Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art (AFFMA)
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Los Angeles, California 90027
VOLUME 11, ISSUE 18
NEWS 2009 FILM FESTIVAL
And the winners are…
Congratulations to all of our filmmakers
whose films were part of
The 2009 Arpa Film Festival Official Selection!
Director Haik Gazarian’s mother accepts award for "VENEZZIA" on his behalf.
On Sunday, October 25th’s closing night award ceremony, the judge’s
selection for winners in each of the following competitive categories
Every one of these distinguished films speak to Arpa Internaional Film
Festival’s misson of showcasing films which further global compassion
Please join us in celebrating and recognizing the talented filmmakers
and supporting their work by making a donation!
BEST Documentary: Return to Mexico City
BEST Short Film: The Tangent (La Tangente)
BEST Animation:Dress Story
BEST Director: Sonbahar
BEST Screenplay: Venezzia
"Arpa Breakthrough Award 2009=80³ : Greg Lalazarian for "Chasing Tchaikovsky"
Arpa/AT&T Award for
Environmental Conservation and Stewardship was presented to Battle for
Armenian Educational Foundation (AEF) received the Arpa Foundation
Award for the film, "Because Education Matters", and for contributing
to the legacy of academic scholarship to schools around the world.
Lucy Martens and Marjorie Wright were honored with The Armin T. Wegner
Humanitarian Award for "Voices from Inside – Israelis Speak."
One of the highlights during Arpa International Film Festival’s
Closing Night Awards Gala was a serenade by Venezuelan-born musician
Ernesto Ferro. Ferro performed selections from the soundtrack of
"VENEZZIA" dedicated to the film’s director, Venezuelan-Armenian Haik
Ferro, a world-renowned musician, began playing the guitar at the edge
of eleven. During his long career in the world of music, he has had
the honor of sharing the stage with such musicians as Al Di Meola, Joe
Perry (Aerosmith), Eddie Van Halen, Les Paul, Brian May, Eros
Ramazzotti, George Benson, Ricky Martin, Soda Stereo, Paul Rodgers,
Styx and many others. For more information about Ernesto Ferro and to
hear selections of his music, please visit and
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