And the winners are…

26 10 2009

Congratulations to all of our filmmakers whose films were part of the 2009 Arpa Film Festival Official Selection!

Director Haik Gazarian's mother accepts award for "VENEZZIA" on his behalf.

On Sunday’s closing night award ceremony the judge’s selection for winners for each of the following competitive categories were announced.

Each of these distinguished films speak to Arpa Internaional Film Festival’s misson of showcasing films which further global compassion and understanding.

Please join us in celebrating and recognizing the talented filmmakers and supporting their work!

Documentary: Return to Mexico City

Short Film: The Tangent (La Tangente)

Animation: Dress Story

Dress Story

Director: Sonbahar

Screenplay: Venezzia

Picture: Venezzia

New Venezzia Poster


“Arpa Breakthrough Award 2009” : Greg Lalazarian for “Chasing Tchaikovsky”



25 10 2009

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Hosted by the girls of HOLLYSCOOP, the Closing Night Gala Awards will feature award winning films and recipients of the festival’s prestigious awards.

AT&T will present the Arpa/AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship.

Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF) will receive the Arpa Foundation Award for the film, “Because Education Matters”, and for contributing to the legacy of academic scholarship to schools around the world.

Lucy Martens and Marjorie Wright will receive the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award for their film,

Voices from Inside – Israelis Speak.”

And filmmakers in the following competitive categories will be acknowledged: Best Short Film, Best Documentary; Best Animated Film; and Best Feature Film.

Full list of nominees here.

The Awards Gala will be followed by a courtyard reception.

Dinner and Cocktails will be served.

Red Carpet: 6 PM / Gala Awards: 7 PM

Tickets: $75

Available online or at the Egyptian Theater box office

Past celebrity attendees and award recipients include Frances Fisher, Vivica A. Fox, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alanis Morissette, Tippi Hedren, Atom Egoyan, Arsine Khanjian, Alison Janney, Marilu Henner, Tony Shaloub, Cheech Marin, Robert Papazian, and Dean Cain.

Join us in celebrating the work of all the filmmakers showcased at the 12th Annual Arpa International Film Festival, for their skill and talent in using the  medium of film to further global understanding.

Opening Night Highlights

25 10 2009

Over 400 fans attended Friday night’s opening night, North American premiere of VENEZZIA!

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29 09 2009

Welcome to the Arpa International Film Festival official blog!

We are proud to announce that the 12th annual Arpa International Film Festival will be held on October 23-25th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Arpa Internationl Film Festival 2009

Arpa Internationl Film Festival 2009