21st Annual

Arpa International Film Festival

November 02, 2018 to November 04, 2018

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2919 Maxwell Street
Los Angeles CA 90027
Phone: 323-663-1882
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Feature Narrative Film
FEATURE NARRATIVE FILM category utilizes the unique power of film to express creativity and expression. Especially when examining all worldwide and international issues relating to diaspora, exile, and multiculturalism.
Short Film
SHORT FILM category integrates Arpa's artistic and cultural ideals with a short film's succinctly powerful, dramatic and innovative format. Both short narrative and short animation films accepted.
Documentary Film
DOCUMENTARY FILM category informs audience of important and interesting stories and information surrounded by beautiful imagery and creative editing techniques.


Arpa International Film Festival is dedicated to cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy by creating a dynamic forum for international cinema. Over the past 21 years, the festival has bridged cultural divides by fostering dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds. By showcasing local and international films that explore critical issues such as war, genocide, diaspora, dual identities, exile and multi-culturism, Arpa International Film Festival has solidified its role in safeguarding films that continue to make a social impact.


Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art (AFFMA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with the purpose of providing a platform for filmmakers, musicians and artists, whose works explore subjects of social and cultural importance. AFMMA’s biggest endeavor was launching its signature Arpa International Film Festival in 1997, which quickly came to be recognized as one of the leading indie film festivals in Southern California.

Arpa International Film Festival was launched in 1997 by Sylvia Minassian with the support and encouragement of her husband. Currently celebrating its 20th year, Arpa International Film Festival has come to be recognized as one of the oldest independent film festival for international cinema in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the festival has continuously embraced the diversity among local and international filmmakers.

The inaugural Arpa International Film Festival was held at the Alfred Hitchcock Theatre located at Universal Studios. Special guests included producers Hank Moonjean (Dangerous Liaisons, Beauty and the Beast) and Howard Kazanjian (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi). The festival found a new home for several years at Raleigh Studios, one of the oldest studios in Hollywood, dating back to 1915. Equally historic, the Roosevelt Hotel was the location for the festival’s Award Ceremonies. Arpa International Film Festival’s rapid growth and popularity in 2003-2006 brought the festival to the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, with the Awards Gala taking place at the Universal Sheraton Hotel. Today the festival is still held at the historic Egyptian Theatre, showcasing a dynamic set of films from around the world.


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