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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)...




Aruba Inaugural festival puts up an impressive lineup

We will be covering the first edition of the Aruba Festival with dailies brought to you by Editor Bruno Chatelin

The official lineup is comprised of the following films:

3 IDIOTS (Country: India / Director: Rajkumar Hirani)
ABEL (Country: USA / Director: Diego Luna)
AMSTERDAM (Country: Netherlands / Director: Ivo van Hove)
ANY THING (Country: USA / Director: Oliver Lecot)
BARRY MUNDAY (Country: USA / Director: Chris D'Arienzo)
BLACK DEATH (Country: UK / Director: Christopher Smith)
BOY ECURY (Country: Netherlands / Director: Frans Weisz)
CAIRO TIME (Country: Canada/Ireland/Egypt / Director: Ruba Nadda)
CHRISTINA (Country: USA / Director: Larry Brand)
CYRUS (Country: USA / Director: Jay and Mark Duplass)
DELHI 6 (Country: India / Director: Rakesh Omprakash Mehra)
EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS (Country: Argentina/Spain / Director: Juan Jose Campanella)
HACHIKO (Country: USA / Director: Lasse Hallstrom)
HAPPY FAMILY (County: Italy / Director: Gabriele Salvatores)
HOLY ROLLERS (Country: USA / Director: Kevin Asch)
I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (Country: Brazil / Director: Karim Ainouz)
LUCKY COUNTRY (Country: Australia / Director: Kriv Stenders)
MINE VAGANTI (Country: Italy / Director: Ferzan Ozpetek)
MY QUEEN KARO (Country: Netherlands/Belgium / Director: Dorothee van Den Berghe)
NANNY MACPHEE (Country: UK/France/USA / Director: Susanna White)
PENSO CHE UN SOGNO COSI (Country: Italy / Director: Marco De Luca)
QUESTIONE DI CUORE (Country: Italy / Director: Francesca Archibugi)
SELL OUT (Country: Malaysia / Director: Yeo Joon Han)
THE BURNING PLAIN (Country: USA/Mexico / Director: Guillermo Arriaga)
VENEZZIA  (Country: Venezuela / Director: Haik Gazarian)

More titles will be announced in the next few days as ‘surprise' movies. Film details are provided in the accompanying AIFF program overview.


The stars will be shining bright at this year's AIFF. In addition to legendary leading man and activist Richard Gere being in attendance, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris) will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film.

Notable guests participating in the "In Conversation With" series inclide Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominee Guillermo Arriaga ("Babel" "21 Grams"), whose highly acclaimed film "The Burning Plain" is screening in the festival; multiple Academy Award® winner editor Thelma Schoonmaker ("The Departed" "Goodfellas" "The Aviator"); Academy Award® nominated actress Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April" "Shutter Island" "Lars and the Real Girl"); Oscar® nominated actor Griffin Dunne ("Game 6" "My Girl" "Johnny Dangerously") and famous Indian choreographer Longiness Fernandes ("Slumdog Millionaire").

The Festival will also host a special Bollywood night, which serves to celebrate Indian cinema and attract many people of Indian descent residing in nearby islands who often to do not get the opportunity to see new Bollywood films in local theaters. A day dedicated to Indian films (Thursday, June 10th) will be capped off with a magnificent Bollywood themed party that same night. The films being shown are "3 Idiots" and "Delhi 6."

The full AIFF program is available to print online at Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the AIFF's office at Paseo Herencia. Tickets are available in a variety of price ranges, from a simple movie ticket to packages of multi-event attendance, to top accreditation tickets for VIP events.

About the Aruba International Film Festival

The breathtaking Caribbean island of Aruba provides the backdrop for the film industry's newest "must-attend" event, taking place June 4-11, 2010, with an inviting atmosphere, suited like none other, to attract actors, directors, filmmakers, and film lovers for a one-of-a-kind festival experience.

AIFF stands to further global awareness for the Island of Aruba as a center of art, culture and creativity and serve as a platform to promote the understanding and appreciation for the art of cinema and filmmaking. With participants enjoying a relaxed Aruban ambiance and a casual interaction between filmmakers and audience.

The annual AIFF will bring people from around the world to view a wide selection of films, join in discussions and attend special parties and events.

AIFF has a mission to encourage, educate and activate young Aruban filmmakers. Throughout the Festival, notable film professionals will be conducting master classes on all facets of filmmaking and the creative process.

For more information please visit the Aruba International Film Festival website at

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