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Aruba International Film Festival


Aruba International Film Festival Year 5 Kicks Off October 7-11 2015.

The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) quickly became the international film community’s “must-attend” summer event after its opening in July 2010. After 4 intensely exciting years, the festival took a break in 2014 for a complete makeover and now is back with full force to celebrate year 5 from October 7th-11th, 2015. 

The festival offers a pleasurable and inviting atmosphere for filmmakers, press and film lovers. It serves to not only develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema and filmmaking, but also to inspire, educate and promote emerging local and regional filmmaking talent. This in turn has helped position Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity, and as a viable destination for international film and commercial productions.

The AIFF was founded in 2010 by film producers Jonathan Vieira and Giuseppe Cioccarelli, with artistic direction by 30-year industry veteran Claudio Masenza. Previous editions of the festival have showcased a diverse array of critically acclaimed fiction films and documentaries from every corner of the globe, and have attracted such notable industry names as:

Hollywood leading man Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman)
Multi Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator)
Mexican writer/director Guillermo Arriaga (The Burning Plain, Babel)...




5th Annual AIFF Hosts Tyrese Gibson's SHAME (2015)

The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) has announced that SHAME, starring Tyrese Gibson (The Fast & The Furious and Transformers franchises) & Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and produced by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington will screen before the opening night film THE DRIFTLESS AREA. SHAME is a 23-minute exploration of a man who wants to do the right thing for his family, but may not be strong enough to.

Written by Gibson, the short is the story of an up-and-coming soul singer Lionel Jacobs (Tyrese Gibson) who is working the nightclub scene, trying to climb to the top of the charts.  He is married to his background singer Bobbi Ann (Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson) and wants to do right by her and their children.  But his struggle with drugs and alcohol test the strength of his fidelity and their relationship.  

Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the AIFF will screen SHAME at 7 pm on October 7, 2015 at the Caribbean Cinemas Megaplex 8 as part of the festival’s Opening Night festivities.

Gibson will be in attendance to conduct a post-screening audience Q & A.


About the Aruba International Film Festival:

Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is one of the international film community’s essential stops on the Caribbean and South American film festival circuit. The festival serves to not only develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of cinema and filmmaking, but also to inspire, educate and promote emerging local and regional filmmaking talent.

The fifth edition of the AIFF promises to once again feature a fine selection of international narrative, documentary, and short films from every corner of the globe, while offering its guests in-depth panel discussions and master classes, and rare “In Conversation With” sessions with top industry professionals.

The festival creates an environment where local and Caribbean filmmakers can learn from and network with one another, while gaining a truly unique and exclusive festival experience.

Film program and guest highlights from previous AIFF editions include Lasse Hallström’s Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (with Richard Gere, who opened the festival in 2010), Cyrus (from the Duplass Brothers), Beginners (with Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer), Argentina’s Best Foreign Film Oscar-winner El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Rob Reiner’s The Magic of Belle Isle (with Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, who opened the festival in 2012), and maverick Dutch writer/director Paul Verhoeven’s Tricked (with which Verhoeven opened the festival in 2013).

The AIFF’s popular Caribbean Spotlight Series and Aruba Flavor competitions have drawn some of the finest regional films to Aruba, and continue to provide a platform for local filmmakers to feature their latest works. Films that have premiered in these categories, such as Abo So (Aruba), Boys of Summer (Curaçao), Children of the Wind (Bonaire), and Peace: Memories of Anton de Kom (Netherlands/Suriname) have gone on to award-winning, international festival runs in the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Europe, and South America.




-Edited on October 7th, 2015- 


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