Arpa Celebrates 17 Years of Independent Filmakers - Honoring Mike Connors and Angela Sarafyan




Los Angeles, CA (November 3, 2014) The Arpa International Film Festival has announced the official program and selections for it’s 17th Annual International Film Festival, a 3-night premiere event. Opening night red carpet and screenings will take place at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Friday, November 14th. Arpa, per tradition, will close out the festival on Sunday, November 16th with the official award ceremony announcing Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Best Music Video, Best Director and Best Screenwriter.


The festival will showcase 50 films from over 16 countries. This years distinguished panel of judges include producer/director Marc Bienstock; VP of Production at Lotus Entertainment, Angus Sutherland; President of Feature Division at Aspire Entertainment, Campbell McInnes; Original Entertainment's Daljit DJ Parmar; Emmy Award-winning producer Stan Brooks; and award-winning filmmaker/actor Sebastian Siegel.


Two international premieres are set to capture the attention of audiences; short film Catatonia, written and directed by Karen Khosrovyan and Armenian feature film Tevanik. Jivan Avetisyan’sfilm Tevanik, captures the trials and tribulations of wartime and is told in three parts. Screening at 7:45PM on Friday evening.


Both films will open the festival on Friday evening followed by one of this year’s biggest festival circuit hits, I Believe In Unicorns, which was reviewed as one of the “biggest breakouts of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival” by Indie Wire.


Film screenings will continue at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, November 15th starting at 12:15PM in the Spielberg Theatre with gripping documentaries, Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey and You Have His Eyes. Saturday features also include Eric Boadella’s Toastmaster, starring David Hovan.


Theremin master Armen Ra recounts his dynamic journey in the documentary, When My Sorrow Died. The award-winning film mixes rare concert performances, candid interviews, and archive material with the magical power of music. Screening at 7:30PM on Saturday evening.


“What makes Robert Nazar Arjoyan's film so entertaining is that its subject loves the camera almost as much as the camera loves Armen Ra. Whether preening at home like a 1940s femme fatale or performing live in concert, Armen is very much his own creation.” -The Huffington Post


Rounding out Saturday’s centerpiece is, 37:A Final Promise, whose director Randal Batinkoffwas noted as having delivered “an affecting and involving romantic drama” by Variety. 37: A Final Promise premieres at 9:15PM inside the Rigler Theatre.


Closing the festivities on Sunday night, Arpa will show Jack Topalian’s Newlyweds before presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to actor Mike Connors and The Rising Star Award will be presented to actress Angela Sarafyan. The Arpa Foundation Award will also be presented to filmmakers and individuals whose films deal with subjugated peoples, ethnic cleansing, forced deportation, massacres and genocides.


Beyond a list of award-winning films, the festival boasts an RSVP list fit for an event at the world famous Egyptian Theatre. Evening screenings will be followed by light Mediterranean cuisine and cocktail reception.


For over 17 years, Arpa film festival continues to promote independent filmmakers, cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy in the heart of Hollywood. Through the generous support of our donors and sponsors, our yearly film festival event inspires people of all backgrounds and creates opportunities for creative expression. Arpa’s dedicated production team is committed to make a difference in fueling the global arena of independent cinema.


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