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:

Audience Choice Awards

BEST OF FESTIVAL
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature

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

HIGH SCHOOL FILM AWARDS
Best H.S Festival
Best H.S Animation
Best H.S Doc
Best H.S Narrative
Best H.S Experimental

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

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, 2018
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 arlingtonfilmfest@gmail.com

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

Overall Rating
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  • Alex Salsberg

    Had so much fun screening at this fest! Great films and April and Alberto were so welcoming. Would definitely submit again.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Alex, Thank you very much for your kind words and support and looking forward to seeing your film submission for the 2020 festival.
    Our best,

  • Jesús Soria

    Great communication, great staff!! Very happy to be part of this edition!
    Thank you very much!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Jesus< thank you very much for your kind words and we are extremely happy with the work that you and indie filmmakers had done.
    Looking forward to seeing your film submissions for the upcoming 2020 festival.

    Best

  • DVF Films

    Five stars in all; AIFF is a must in USA film festival circuit.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Arthur and Friends. your film was well received and thank you for allowing us to screen your films.

    We are looking forward to seeing your film submission for the upcoming 2020 festival.

    Our best,

  • Alistair Kerr

    Wonderful for my animation to be selected for the festival and look forward to submitting again next year...thanks.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Alistair, thank you very much for your kind words and we are honored to screen your film in AIFF.
    Looking forward to seeing your film submission for the 2020 festival.
    Our best,

  • Thanks so much to the festival for selecting "En la frontera". I wished I could have been there in person!

    November 2019