Arlington International Film Festival (0)


01 Jan 2018
Call for entries

28 Feb 2018
Early deadline

31 Mar 2018
Standard deadline

30 Apr 2018
Late deadline

30 Apr 2018
Festival closed

31 Jul 2018
Notification date

25 Oct 2018
28 Oct 2018


350 Massachusetts Avenue, Ste 160,  02474, Arlington, MA, United States

Festival description
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Feature film festival >3' 90'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 October 2017
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 45'<
 Feature Films  >3' 90'<
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Festival start: 25 October 2018      Festival end: 28 October 2018

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.

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



Festival Dates:
October 25 – 28, 2018

Submission Deadlines and Fees:
Early: February 28 / Features: US$35 / Shorts: US$15
Regular: March 31 / Features: US$50 / Shorts: US$30
Late: April 30 / Features: US$65 / Shorts: US$45

* NOTE: All deadlines are postmark deadlines.

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) was founded in 2010, its mission being “to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film — to nurture the next generation of filmmakers”. AIFF is a juried festival and welcomes submissions of feature length and short films in all genres.


Festival Dates: October 25 - 28, 2018

* NOTE: All entries must be postmarked by the respective deadline

Submission Categories: AIFF screens both national and international features and shorts and accepts films of all genres, all selected with a focus on our mission of fostering appreciation for different cultures through independent film.
Features: 41 min or longer / Shorts: 40 min or less

Film must not be available for video or internet distribution prior to October 15, 2017
Film must be in original language with English subtitles
Film must have been completed production within the last two years

Format: AIFF prefers a secure on-line screener or a Vimeo link (the password should be good for 3 months). DVD’s are also accepted (Region 1, NTSC or PAL)

Submitting via internet: Please send your completed submission form, film link with password to:

Submitting via post: Please mail your completed submission form, 3 DVD copies and if applicable, your check or money order to:
Arlington International Film Festival

ATTN: Submissions
350 Massachusetts Avenue, Ste 160
Arlington, MA 02474

Entry Fees: Entry fees can be paid on the festival website, through PayPal or by check or international money order (in US$), made payable to AIFF

SELECTED FILMS: Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision in mid-August and will be asked to provide the following by September 15, 2018 in order to be included in the festival:

Theater screening format: The preferred exhibition format for theater screening is DCP with DVD or Blu-ray copies as back-up. Shipping: Shipping costs of all materials to the Festival will be paid by the participant. Mark packages clearly with the title of work, the Festival’s address, and the sender’s return address. For international shipping, the customs declaration must read: “Cultural material of no commercial value”. Email to the festival address ( any pertinent shipping or tracking information. Submitted DVDs will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped mailer is included with the submission.

Promotional Materials: Photographs and Press Kit will be requested immediately as well as trailers and any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Release: A copy of the release form signed
and returned which addresses the following:
Scheduling: The Festival reserves the right to schedule all films on the date and at the time and location of its choice. All selected works will be screened at least once during the Festival.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Preview Guide, Festival Program Book, Website, Ticketing system and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and AIFF.

Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.
Liability: AIFF holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival. The Festival assumes responsibility for all exhibition DVDs received by the submission deadline and will ensure their safe storage and projection. In case of loss or damage, the Festival’s obligation will be limited to reimbursement for the cost of making a new DVD. Participation in the Arlington International Film Festival implies acceptance of all the above Festival requirements. In case of disagreement due to considerations not covered in these guidelines, the Festival retains the right to decide its final resolution.



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