Arpa International Film Festival, Hollywood’s longest-running independent film festival, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a star-studded gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 20. The festival’s long-standing mission has been to showcase films that cultivate cultural understanding and global empathy.
This year’s month-long online festival will continue to explore socially relevant themes such as diaspora, war, genocide, dual identity, exile and multiculturalism. The diverse tapestry of inspiring films to showcase from around the world will inspire our local and global community to connect and advance progressive filmmaking.
Starting November 4, the festival will stream more than 80 films from 26 different countries online for free. The festival is very happy with the online screening, allowing the works of stories by hard-working independent filmmakers to be seen from all over the world.
The Arpa International Film Festival will also screen feature films and documentaries in the cinema. The first will be “Invisible Republic”, a film by Garin Hovanissian and produced by Eric Eserailian, Serj Tankian and Alec Mouhibian on November 3, with two screenings at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers and journalist of ‘Artsakh Lika Zakaryan.
The highlight of the festival is the Silver Anniversary Gala on November 20, 2022 at the Beverly Hilton. Red carpet, cocktail and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program. The festival is lucky to have two dynamic people as MC. Fox 11’s Good Day LA host Araksya Karapetyan and entertainment presenter Amanda Salas will grace our stage.
Prizes will be awarded to the winning filmmakers at our gala evening with the prestigious festival awards honoring our celebrities in the film arena. Our winners this year will be Diane Baker/Icon Award, Michael Madsen/Career Achievement Award, Aaron Ryder/Career Achievement Award in Producing, and Krys Marshall of “For All Mankind” on Apple TV+ (fourth season) Breakthrough Artist Award.
The gala will host Oscar-winning producer Terry George and producer Mike Medavoy. Surprise humanitarian prizes will follow.
The Arpa International Film Festival is honored to celebrate at the Gala, the 5-year tribute to the film “The Promise” which created global awareness with powerful impact. The tribute will be highlighted by its Oscar-winning visionary director Terry George, producers Mike Medavoy, Eric Esrailian, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker (Intent to Destroy) Joe Berlinger along with cast and crew.
The Arpa Foundation for Film Music and Art (AFFMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.