The Arpa International Film Festival took over Hollywood for week long screenings, festivities along with a closing gala. The festivities took place at the world famous Egyptian Theater. The festival began with a Opening Night Screening Party featuring recording artist Serj Tankian. His twelve new music videos from his solo album, "Elect The Dead" were shown to an audience of die hard Serj fans. Also, Emmy Award winning actor Michael Goorjian's film, "The War Prayer" and a special screening of "Parallel Cut" were just a few of the highlights of the week. The weekend ended with a closing night awards gala at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.
Hollyscoop was on hand where we presented the “2007 Best Comedic Performance Award” to actor Ken Davitian. Others that received an award included Screenwriter Mardik Martin who was greeted with a standing ovation when he received the "Lifetime Achievement Award". Academy award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo was also in attendance as she received the "Career Achievement Award". “Screamers” Director Carla Garapedian received the “ Armin T. Wegner Award” and gave the crowd an inspirational speech. Garapedian addressed the issues of human rights and encouraged all to bring awareness around the world about crimes against humanities.
It was a phenomenal event for the foundation that was established in 1995 by art patron Sylvia Minassian. The festival is dedicated to cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy, creating a dynamic forum for international cinema with a special focus on the work of filmmakers who explore the issues of Diaspora, exile, and multiculturalism. It also celebrates the ideas of independent thought, artistic vision, cultural diversity and social understanding.
To learn more about the organization log on to www.affma.org .