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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)...




Giuseppe Cioccarelli on the Tolerance Day project which screened Ensemble (arabs save jews) and more themed films in Aruba...

Bruno Chatelin: Giuseppe I have just screened Ensemble by Mohamed Fekrane as part of the Tolerance day film program, this is a great idea, how did it start?

Giuseppe Cocciarelli: I received two months ago an email from this group of filmmakers in Tel Aviv where Palestinians and Israeli worked together on the same subject and made the film called “The coffee project”.

"Coffee – Between Reality and Imagination" is a cinematic collaboration between young Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, who together created a series of short films, all dealing with the project title – coffee. Coffee takes part in our cultural identity, it is shared by all individuals in terms of our daily routine and pastes different people together, no matter who they are. Eight films were produced - two documentaries and two fiction films by Palestinian filmmakers, and four fiction films by Israeli filmmakers. Each of the films gives a personal and courageous point of view on the reality in which we live in. The productions were made in creative freedom and with mixed crews of Israelis and Palestinians… I fell in love with that concept.
To me, like most Italians (and Europeans) we are very close to this subject, more than in the States probably. Here in Aruba we live together with different religions and absolutely no problem with it but I thought this was important.
So I called the israelian producer to find more about it, and when we agreed he said he would come with one of the actors who was from Palestine.
These guys are young, fun and nice they represent the future, a future I like.
The first night they arrived in Aruba, hotels were fully booked and they accepted to share a room, which I find great.
Then we all started to research for films around the theme of Tolerance and we decided to link them with the Tolerance day in Aruba, yesterday the government installed a statue of Anne Frank with the prime minister and all officials from the different religions attending…and today we are showing 4 films The Invocation by Emmanuel Itier, Ensemble by Mohamed Fekrane, La Rafle by Rose Bosch with jean Reno and the coffee project by Directed by: Gergely Fonyo, Eti Tsico, Aya Somech, Gazi Abu Baker, Murad Nassar, Eitan Sarid, Maysaloun Hamoud, Elite Zexer

These were shown in our theatres june 12 and 13 with Q&A

Bruno Chatelin I am so happy with the reception, I introduced the movie to tell the true story of this Imam who saved thousands of young jews during WW, in Paris in 1942. I immediately felt the audience connected to the theme and the story, they applauded before the movie  The Q&A which took place after was improvised but felt even warmer, it seems many people in the audience were jews, and asked me when the movie would play next since they thought their family should see it…
I loved the experience thank you Giuseppe.

(Giuseppe Cioccarelli (right) with Kim Cattrall and Claudio Masenza)


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