LOS ANGELES—The 15th Annual Arpa International Film Festival (November 29-December 2, 2012) will once again enlighten, empower and entertain showcasing over 60 feature films, documentaries and short films from 17 countries. A record number of filmmakers and talent are expected to be in attendance
“Our team of dedicated programmers worked tirelessly to program a slate of films we are proud to feature for this milestone year,” states Armen Toumajan, Arpa’s director of programming. “We received a wide variety of films, both stylistically and thematically, from burgeoning and established filmmakers alike. Though it was our most difficult selection process ever, we managed to cull the best of the best. This year’s lineup is truly our most international in scope and offers something for everyone. Festival patrons will not be disappointed.”
This year’s North American bows include Tobias Tobbell’s (The Drummond Will) British thriller CONFINE starring Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and supermodel Daisy Lowe in her feature debut . Also showing for the first time in N.America is Aram Sukiasyan’s rock opera WANDERING. ‘Wandering’ is the first such film made in Armenia.
West Coast feature premieres include Nicolas Tackian’s French drama AZAD and Ajay Singh’s endearing family film UPSIDE DOWN (Khalti Doka Varti Paay). The latter film from India was an official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival’s World Cinema section.
These films join the North American premiers of the previously announced opening night film Gor Kirakosian’s comedy LOST & FOUND IN ARMENIA (USA),Centerpiece Program Sebastian Siegel’s documentary AWAKENING WORLD (USA), the taboo breaking ZENNE DANCER (TURKEY) and Closing Night Film Armenia’s Official Submission to the Foreign Language Category at the 85th Academy Awards® Natalya Belyauskene’s powerful drama IF ONLY EVERYONE (Armenia) . The Festival will also host acclaimed filmmaker Tsvetana Paskaleva’s revival screening of WOUNDS OF KARABAKH (1994) and Hrach Keshishyan’s special sneak peak of his forthcoming 2013 historical epic feature film, NJDEH. Both filmmakers will be in attendance at Arpa International Film Festival.
On Sunday, December 2 at 11 a.m., the Festival will present a one of a kind event, “Re-Imaging the Audience: Media and Event Accessibility for the Blind and Deaf” presented by GEMAI, the Global Event & Media Accessibility Initiative. (www.gemai.org)
Since the public narrative becomes more inclusive and accessible to the differently-abled, this multi-experienced and multi-cultured panel will include a “who’s who” of accessibility work and advocacy. The panel will be hosted by Hollywood luminary Katharine Kramer and include as panelists Nanci Linke-Ellis (Captionﬁsh), Steve Ellis (InSight Cinema), Hilari Scarl (director, producer, writer, “See What I’m Saying:The Deaf Entertainers Documentary) CJ Jones (CEO, Sign World Media), David Zimmerman (Meet The Biz) and Marc Bovee (GEMAI).
In addition to the panel, the Festival and GEMAI will present an 11-minute short narrative film titled, “The Most Beautiful Thing” from ﬁlmmaker, Cameron Covell. The film has been engineered to be experienced by audiences of all sensory abilities.
BOX OFFICE IS OPEN The Arpa Film Fest ALL-ACCESS VIP GOLD PASS, valued at over $270, is currently on sale for $90. The GOLD PASS includes all screenings, receptions, and special events at the Egyptian Theatre during the 4-day Festival. For tickets and full schedule visit www.affma.org