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The Aruba International Film Festival wants to provide opportunities for emerging and established film professionals to gain new insights into motion picture production, performance and distribution. This year we’ll be providing a series of workshops that will take place from OCTOBER 5-7.

Application is required for all workshops. A limited number of slots are available for each workshop. More information can be found in the sections below and on each application form. Accepted entrants will be confirmed via email and will be able to pay their fees at the AIFF Office at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall as of October 1.


Making a film is one thing, but raising money for your film, pitching, and then distributing your film is a very complex (and often frustrating) process. Over the course of 3 mornings, we will talk through all the basics including: fundraising, using social media to your advantage, pitching, distribution and outreach. We will focus on pitching for small and large audiences and everyone will get a chance to pitch and refine their pitch during the workshop. Come learn and listen during this workshop and leave feeling more confident and knowledgeable about the entire filmmaking process.

This workshop is for ages 16 or older, and is limited to 25 participants.

Dates: October 5 – October 7, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Place: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort
Fee: US$50

Registration has now closed.  Thank you for your interest.  All accepted participants will be notified by email.

Instructors: Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

LEAH WARSHAWSKI specializes in producing/directing documentary-style features, television shows, commercials, and branded content in remote parts of the world. She has a BA in Japanese language from the University of Hawaii and her first feature film FINDING HILLYWOOD (2013) won six awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Documentary Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 film festivals. Before developing FINDING HILLYWOOD, Leah worked in Hawaii in the marine department for major features and shows on the water including LOST and HAWAII. She is currently co-directing and producing BIG SONIA and co-ep for a feature documentary about the “personhood” movement in America called PERSONHOOD (2016), and she consults with filmmakers about outreach, marketing and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Leah co-founded (and currently manages) ““, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers and a tool to help grow the film economy in East Africa. This site is supported by a number of international partners including Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) and The Academy of Motion Pictures. This year (2014) Leah served on a number of festival panels and juries including the Heartland Film Festival and received a “VERA” award for “Connector of The Year” from Bpeace. She was also named of the the “5 Women To Watch” by the JT News in Seattle (Oct. 2014).

Todd Soliday
TODD SOLIDAY has directed, shot, edited and posted feature films, corporate brand films (Starbucks, Microsoft, T-Mobile, etc), and music documentaries for major networks and companies. Avid snowboarder, mountain biker, vintage collector, adventure-seeker, and world traveler, Todd’s true passion is documentary storytelling. Recent projects include FINDING HILLYWOOD (2013 feature doc), PLATINUM: THE MT. BAKER LEGENDARY BANKED SLALOM (2007 feature doc) and VOYAGE: ALONE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC (2006 series and pilot). He is currently editing BIG SONIA and just finished editing a feature documentary about the lottery system in America called OUT OF LUCK (2015). He also animated graphics for THE BREACH (2014) that had its world premiere earlier this year. For samples of his work please visit


Are you passionate about acting and 18 years or older? Have you acted before and would like to expand your knowledge of the acting craft? During 3 fun-filled and productive afternoons, you will learn script analysis and delve into a plethora of specialized acting techniques. During the workshop, you may be asked to share examples of your previous acting work, if available.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Please note that participation is not guaranteed. Selection will be based on a 100-word essay that has to be submitted with your application, explaining your motivation to participate.

Dates: October 5 – October 7, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Place: Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort
Fee: US$75

Registration ended on September 27, 2015.  Thank you for your interest.  All accepted participants will be notified by email.

Instructor: Olga Gabrielle van Bochove

Olga Gabrielle
Born and raised in Aruba, OLGA GABRIELLE VAN BOCHOVE received her MA in dramatic arts at the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia. As one of only fifteen Ivana Chubbuck-accredited acting instructors worldwide, Olga teaches private classes to professional actors. Van Bochove’s film credits include Tactica, El Amanecer (directed by Yesid Moreno), and the short film Joe II (directed by Juan Pablo Aristizábal).