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Cynthia Biret

I am a freelance journalist covering fiction and documentary films and T.V. with print and/or video interviews, from Academy Awards winners and nominees to Indie filmmakers. 

An expert storyteller, I also have experience as a producer, writer, director, editor and videographer and have worked with the majority of networks and cable channels.  

I mentored a young student in a campaign against human trafficking, and produced and directed the first documentary to been shown at TEDx; produced and wrote a documentary about the Sovereign rights of a First Nation indigenous tribe. Passionate about the protection of the environment, I also traveled to the Amazon to witness the impact of deforestation, and directed a documentary to raise awareness about the urgency to protect wildlife. 

Originally from France, I currently live in Los Angeles.  


ARPA International Film Festival celebrated its 22nd successful year in Hollywood


ARPA International Film Festival Founder, Sylvia Minassian, on the red carpet with Eric Roberts and Eliza Roberts.Photo credit:  Cynthia Biret. 


ARPA International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in Los Angeles, is also a leading indie film festival in Southern California.  By fostering diversity by creating cultural bridges with international filmmakers, the festival also explores critical issues and thrives to create lasting social impact on issues related to war, genocides, diaspora, exile, cultural identity and multiculturalism.

This year's Sepcial Honorees are:

 ALBERT S. RUDDY- Lifetimes Achievement in Producing


ERIC ROBERTS - Lifetime Achievement Award

JOE BERLINGER - Career Achievement In Directing


Arpa IFF 2019 Special Award Winner for the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award was awarded to the documentary

THE STATELESS DIPLOMAT, directed by Mimi Malayan and Arthur Muradyan.

Additional award winners for the 2019 Arpa International Film Festival are:

Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: SAND AND FIRE (THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM), directed by Souheil Benbarka

Best Short Film: THE SEAdirected by Cameron Richards

Best Music Video: SOUTH CENTRAL STATE OF MIND, directed by Timur Bootzin

Best Animated Short Film: ANACRONTE, directed by Raúl Koler and Emiliano Sette

Best Documentary Film (a tie):

Best Screenplay: LORIKdirected by Alexey Zlobin

Best Director: COMING HOME, directed by Daria Shumakova

Best Feature Film: COMING HOME, produced by Makar Zaporozhskiy and Anna Gasparyan









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