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VIDEO Awards of the Arpa International Film Festival in LA

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This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF), the signature event of the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA), which took place between November 12 – 22, 2020.


As one of Hollywood’s longest-running film festivals, this year’s Arpa International Film Festival showcased 69 films, comprised of Features, Documentaries, Shorts, Animated Films, and Music Videos from 20 different countries. This year’s festival once more highlighted a diverse range of films that explored themes such as genocide, war, environmentalism, music, art, and a variety of issues.

In consideration of the continuing challenges and uncertainty stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, and per the extended federal and state guidelines, the Arpa International Film Festival, which in the past has originally taken place at historic theaters around Hollywood, took place online this year. With the help of Seed&Spark, we worked very hard to make the transitional process easily accessible for our film audiences. People from all around the world took part in our 23rd Annual Festival.

FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome to the 23rd Annual Arpa International Film Festival 2020 Awards Show

Arpa International Film Festival extends heartfelt gratitude to all our filmmakers for their visionary storytelling and outstanding achievement at our virtual online festival across the globe. Congratulations to this years winners!

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BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD - It's a Tie!

Even though our festival is not dedicated solely to music videos we are thrilled again this year to bring our nominated music videos where film and music meet and entertain audiences who love both forms. Click on music video titles to read more about each award winner:

·CATALYST BARS & ALEXI – SMASH AGAIN 

·NAMEWEE – GETAWAY TO KAOHSIUNG

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BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD

Animation not only has changed the course of Hollywood it has also taken its unique place on a platform worldwide for artists to create beautiful effects and ideas that truly matter to every age. The older we get we are so inspired by this genre with its rich visuals, colorful scenes, characters that captivate and make us feel the nostalgia of our childhood days. This is story telling with imaginative concepts on so many levels. Click on image or film title to read more about this award winner:

·THE ROTATION by Hazhir As’adi

 

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BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY AWARD

Our Best Short Documentary Award is a new award category for us this year. They provide us with significant aspects of reality on themes and events that create a historical tapestry bringing light to our sense of identity igniting our conflicting emotions that  might transform us and provide us with insights paving the way for solutions. Click on image or film title to read more about this award winner:

·FROM KURILS WITH LOVE by Taylor Rees

 

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BEST SHORT FILM AWARD - It's a Tie!

Regardless of language and cultural differences, short films provide us with such flexibility and will continue to be a vital part of cinema. Arpa Film Festival always found their shorts charming and endearing. They have always captured the attention of our audience. Our festival feels their importance  and gives these creative filmmakers new ways to tell their stories and a chance to be noticed. Click on film titles to read more about each award winner:

·BABU by Eelum Dixit 

·RETURN (VEGER) by Selman Deniz

 

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD

The multifaceted world of feature length documentary films is meant to inform and help us understand on a deeper  level differences that exist in the human story. These  Independent gifted filmmakers are driven with artistic expression championing the future of storytelling  with their personal artistic vision that comes from their own experiences and spirit. Click on image or film title to read more about this award winner:

·BORN JUST NOW by Robert Adanto

 

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BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY AWARD

This year we happen to have two jury members who happen to be the recipients of the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship award in screenwriting Eric Nazarian and Anthony Grieco. As we welcome screenplays of every genre and theme our jury looks for originality and diversity. Our festival strives to provide exposure and support to screenwriters who create emotionally impactful storytelling. Click on image or film title to read more about this award winner:

·Barbara Vekaric for ALEKSI

 

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BEST FEATURE DIRECTOR AWARD

A director’s role is multidimensional. From choosing the cast, technical crew, production design, and everything in between creating the overall creative vision till the end winning the trust, respect and support. This is the meaning of admired leadership. Click on image or film title to read more about this award winner:

·Maryna Er Gorbach & Mehmet Bahadir Er for OMAR AND US

 

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BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD

What makes a good movie? Is it the plot? The characters? The details? A great ending? The list is endless. A good film has to be compelling and exciting to our film loving audience without losing its message. Click on image or film title to read more about this award winner:

·OMAR AND US by Maryna Er Gorbach & Mehmet Bahadir Er

 

2020 Arpa International Film Festival Jury were:

  • Gabe Saporta – Musician and Entrepreneur
  • Anthony Grieco – Screenwriter, prestigious Nicholl Fellowship recipient
  • Eric Nazarian – Screenwriter, Director, Producer, prestigious Nicholl Fellowship recipient
  • Karen Kondazian – Actor, Author, Journalist, Producer
  • Roman Mitichyan – Actor, Director, Producer
  • Clayton Trussell – Screenwriter and Producer, best known for his work on the Netflix series, “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico”
  • Heather McComb – American Actress and Producer
  • Chuck Harter – Writer and Actor, known for “Hey, Hey We're the Monkees”, “Mr. Novak: An Acclaimed Television Series”
  • Justin Humphreys – Screenwriter, Film Historian, and Curator

 

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We are happy to announce that this year we launched a platform for university students to submit their films to our film festival. Through our collaboration with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Film Festival “ZotFest” where student filmmakers submitted their films, with the opportunity to showcase their creations beyond a university’s vicinity. The intention behind our collaboration is to give a platform for upcoming student filmmakers, and we chose six films to screen at this year’s festival.

 

To date, AFFMA has awarded over 150 individuals with grants in support of their creative endeavors. Through its Arpa International Film Festival, AFFMA has recognized industry legends, with Lifetime Achievement, Career Achievement, Humanitarian, Icon, and Breakthrough Artist Awards. Arpa International Film Festival takes great pride in working toward recognizing the diverse tapestry of international talent and presenting it to an appreciative audience. We place a strong emphasis on filmmakers’ unique artistic vision, cultural diversity, and social understanding.

 

We will keep our filmmakers and supporters updated via our website newsletter, FilmFreewayFacebookInstagram and  Twitter.

 

For more information, please visit our website ArpaFilmFestival.com, subscribe to our Newsletter to stay in touch with the latest developments, and write to us via email at arpafilmfestival@gmail.com.

The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Arts (AFFMA) is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization. Your festival pass or ticket purchase is considered a tax-deductible donation as permitted by law.

 

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You Can Also Make Your Donation by Check via Mail

TO DONATE BY MAIL, PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO: 
AFFMA – Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art 
AND SEND YOUR GIFT TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: 
2919 Maxwell St, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

 

Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art (AFFMA) is a charitable, non-profit, tax-deductible organization registered as a 501(c)(3), thereby making all sponsorships 100% tax deductible.

 


Thank you and keep safe!

~ AFFMA Board ~

 

 

 

 

 

Arpa International Film Festival Sponsors

Sponsors are crucial to the stability of the Arpa International Film Festival. Through their support we continue to embrace gifted filmmakers who are trying to make a difference. We welcome you to join the list of our 2021 Sponsors & Media Partners today – it’s easy to become a film festival sponsor.

 

We’d like to thank all of our 2020 Sponsors and Patrons for helping to make this the best Arpa International Film Festival ever! Without your generosity, an event like this wouldn’t even be possible, thank you!

 

2020 Sponsors

 

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Collaborators

 

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Official Digital Cinema Provider

 

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