Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is one of the international film community’s essential stops on the Caribbean and South American film festival circuit. Covered extensively by outlets such as BBC Europe, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Daily, Fest 21, and Empire Magazine, the AIFF offers a pleasurable and inviting atmosphere for filmmakers, press and aficionados. The festival 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 one-of-a-kind film event also helps position Aruba as a center for tourism, art, culture and creativity, and as a viable destination for international film and commercial productions.
Founded in 2010 by film producers Jonathan Vieira and Giuseppe Cioccarelli, the festival has attracted such notable industry names as:
- Oscar-nominated actor Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, An Officer and a Gentleman)
- Multi Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator)
- Golden Globe-winning actress Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City, The Ghost Writer)
- Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia)
- Rapper, producer and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Things Fall Apart, Escape Plan)
- Dutch-Surinamese film pioneer Pim de la Parra (Wan Pipel, Odyssée d’Amour)
- Indian choreographer Longiness Fernandes (Slumdog Millionaire, Eat Pray Love)
- Cuban-American actor Steven Bauer (Scarface, Traffic)
- Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways)
- Stunt Coordinator/Actress/Producer Zoë Bell (Kill Bill, Raze)
- Hollywood film producer Randall Emmett (End of Watch, Lone Survivor)
- Dutch writer/director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall)
- Venezuelan actress Maria Conchita Alonso (House of the Spirits, The Running Man)
The fifth edition of the AIFF promises to once again feature a fine selection of international narrative, documentary, and short films from every corner of the globe, while offering its guests in-depth panel discussions and master classes, and rare “In Conversation With” sessions with top industry professionals.
The festival also creates an environment where local and Caribbean filmmakers can learn from and network with one another, while gaining a truly unique and exclusive festival experience. The AIFF’s popular Caribbean Spotlight Series and Aruba Flavor competitions have drawn some of the finest regional films to Aruba, and continue to provide a platform for local filmmakers to feature their latest works. Films that have premiered in these categories, such as Abo So (Aruba), Boys of Summer (Curaçao), Children of the Wind (Bonaire), and Peace: Memories of Anton de Kom (Netherlands/Suriname) have gone on to award-winning, international festival runs in the Caribbean, USA, Canada, Europe, and South America.
Making its debut this year at the AIFF is one of the newest additions to the Caribbean film market family. The inaugural International Film Market Aruba (IFMA) will provide its participants with the opportunity to pitch and sell their films to visiting buyers while enjoying the many beautiful amenities and delights that only Aruba can offer.