Aruba launches film festival

Variety reports that Aruba is the latest country to jump into the film fest pool. The Aruba International Film Festival will bow June 4-10 at the Radisson Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach. The island-based fest is headed by Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira with Claudio Masenza acting as artistic director. The fest will feature 20 to 30 films, focusing mainly on independent films. Workshops, panels and discussions are in the works, as well. More details on the fest will be announced in the coming weeks.

Commented Minister of Tourism, Labor and Transportation Mr. Otmar Oduber, “The Aruba International Film Festival will contribute to furthering international recognition for Aruba and raise our stature to a level we desire. AIFF will be a momentous event, targeting new visitors from many regions of the world, enriching our tourism industry, and helping to develop and support our own talent. The “Aruba” experience will exceed the expectations of visitors, with our high quality resorts, exquisite cuisine and genuinely hospitable people.”

The festival will serve as a platform to promote the understanding and appreciation for the art of cinema and filmmaking. With participants enjoying a relaxed Aruban ambiance, AIFF will promote a more casual interaction between filmmakers and audience, making the film festival incredibly friendly and accessible to all participants.

The annual AIFF will bring participants from around the world to view a wide selection of films, join in discussions, take part in workshops and panels, and attend special parties and events. Actors, directors, producers, writers, industry executives and media will converge on the island to experience firsthand what has made Aruba the destination of choice for the many loyal visitors who return to the island year after year.

Backed by government funding and generous sponsor donations, AIFF is being organized by local film producing company Aruba Film Productions.

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