(Entertainment-NewsWire.com, January 14, 2020 ) The 22nd Arpa International Film Festival, one of Hollywood’s longest running film festivals, showcased features, documentaries, shorts, animated films and music videos from 15 different countries. This year’s festival once more highlighted a diverse range of films that explored themes such as genocide, war, environmentalism, music, and art. The festival was held at Hollywood’s historic American Legion Post 43 Theater from November 8 - 10, 2019.
Opening night kicked off with a special reception and the screening of “Sand and Fire.” The film’s background music “Dle Yaman” was performed live before the film’s screening by the amazing Alene Aroustamian, who thrilled the audience with her magical performance.
Awards were given in eight categories including Achievement in Filmmaking for “Sand and Fire”, Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Documentary. Special awards went to Albert S. Ruddy for Lifetime Achievement in Producing, Joe Berlinger for Career Achievement in Directing, Eric Roberts for Lifetime Achievement and the Icon Award went to Sally Kirkland.
To date, Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA) has awarded over 150 individuals with grants in support of their creative endeavors. Through its Arpa International Film Festival, AFFMA has recognized industry legends, with Lifetime Achievement, Career Achievement, Humanitarian, Icon and Breakthrough Artist Awards.
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