LOS ANGELES—In 2012, the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art celebrated 15 years of its signature event, the Arpa International Film Festival. The year included recognitions from the Los Angeles City Council, a Roll Global Grant, and a Golden Medal from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia.
For AFFMA Founder Sylvia Minassian, 2012 culminated with the Arpa Film Festival enjoying its most successful and highly attended festival to date – commemorating its anniversary with a star-studded awards gala.
AFFMA organizers are now prepared for the Festival’s 16th year with a plethora of events planned for the summer and fall seasons, listed below.
Khachaturian Jubilee – Sunday, July 14th, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood.
To commemorate the 110th birthday anniversary of renowned composer Aram Khachaturian, and the 10th anniversary of the seminal 2003 documentary about the composer, Khachaturian, Arpa Film Fest joins forces with the Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia, the Kuhn Foundation and, for the first time, the American Cinematheque to present a special screening of the film. The event includes a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers and a catered reception at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The evening will take place under the stars in the courtyard of the legendary Egyptian Theater, under the same roof where Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks premiered their films in 1922.
General Admission ticket is $11. Cinematheque Members’ ticket $7.00. Seniors 65+ and Students with valid ID are $9. Purchase tickets.
AFFMA will host its summer networking mixer at Hollywood’s Redbury Hotel. The event will serve as a membership drive and filmmakers are invited to take part and network with other professionals in entertainment. The mixer date will be announced shortly.
AFFMA Comedy Night
AFFMA comes out in full force for its annual “Ara Basil’s Ballistic Show” – this year on August 25 in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store, Main Room.
Call for Films
“Call for Film” submissions are currently open for the September festival. “We encourage young filmmakers to take advantage of Arpa Film Fest as a launch pad to a career in filmed entertainment and production arts,” says Fest Director, Alex Kalognomos. “We have been able to host premiers of films that have gone on to commercial success, distribution, and VOD. Currently, Lost & Found in Armenia, which had its US Premier at Arpa last year, is enjoying consecutive sold out screenings nationwide. Other success stories include My Uncle Rafael and the internationally acclaimed film, Venezzia which had its World Premier at Arpa.
This year’s festival, from September 26-29 at the Egyptian Theatre, will focus on feature films and industry programs aimed to help filmmakers develop their projects.
The Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA) is a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of enhancing Los Angeles’s creative environment and supporting those artists who bridge the cultural divide. Each year, AFFMA stages networking events, concerts, art exhibits, fashion shows, book signings, and various benefits to promote emerging talent. Most significantly, AFFMA produces the Arpa International Film Festival to unify diverse people and cultures through the unique power of cinema. Since 1997, the Festival has honored over 100 artists, filmmakers, and writers with grants and awards.
The Kuhn Foundation disseminates understanding in science and philosophy, supports cultural endeavors, and promotes good relations between America and China. The Foundation produces the Closer to Truth TV series. It also produced the documentary Khachaturian, which won the Best Documentary award at the 2003 Hollywood Film Festival, and (with China Central Television) In Search of China for PBS.