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 and NOVA.

Awards & Prizes

AIFF recognizes film making achievement through the presentation of the following juried awards:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short

Rules & Terms


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)
Short films: narrative, documentary, animation and experimental (45 min or less)

Film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 26, 2017
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: download the form from our website,, sign, date and return electronically.

2) Trailer, still and promotional materials: email to

3) Exhibition format: preferred exhibition format for theater screening is DCP with DVD (NTSC; Region 0 or 1) or Blu-ray (2) copies as back-up.

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