Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is an award winning organization with its mission being to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film. In 2014 AIFF was awarded the Community Recognition Award by the Arlington Martin Luther King Committee, in 2013 the Alan McClennen Community Arts Award by the Arlington Center for the Arts and the Gold Star Award by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Through the founding of AIFF, the mission has also focused on enriching the community and broadening the view of our world and ourselves. AIFF believes that the arts are here to connect us, to communicate across boundaries, and touch our common humanity.

AIFF is open to national and international filmmakers. Whether professional or a first-time filmmaker, we welcome innovative, original films with unique perspectives. Many of our selected films have been nominated for Academy Awards; i.e. BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbillisi directed by Tom Walters, Elena directed by Petra Costa, and Documented directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. We Still Live Here directed by Anne Makepeace was chosen by the U.S. State Department to screen around the world and other films have been purchased by CNN, POV, PBS, WGBH, and NOVA.

AIFF recognizes filmmaking achievement through the presentation of the following juried awards:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature

Best of Festival Short
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short

Best H.S Festival
Best H.S Animation
Best H.S Doc
Best H.S Narrative
Best H.S Experimental


Submission Categories: AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts with a focus on our mission of fostering an appreciation for different cultures through independent film.

Feature films: narrative and documentary (46 min or longer), Music, Dance, Art, Virtual reality, Human Rights, Social Social, iPhone, iPhones, Photography...
Short films: narrative, documentary, animation and experimental (45 min or less)

The film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 26, 2017
The film must be in original language with English subtitles
Film production must have been completed within the last two years

SELECTED FILMS: Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee's decision by August 1st and will be asked to provide the following materials by August 20th in order to be included in the Festival.

1) Release form: sign, date.

2) A trailer, still and promotional materials: email to

3) Exhibition format: Materials can be sent via Dropbox, We Transfer, Blu-ray and/or DCP. Preferred exhibition format for theater screening is DCP with DVD (NTSC; Region 0 or 1) or Blu-ray (2) copies as back-up.

Overall Rating
  • Vinay Pujara

    It was an honor to screen my film 'Clash of Morality' at AIFF. Thanks much.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you to you and the work that you have done. Excellent film and very appropriate for this days..

  • Roisin Kearney

    I was delighted to be part of the Arlington film festival, communication was excellent and although I couldn't be there I was delighted with how well it was run.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:


    Wonderful film. We really enjoy as well the movie lovers. Wish you happy holidyas

  • Mohammad Mohammadian

    Your film festival is very nice, Thank you so much.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Mohammad,

    Thank you so much for your kinds words. It was an honor for us to screen your film.

    Best regards

  • I had a great time at the festival and April and Alberto made me feel welcome and allowed me to talk about my short with the audience after the screening. Well worth the entry fee.!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kindness and it was an honor for us to have you and your film within AIFF.

    Looking forward to seeing you in a near future.

    kind regards,