AIFF. The series is an extension of its mission to promote the next generation of filmmakers featuring conversations with directors, editors, and those people in industries that support the making of films, providing a closer look at the range of media to complete a production from photography, audio, writing, and research. Conversations provide a behind the scenes understanding of the art of filmmaking as well as its role as a contributor to the arts. The audience is diverse from those interested in making films to those that are just curious about the process.
The second Conversation was dedicated to the art of editing, featuring filmmaker Alice Bouvrie and editor Bernice Schneider, both extremely accomplished in their fields. Having worked on a couple of films together, they have developed a tight working relationship and have shared their experience of creating successful productions.
Editing generally involves sifting through numerous amounts of footage, sometimes great filming but the job is to identify what footage is necessary and the sequence that will unfold a compelling story. This is the art of editing, communicating the intended message of the filmmaker by setting the mood, the pacing, lighting, music…all elements that assist in setting the stage to tell the story.
This process is often best achieved when an intimate relationship is developed between the filmmaker and the editor. The filmmaker begins with an interest in a story and a goal they would like to achieve. The editor is the artist that is able to bring that goal to fruition, communicating the intended message.
There are several techniques that are used by successful editors. It is suggested to prepare a script for shooting, a storyboard or if it is not a scripted production, an overview of your program. This will be the blueprint for your production. A shooting script lists the action shot by shot, along with proposed camera angles and framing.
A storyboard is prepared by sketching or illustrating each scene. It's a great opportunity to see what will work before you shoot it.
An overview should include the chronology of shots as they will appear in the video, approximate timing for each shot, and information about accompanying audio, and graphics and titles for each scene.
Next, prepare a shot sheet. Make sure it includes every shot listed in your script or overview. Get several shots of each item on the list.
Thank you for your interest and stay tuned to the 3rd Conversation in the series!
AIFF and Arlington Community Media, Inc, (ACMi) is the producer of this series and High Output
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