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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)...




Jeep tour around Aruba island with friends from the festival

The jeeps departed from the lobby of the HYATT REGENCY HOTEL at a very early 8:00AM-

This proved rather difficult a challenge for some of us (Vanessa?) we had all celebrated rather late the brillant opening of the festival and  a very warm party by the beach.

This Jeep Safari, the island's most popular attraction, is the only way to access the Natural Pool and its refreshing, crystal-clear waters. We got to drive them taking turn for a wild fun!


















As we bounced, twisted and turned through the island's countryside, known as cunucu in the local Papiamento, we passed the island's iconic California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge, among other sites. 

A variety of wildlife was on hande (Aruban Deers ouch stinking sheep) as sunbathing iguanas. We were treated to the impressive vistas of the Arikok National Park, home to the island's two highest peaks, Aruba's emblematic divi-divi trees, the Natural Pool and much more.

Once we arrived at our destination, we could swim and snorkel in the refreshing waters of the pool. After enjoying a fresh snack, we all jumped into the Jeep refreshed, relaxed and renewed for the trip back to the hotel.

If you do the tour again, just make sure you get Eric Brown as your guide, he drives and leads the pack, while talking in the "on board radio" in each of the 4 jeeps, a non stop gross and hilarious monologue, detailing both true local customs, and macho stuff.

We loved it, Wendy Dent too!



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