The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) was founded in 2010 with a mission to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film and to nurture the next generation of filmmakers.
AIFF has three distinct components, one being the annual Poster Contest, the High School Filmmakers Competition and its master component, that of the film festival showcasing some of the finest and most creative cinematic works by independent filmmakers from around the world.
We are proud to have screened films that have been recognized world-wide, chosen to tour internationally with the State Department, official selections of the Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, San Sebastian, Toronto Film Festivals, purchased by HBO and PBS and nominated for Academy Awards.
Growing a business or an organization requires a great deal of dedication. AIFF takes great pride in its collaborations and its commitment to building vibrant partnerships with organizations, businesses, educational, arts and cultural institutions in New England and beyond.
Very special relationships have been forged with several local film festivals resulting in co-presentations with the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Irish Film Festival of Boston, Indian International Film Festival of Boston, Boston Palestine Film Festival and the Boston Latino International Film Festival. We have also had the privilege of working with Harvard University Native American Program, Brandeis University, UMASS College, Cambridge Public Library, POV, MFA, Emerson College, Boston Public Library, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the City of Boston. Currently, AIFF has partners with Gallery Village works and Fugitive production in Acton, East Somerville Main Streets organization, Malden TV Center in Malden. Natick Center Cultural District.
We have also forged numerous business relationships, RCN being our Gold Sponsor since the inception of the Festival. The partnerships and relationship building continues in order to continue to grow the Festival.
With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the Poster Contest Competition was the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts. This year the competition was offered exclusively to the illustration department at Mass College of Art & Design. The poster submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges with expertise in composition, design, public relations and marketing and evaluated based on visual appeal, content and marketability. The selected poster design appears around the world in various forms; i.e. print, TV, international film boards and web promotions. The winning artist is announced at a press conference/reception and awarded a cash prize of $500. This year’s winning artist is Joshua Chase.
Our annual Festival held in October continues true to its mission to foster appreciation for different cultures through independent film. Our submissions have grown from 47 the first year to now more than 2000 and our jury from 3 to an esteemed panel of 14 members. We screen documentary and narrative shorts and features, and animation shorts.
A 2-hour block is set aside during the annual Festival to present the juried program of High School Filmmaker Shorts followed by a discussion and reception. The ‘Call for Entries’ is now registered with UNESCO whereupon we receive amazingly creative shorts from young filmmakers as local as Boston and as distant as Siberia.
As an extension of its mission AIFF has recently introduced a TV series in collaboration with Arlington Community Media titled Conversations with AIFF. Conversations is a bi-monthly series of interviews featuring directors, filmmakers, editors and those in the industry that support the art of filmmaking. The purpose of this series is to offer insight into the creative world of this art form, sharing knowledge and personal journeys, empowering the indie filmmaking community and satisfying the curious.
The 1st of these Conversations was with filmmaker, Rick Beyer and principle of RULE Camera Boston, John Rule followed by the 2nd of the series with filmmaker, Alice Bouvrie, editor/filmmaker, Bernice Schneider, Alison Couples from High Output Boston, Richard Kane, director/producer of Amber’s Left Hand and Billy Fitzpatrick director/producer of No Irish Need Apply.
What we are most proud of is our mission. Our name is becoming known in greater Boston and we feel privileged to stand on a positive platform fostering appreciation for our neighbors and encouraging peace.
AIFF is a juries festival with awards chosen by the jury and bestowed in recognition of special achievement. Past honorees in their respective categories are: Doc – Narrative – Animation – Experimental – in both categories Indie filmmakers and Students