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UPDATED, April 20: The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) plans to hold its eighth annual award reception for the 2018 poster competition at the Arlington Friends of the Drama, 22 Academy St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26. 

The festival seeks volunteers for the reception. They need to arrive at either 5:30 p.m. or 6 at the Friends of the Drama (one block off of Mass Ave.) Contact aprilranck.aiff[@]gmail.com.

The reception will celebrate several art forms from an exhibition of all poster illustrations, live music, poetry, dance, and story-telling, bringing together the art students with their professor, the contest judges, artists and appreciators of the arts.

We will also host a discussion with Adria Arch, the cochair of the Commission for Arts & Culture in Arlington about the challenges of promoting the arts in 2018. The evening will conclude with the winning poster being unveiled and the artist awarded with a cash prize of $500.

The reception will kick off this year's international film festival, scheduled to be held Nov. 1 through 4 at the Capitol Theatre.

The longtime Arlington drama group is a partner with the festival. Founded in 1923, AFD is one of the 10 oldest continually operating community theater groups in the United States.

The chosen poster design becomes the face of the 2018 film festival and marketed locally, nationally, and internationally. The artist receives additional exposure with the design on the program book cover, festival passes, posters, postcards, video trailers and electronic marketing.

With the founding of AIFF in 2010, the first project to spin-off connecting film with the arts was the poster contest. This is the second year that the offer to participate in the Competition went out exclusively to Robert Maloney’s Experimental Illustration class at Mass College of Art & Design. It has been a successful partnership where junior and senior level students have had the opportunity to create a beautiful portfolio piece that could help them in launching their careers.

What the reception offers

The reception will celebrate music, dance, storytelling and poetry with the following professionals:

MUSIC - The N&P Colombian Duo are string harpist Nicolas Castaneda Lozano and violinist Pilar Zorro Pilar Zorro, both native Colombians. They set out to translate Colombian traditional music through nontraditional instrumentation, violin and Colombian harp. With the use of contemporary instrumental techniques for these instruments, their goal is to expose Colombian music in a new and exciting way and share it worldwide.

Nicolas Castañeda Lozano is an outstanding llanera harp performer from Colombia who has received numerous awards as a solo harpist and composer. He currently resides in Boston after coming to the city to attend Berklee where he majored in jazz composition. His music is based on the creation of new sounds, mixing Colombian traditional rhythms with contemporary music styles as heard on his album" as well as here >> 

Pilar Zorro is a classically trained violinist from Bogotá,Colombia. She came to Boston to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory where she explored many styles of music. In 2015, Pilar was one of five violinists who participated in a Journeys in Sound 2016 violin workshop called "Bow & Strings; The World of Violin" which featured fellow violinists from Jordan, South Africa, and the US. In 2015 she put together Kontra Quartet, noted as diverse and musically intoxicating. In addition to performing, Pilar is a music educator; she has been part of many Orchestra Programs such as the Boston Latin School, where the importance of guiding youth to create art through music is one of her main goals.

DANCE - Siwen Dance Group presents "Dream" featuring artists Siwen Jiang, Yidan Chang, Siyuan Yin, Yifan Wu, Yutong Wei, Xinlu Zhang, Wenjing Ding, and Siyu.

Siwen Jiang is an international artist, choreographer and dance teacher. Her choreography is enriched and inspired by different cultural environments and dance materials. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Tianjin Normal University and continued her study in the Master of Fine Arts program at the College at Brockport: The State University of New York.

In 2009 she joined the International Dance Competition as a guest artist, her choreography “Peacock” and modern dance “Untitled” separately received the first champion of dance performance award and second champion of choreography award. In 2013, her choreography, titled “Shall We Talk”, was performed on the New York stage and received many positive responses from the audiences. In 2014, she worked as an organizer, teaching assistant, and translator in American Dance Festival in China. She also organized a project for the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic relations and participated in its final performance in New York City. In 2005, her choreography “Sacrifice for Paradise” was selected by Brockport Alumni Dance Showcase, and was preformed at the Dixon Theater Place in Manhattan. This performance was reviewed by China Press and the English Channel of Sino TV.

POETRY - Cathie Desjardins, who is a lifelong educator who has taught writing and reading to all ages from kindergarten through grad school. She is the author of a book of poems, With Child, and is working on her second book, The Muse in the Garden. She is currently Poet Laureate of Arlington MA.

STORYTELLING - Cheryl Hamilton, a resident of Medford, serves as director of partner engagement at the International Institute of New England. In 2015, Cheryl became a co-coordinator for Massmouth, a local non-profit that promotes the timeless art of storytelling. In her role, Cheryl is responsible for curating the national television show 'Stories from the Stage' in partnership with WGBH and World Channel. She also created and curated the popular 'Suitcase Stories' series honoring refugees and immigrants.

Since graduating from Clark University, Cheryl has devoted her career to advancing refugee protection and immigrant integration, and more recently communications and storytelling. Prior to joining IINE, she served as Associate Director for External Relations at RefugePoint, National Coordinator for RefugeeWorks (now Higher Advantage), and Director of the New Migration Project at the Center for Preventing Hate. Between 2001-2003, Cheryl helped manage the unexpected migration of 2,500 Somali refugees to her hometown in Maine. She documented this experience in her one-woman show entitled Checkered Floors. A relentless storyteller, Cheryl routinely appears in storytelling productions throughout New England, including on The Moth MainStage, Soundbites, The Corner, and with Massmouth. 

​​Each year a panel of judges with expertise in the fields of design and marketing select the winning poster for AIFF, and we celebrate the competition with a reception/press announcement.

A Massachusetts native, Maloney has a master of fine arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His recent work focuses on the connections between the temporary materials of our manmade, urban structures and how these fragile forms relate to the erosion of memory.

His work has been featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, The Pulse of Mixed Media, Art Revolution and Artscope Magazine. Maloney’s work is held in the collection of Wellington Management, Liberty Mutual as well as private collections. His exhibitions, commissions and publications are numerous.

  CALL FOR ENTRIES: Regular deadline was March 31; late is April 30

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) seeks films for its eighth annual event next October, and the late deadline to submit is April 30.

The festival was founded in 2010, "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 welcoming submissions of feature length and short films. 

All submissions must be electronically submitted through Film Freeway >>

Note: Student Filmmakers must enter the fee waiver code,



Regular: March 31 (passed)


Late: April 30 

 Please visit 

http://AIFFest.org for further details.

About AFD Theatre

Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the early 1930s, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Inc. outbid the Odd Fellows and came in with the highest bid for the St. John's Episcopal Church building, its current Academy Street location.

The regional and national awards garnered by their productions are many, but they are most proud of the fact that year in and year out they entertain thousands of people, encourage local development and appreciation of the theatre arts, and provide a home for some of the most creative directors, designers and performing artists in New England.

AFD has stepped up their commitment to developing the next generation of theater artists and audiences. The approach is multifaceted, with a focus on the selection of productions in which youth may participate, both backstage and occasionally onstage, an annual scholarship donation to a worthy student at Arlington High School and providing students the opportunity to attend final rehearsals of our productions at no charge.

AFD designs and produces a season of four shows every year, usually including comedy, drama and two musicals. Currently in its 95th season of community theater, its upcoming show, “9 to 5: The Musical,” runs March 9 through 25, 2018. 

Festival welcomes designer

AIFF has announced the addition of Nicolle Renick is the festival’s graphic designer. A native of Iowa, she grew up visiting family in Boston and Connecticut, and made New England her home in 1998. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2005 with a B.A. in graphic design.

Since then, she has won two Creative Excellence Awards and was a finalist in a contest to design a Facebook cover photo for the artist P!nk. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University and a high school basketball and track coach. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and enjoys traveling. 

 New judges

The following are new judges for the festival:

Erica Licea-Kane: A working artist since the early 1980s and a college studio art instructor for more than 30 years, she received her BFA at the Parsons School of Design and her MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art. Licea-Kane has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad and she is a member of the Kingston Gallery in Boston’s South End.

Phil Pritchard: Born in England, he graduated from Mountview Theatre School in London. He appeared in the title role in the film "A Kitten for Hitler" (2007) directed by the legendary British Film director Ken Russell and in "The Scouting Book for Boys: (2009) directed by Tom Harper (Woman in Black: Angel of Death) starring Thomas Turgoose & Holiday Grainger.

Kate Bernhard: A marketing and communications professional with deep experience in content creation and management, marketing innovation, brand strategy, broadcast and Internet media, marketing campaigns, client and stakeholder management, event planning, team management and development, and translating industry best practices to build brands and drive business success.

Nuno de Sá Pessoa Costa Sequeira: A native of Portugal, he began his studies at Universidade Moderna Lisboa, in cinema and television. He graduated from The European Film College in Denmark and returned to Portugal, where he directed his first independent work. Two feature length documentaries followed. His latest took him to California, where he edited three feature-length documentaries directed by Kenneth Payton.

Bernice Schneider: An award-winning documentary film editor, she received her M.S. in visual studies at MIT's Media Lab under the direction of Richard Leacock. She has edited numerous films for PBS’s "American Experience," "Frontline," "Nova," "American Masters" and "Independent Lens." Bernice also teaches editing at Emerson College.

Yahia Zakaria: He is a film/TV producer and project Manager with a bachelor’s degree in cinema directing from the Art academy in Egypt. He has more than 10 years’ experience as a filmmaker and supervised production and postproduction for feature films, documentaries, TV commercials and video clips. 

Source : https://www.yourarlington.com/arlington-archives/residents/ideas-fun/film/film-news/13950-aiff-18.html

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