2018 AIFF Relationships & Partnerships

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…

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ACMi: Leader in Multimedia Community Access TV

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.

About ACMi

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

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.

About Kumon

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

MALDEN MEDIA TV CENTER more than a Collaborative Partner – Sponsor of the 2017 Student Filmmaker Awards Program

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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.

Media Partners and Sponsors AIFF Student AwardS Program

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.

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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.  

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InsideMedford.com is Medford's first online-only news source founded in 2007 by Allison Goldsberry, a lifelong resident of Medford.

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CambridgeDay.com is an independent source for news, features, commentary and event information serving primarily Cambridge, MA since 2009.

See Masterpiece of a resignation letter the president's Arts Committee sent to..

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. 

Thank you,

CALL FOR Volunteers for the 2017 Festival Season

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 arlingtonfilmfest@gmail.com


by donating $25

and enter your name to win

  • One-night stay at HOMEWOOD SUITES by Hilton  

20 feet from Cambridge and near Boston's attractions with complimentary buffet breakfast, complimentary evening social Mon-Thu featuring light dining and non-alcoholic beverages, free covered parking, on three bus lines. 

1 Mass Ave, Arlington


  • $50 gift certificate to Tartufo Ristorante 

an award- winning Italian restaurant featuring authentic, unique, Abruzzese cuisine. 

22 Union Street, Newton Centre

Drawing will take place on

Opening Night, October 26th

Your donation will help with filmmakers transportation costs,  hotel accommodations and awards. 

We appreciate your support!