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Arpa International Film Festival Announces Call-for-Films and “KHACHATURIAN” Anniversary Screening at the American

Cinematheque In 2012, AFFMA celebrated 15 years of its signature event, Arpa International Film  Festival. The year included recognitions by the Los Angeles City Council, Roll Global Grant, and a Golden Medal of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia for AFFMA Founder Sylvia Minassian. Arpa Film Fest enjoyed its most successful and highly attended festival in 2012, commemorating its anniversary with a star-studded  awards gala.

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Cinematheque In 2012, AFFMA celebrated 15 years of its signature event, Arpa International Film  Festival. The year included recognitions by the Los Angeles City Council, Roll Global Grant, and a Golden Medal of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia for AFFMA Founder Sylvia Minassian. Arpa Film Fest enjoyed its most successful and highly attended festival in 2012, commemorating its anniversary with a star-studded  awards gala.
AFFMA organizers now prepare for the Festival’s 16th year with a full slate of events
planned for the summer and fall season.
CALL FOR FILMS
Call for Film submissions are currently open for the upcoming 16th Arpa International
Film Festival, to be held September 26-29, 2013 at the historic Egyptian Theatre in
Hollywood. “We encourage all 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 hosted many notable 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 will focus on the feature film genre and industry programs aimed to help
filmmakers develop their projects.
Aram Khachaturian Jubilee – Sunday, July 14th, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood:
“KHACHATURIAN” Anniversary Screening
To commemorate the 110th birthday anniversary of renowned composer Aram
Khachaturian, and the 10th anniversary of the seminal 2003 documentary about the – 2 –
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 $11.00. Cinematheque Members’ ticket $7.00. Seniors 65+
and Students with valid ID are $9.00. Tickets can be purchased here:
http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/khachaturian-0
AFFMA NETWORKING MIXER
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.
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 talents. Most significantly, AFFMA produces 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. Visit www.affma.org for more information.
The Kuhn Foundation
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.

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