Poster Contest Awards Ceremony
7:00 PM19:00

Poster Contest Awards Ceremony

8th Annual AIFF Poster Competition

Promoting Cultural – Global & Artist Design

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The Poster Competition aims at promoting cultural, global, and artistic competition among students from Mass College of Art & Design's Illustration Department. It is a unique opportunity to brings students from different social backgrounds to compete for the 8th annual AIFF Award.

-- A reception will be held on Thursday, April 26th at the Arlington Friends of the Drama whereupon Arlington International Film Festival's (AIFF) organizers will celebrate the 8th annual Poster Competition. AIFF is more than a film festival …it is a celebration of the arts as this special evening promises. The reception will celebrate several art forms from an exhibition of all poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance, and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts. We will also host a discussion with Adria Arch, the Co-Chair of the Commission for Arts & Culture in Arlington on the challenges of promoting the arts in 2018. The evening will conclude with the winning poster being unveiled and the artist awarded a cash prize of $500.

The reception will kick-off this year’s international film festival, scheduled to be held November 1 – 4, 2018 at the Capitol Theatre.

With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts was the Poster Contest. This is the second year that the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art & Design. It has been a successful partnership where junior and senior level students have had the opportunity to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them in launching their careers. 

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1:25 PM13:25

International Shorts Program II (90 MIN)

Downside Up, 15 min, Nar, 2016, Belgium

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Phil's Camino, 28 min, Doc, 2016, USA - Best Doc Short

Au Revoir Balthazar, 10 min, Animation, 2016, USA

Best Animation Short

Euna, 19 min, Nar, 2017, Germany

Just Go, 11 min, Nar, 2017, Latvia

The Typewriter Repairman, 7 min, Doc, 2017, USA

Q&A W/Director Thomas Draudt and Tom Furrier, Principle of Cambridge Typewriter

Cambridge Typewriter, 102 Mass Ave, Arlington


DRAUDT and Tom's last name is

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12:00 PM12:00

International Shorts Program I (72 min)

Fist of People, 20 min, Nar, 2016, South Korea


Johnny Express, 6 min, Animation, 2014, South Korea

A Whole World for a Little World, 15 min, Nar, 2017, France

Lunch Time, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Iran

20 Kicks, 6 min, Animation, 2016, Bulgaria

A Share of a Share, 2 min, Nar, 2016, Iran/Kurdish

Co-presenting with the Boston Irish Film Festival

No Irish Need Apply/Boston, 7 min, Doc, 2017, Ireland/USA

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3:10 AM03:10

International Short Program III (81 MIN)

Test of Courage, 20 min, Nar, 2017, Germany/Czech Republic

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

Entre Sol y Sombra, 30 min, Doc, 2016, Spain

Co-presenting with Boston Latino International Film Festival

And The Moon Stands Still, 11 min, Animation, 

Belarus, Germany, United States

Sisak, 15 min, Nar, 2017, Germany - 

Best of Festival Short

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12:00 PM12:00

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12:00 pm

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 |

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VOICES OF OUR YOUTH: Student Filmmakers Program (120 mins)


Sponsors of this event,

ACMi - KUMON - Malden TV Center - - - - RCN

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9:52 PM21:52

Friday, October 27, 2017, 9:52 pm

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 |

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Co-presenting with Morningside Music Studio

in Arlington & Jazz Festival



John Scheinfeld, Director | USA | 2017 | Doc |


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to Nov 4

Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:30 pm

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 | 

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CHIKA: The Dog in the Ghetto (17 mins)

Sandra Schießl, Director | Germany | 2016 | Animation


Jasmin Lord Gassmann, Director | Germany | 2017 | Doc

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7:00 PM19:00

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00 PM

Regular Tickets $11 -

Festival Passes $85 |

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Rattled (10 min)

Jaafar Almadhoon, director, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, 2016,  Nar

A COURTSHIP (71 mins)

Amy Khon, Director | USA | 2015 | Doc |


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7:00 PM19:00

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 pm | 2017 AIFF Opening Night


REGULAR TICKETS $11 & to buy


Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM

HONK: A Festival of Activist Street Bands (7 mins)

Patrick Johnson, Director USA | 2016 | Doc

SHADOWGRAM (93 mins)

August Contento, Director | Italy | 2016 | Doc | US PREMIERE

After Party/Reception Bistro Duet Restaurant (VIP tickets & Festival Passes holders Invited) 




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4:00 PM16:00


2017 AIFF CALL For Entries Open

October 26-29, 2017

Capitol Theatre | 204 Mass Ave | MA 02474  

        The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s Call for Entries. Submission information can be found on the website, and entries posted on AIFF continues to unearth some of the best independent storytellers in all genres and presents a diverse array of local, national, and international narrative and documentary features, shorts, and student films. Award sponsors include Glidecam Industries, Inc., High Output, CyberLink, Engine Room Edit, Rule Camera, Talamas, and WGBH, Artscope Magazine, Arlington Community Media, Inc (ACMi), KUMON.

Each year, the festival hosts more than 2,000 cinema fans and presents 50 plus screenings. Filmmakers, producers, students, and media outlets from across the United States regularly converge at this festival and exit Arlington infused with big ideas and extraordinary new connections. Director, April Ranck says of the Festival, "the enthusiasm that culminates in Arlington around the film screenings, visiting directors, and conversations is exciting; people come together infused with energy and ideas because of the stories shared by amazing indie filmmakers. It is wonderful to see the interaction among community organizations, businesses/corporations, educational institutions, and audience members. The Arlington International Film Festival is an annual event not to be missed!” 

Recognized for drawing an impressive lineup of premieres as well as identifying talented filmmakers early in their careers, AIFF is proud to have screened films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, official selections of the Cannes Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival in Italy, Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.

As AIFF opens its Call for Entries, we look forward to another year of exceptional films that foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and nurturing the next generation of filmmakers. 

#indie2017 #YOUTH2017

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2:30 PM14:30


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!

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12:00 PM12:00

12:00PM FIDDLESTICKS (80 MIN) Co- presentation w/Boston Jewish Film Festival


Veit Helmer | Director | Nar | 2014 | Germany

A colorful children's adventure opened the "New German Films " section at the Marche  du Films of Cannes Festival 2015. Director Veit Helmer says of his film "it's a classic live-action adventure for young and older children between the age of 4 and 144", who grew up with the Little Rascals by Hal Roach and the adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Nowadays, the majority of movies for young children are animate films. I want to do something different". In fact Helmer would like children to question authority. It is important that kids have healthy suspicion because adults are not always in right". 


Wapikoni Mobile Shorts | Quebec | Canada |40 min

Q&A w/  Cassandre Pérusse and Widia Lariviére. 

Wapikoni Mobile... a project by and for indigenous is a traveling studio created in 2004 by filmmaker Manon Barbeau and co-founded by the Council of the Nation Atikamekw and the youth the Youth Council of The First Nation of Quebec and Labrador. While encouraging the emergence of talent, it facilitates interaction and communication between young people and contributes to their openness to the world as well as their influence in their communities. These youths become ambassadors of a rich contemporary culture that is too often overlook.

For the 6th year, we are proud to present a selected program of their shorts. 

Co-present w/Harvard University HUNAP - Brendais University - UMASS and Boston Québec Delegation | Sponsor by Boston Quebec Delegation

2:20 PM: BETWEEN ALLAH AND ME (and Everyone Else) (60 min)                                  Co-presenting w/The Center for Arabic Culture in Somerville                     

Between Allah and Me (and Everyone Else) (60 min)

Kyoko Yokomad | Writer/Director | Doc | 2014 | Canada

The film explores the challenges of four Canadian Muslin women making decision either to start or to stop wearing hijab, unveiling how the hijab carries many diverse meanings and messages, and it's intricate and complex effects on Muslin women, their families and communities, and the larger multicultural society.


4 Houses (5 min) 

Mayumi Nishijima | Director |Animation | 2014 | Japan | USA Premiere

A metaphor for no one knows what to expect in life.

Allegory of the Jam Jar (18 min) 

Boris Kuijpers & Ruth Mellaerts | Directors | Nar | 2015 | Belgium

Hans is a 50-year old businessman. He has a challenging job, a wonderful collection of ties and a pristine apartment. One day, when a crack appears on the perfect walls of his home, Hans slowly starts losing control of his seemingly perfect life. 

Sexteen (25 min) 

Santiago Samaniego | Director | Nar | 2016 | Spain | USA Premiere

A family crisis breaks out when the daughter is caught sexting with a guy named Omar. More than a coming age story and the social mores of sending nude photos over the internet, it captures the difficult dynamics of a divorced family and how it translates to parenting.

Mystic Jungfraujoch (4 min) 

Markus Eichenbeger | Director | Doc | 2015 | Switzerland | New England Premiere

Markus Eichenberger received permission to stay at the Jungfraujoch station high is the Swiss Alps, usually of limits to tourists, and recorded a time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot 48 hours. Breathtaking.

Best Cinematography (Documentary) Award at Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival; Official Selection at the Vienna International Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival

Tandem (14 min) 

Leandro Alastuey | Writer/Director | Nar | 2016 | Spain

A young couple suffers a hard economic situation. They have incurred lots of debt, spent all their savings and cannot find jobs. Their love and hope are the only things that keep them together, but will it be enough?


Fish (4 min) 

Saman Hosseinpour | Director | Nar | 2016 | Iran

An Old couple living in an apartment, the man is sleeping and the woman is doing housework. The woman wants to change the fish tank's water but it slips off her hands and falls the ground. They've run out water and there's no water for the fish. But with the help of the man, they find water for it.

Home Care (92 min) 

Slávek Horák | Director | Nar | 2015 | Czech Republic | 

Karlovy Vary, tells a story of a selfless home care nurse Vlasta who is indefatigable in a concern for her family and capricious patients, always on the move with two brown leather bags in hand. Then, one day, things change and Vlasta, forced outside of her comfort zone, realizes that she might need some care too. A touching film set under the benevolent Southern Moravian sun courageously incorporates visual and verbal slapstick in making its case for life - ostensibly in the face of death - and vivaciously drives this message to a audience. 

Home Care was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language at the 88th Academy Awards. 


AIFF Jury Award for "Best of Festival" 

Betsy Kalin | Director | Doc | 2016 | USA | East Coast Premiere

Panel Discussion with Director/Producer Betsy Kalin and Associate Producer Ruby Gómez

East LA Interchange tells the story of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights, the oldest neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Targeted by government policies, real estate laws, and California planners, this quintessential immigrant neighborhood survived racially restrictive housing covenants, Japanese-American Internment, Federal redlining policies, lack of political representation, and the building of the largest and busiest freeway interchange system in the nation, the East L.A. Interchange. The documentary explores how the freeways - a symbol of Los Angeles ingrained in America's popular imagination - impact Boyle Heights' residents: literally, as an environmental hazard and structural blockade and figuratively, as a conversational interchange about why the future of their beloved community should matter to us all. The story of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise - and peril - of American progress.

Awards: Winner of the Award of Excellence IndieFest Film Awards; Best Feature New Urbanism Film Festival; 1st place Jury Award Frozen River Film Festival; Best Doc Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.













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10:00 PM22:00

10:00PM RUSSIAN ROULETTE/CLIMAS (89 MIN) Co-Presenting w/Boston Latino Int. Film Festival

Russian Roulette (5 min)

BEN ASTON | Director | Nar | 5 min | 2014 | UK

London seems a little less lonely when Lucy meets a libidinous cosmonaut on

Sundance 2015 after winning the Jury Prize at Sundance London

CLIMAS (84 min)

Enrica Perez | Director | Nar | 1 hr 24 min | 2014 | Peru

Three women of vastly different ages and origins cope with life in three distinct regions of Peru. Eva, a young girl from the lush tropics of the Amazonian jungle, experiences a sexual awakening by way of a forbidden relationship with her uncle. Victoria, a wealthy socialite from Lima, suffers a terrible secret that renders her inner life as grey and melancholy as the city surrounding her. Zoraida, an elderly peasant from a destitute village in the Andean Mountains, confronts the worst fear in the wake of the unexpected return of her estranged son. Three unconnected regions, three introverted women, three stories of discovery shaped by three different geographies, societies and climates of the same fragmented country.

Premiered at the Warsaw Film Festival; Official Selection of the Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de Cuba; Epic Award for upcoming Filmmakers at the Festival de Cine de Lima. 

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8:27 PM20:27


DADA | Maria Luna | Director | Nar | 18 min | 2015 | Spain 

FRANKIE (ITALIAN ROULETTE | Francesco Mazza | Director | Nar | 20 min | 2015 | USA  

ELEMENT | Nina Paola Marin Diaz | Director |Nar | 4 min | 2016 | Colombia 

RISKY GAME | Stefan Plepp & Christine Kabisch |Directors |Nar | 11 min | Germany

AlIKE | Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Mendez | Directors  | Nar | 9 min | 2015 | Spain 

FAILED | Marina Bruno | Director | Nar | 3 min | 2015 | Canada

WASTE OF A FALL | Marina Bruno | DIrector | Nar | 6 min | 2014 | Canada

UNTITLED CHRISTMAS STORY | Mauricio Franco | Director | Nar | 11 min | Spain

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7:02 PM19:02



Arthur Musah, Director | Doc | 50 Min | USA - MIT | Award Best Doc

Q&A w/Filmmaker

Arthur Musah is a filmmaker from Ghana and Ukraine. His latest documentary NAJIA BETA premiered in 2016 at the Pan American International Film Festival in Cannes. Arthur studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow and holds a bachelor's and a master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dreaming of shaking up education in Nigeria, a team of Nigerian and Nigerian-American MIT students heads home one summer to teach technology to high school-schoolers through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their ideals are tested by reality master's in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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5:20 PM17:20



AIFF Jury Award Best Short Documentary

Jorge Guerrero | Director |Doc| 25 min | 2016 | Spain 

HORROR VACUI | Daniel Chamorro | Director | Nar | 15 min | Spain


AIFF Jury Award Best Short Narrative

Gonzaga Manso | Director | Nar | 14 min | 2015 | Spain 

400 MILES | Felix Martiz | Director | Nar | 30 min | CA

THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB | Philip Du Jamerand | Director |Nar | 8 min | FR

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4:00 PM16:00


The Day of the Bleeding Gums (5 min)

AIFF Jury Award Best Short Animation

Dimitar Dimitrov-Aminiter | Director | Animation  | 2014 | Bulgaria | New England Premiere

An animation draw frame by frame on smartphone and the messages of this short being, a painter has value only in the moment of its creation; the rest is just a postcard from faraway  voyage. 

Imber's Left Hand (62 min)

Richard Kane | Director  | Doc | 2014 | MA

Q&A/Reception w/Richard Kane, Director, Co-producer Melody Lewis-Kane & Rebecca Nemser, Art Critic | Hosted at 13Forest Gallery, 167 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington

A bittersweet and deeply moving document of John Imber a local artist that lived and painted among us and his courageous and darkly humorous to response to a diagnosis of ALS. The film traces Imber's life, career, and adaptation switching from painting with his right hand to the left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determineted: more than 100  portraits in three months. In one scene, while reviewing family photos, he come across a picture of himself at nine Passover Seder. His partner, Hoy says it's his Judaism that's at the root of who he is. "How so?" Imber's asks, to which Hoy  replies "How you present yourself, your sense of responsibility, your constant search for truth t and authenticity." The wait in which Imber carries on that search against the greatest  of odds it a the heart of his portrait. Especially moving in the way in which members of the Stonington, Maine community rally to support Imber-dropping by to give him a back rub or bring a dish to eat-even as he invites them to have his portraits painted. In the end, Imber's Left Hand is a testament to live-giving force that is art and the ability of two at their community to face uncertain future  with passion and resolve.   

Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Best Film Audience Award at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, Best Documentary Audience Award at the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival, and Best Film Audience Award at the Hartford Jewish Film Festival (tie).

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2:10 PM14:10


QUIET MUJO (11 min)

Ursula Meier | Director | Nar | 11 Min | 2014 | Bosnia/Herzegovina/ SWITZERLAND

It’s training time at the Zetra stadium in Sarajevo. Ten-year-old Mujo misses his penalty kick. The ball flies over the goal and disappears among the tombstones of the graveyard that replaced the sports grounds during the war. “Go search among the Christians!” some of his playmates yell. “Seek among the Muslims!” others snicker. Searching for the ball, Mujo wanders in the kingdom of the dead.

Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2014 and BEST SHORT HOPE HUMAN AWARD 

ARMENIA (85 min)

M. A. Littler | Writer/Director | Nar | 2016 | Switzerland/French/Germany/Armenia | USA Premiere

Armenia is cinematic interweaving of film, literature and history. The day after his 50th birthday, Haig Boghos (portrayed by Alain Croubalian), a world-weary singer embarks on a personal journey revisiting his family's history of genocide, exile, and diaspora. His journey leads from his current hometown Basel to his childhood home Cairo, and from Beirut to Armenia - the homeland of his forefathers - Armenia. Haig's odyssey culminates in the discovery of mass grave - the last resting peace of many of the victims of the Armenian genocide 1915/16 including Haig's great-grant parents. 
Circling themes of family, identity, and spirituality, Armenia is a geographical, historical and psychological journey into one man's mind and into the collective consciousness of a troubled country and its people. However, Haig Boghos' odyssey is not solely a personal journey. It is much rather the journey of an archetype, a universal tale of displacement  and forlomness  that will resonate with everyone who feels a sense of spiritual homelessness. 

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