Festival Info

Arpa International Film Festival
annually every November at
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood


Founded in 1997, Arpa International Film Festival‘s mission is to cultivate cultural understanding and global empathy by creating a dynamic forum for international cinema. The festival presents the works of local and international filmmakers who explore such issues as diaspora, war, genocide, dual-identity, exile, and multiculturalism – issues that are extremely relevant to the community of Los Angeles Armenians that founded the festival and to the global community at large. Through film screenings, panel discussions, and networking events we strive to bridge cultural divides by fostering dialogue among people of diverse ethnicities and lifestyles.

The festival is produced annually by the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art (AFFMA). A non-profit founded in 1995 for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community, especially providing support to filmmakers exploring subjects of social and cultural importance through their medium.

What does “Arpa” stand for?

Arpa is the name of a river that flows through Armenia. As water
provides a source of life and energy, so does art to the human soul.

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