Everything You Need to Know About Arpa IFF 2016

Your brief guide with key facts

The 19th Annual Arpa International Film Festival will showcase four days of independent cinema from filmmakers worldwide, commencing Opening Night on November 3rd. The best way to get the most out of the festival is to purchase an All-Access Gold Pass which gets you into all 56 screenings, Q&A sessions, private VIP receptions with food and ArmAs Estate wine, and the coveted Awards Ceremony.


November 3-6, 2016


Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028


Just click on this link to get the lineup of all of the screenings and easy access to ordering tickets.

Tickets and Passes


Purchasing tickets is easy with our Arpa IFF Box Office page on ItsMySeat.com. We offer individual (General Admission) tickets per screening and for the evening programs (which includes a reception): Opening Night, Premiere Night, Centerpiece Night, and Closing Night. The All-Access Gold Passes gives you admission to any film and reception throughout the four-day festival.

We have grown accustomed to a sold out opening night, and with the caliber of films and number of premieres we are screening this year we expect tickets to go fast! All you need to do is click any “Buy” tickets link next to your desired screening and you will be redirected to a secure payment page.

The type of tickets you can purchase are as follows:

All-Access Gold Pass $150 — Admission to all screenings, Q&A sessions, the Awards Ceremony, and all private receptions throughout the entire weekend.

Friday All-Access Pass $40 — Admission to all screenings on Friday, November 4.

Saturday All-Access Pass $60 — Admission to all screenings on Saturday, November 5.

Sunday All-Access Pass $60 — Admission to all screenings on Sunday, November 6.

Opening Night (Thursday) evening program $40 — Special Presentation of a Behind-The-Scenes look at the feature film The Promise with producers Eric Esrailian and Mike Medavoy. Followed by the Opening Night feature film, Bravo, Virtuoso!, Q&A session, and post-screening reception.

Premiere Night (Friday) evening program $30 — feature film Hot Country, Cold Winter, followed by a Q&A session, and post-screening reception.

Centerpiece (Saturday) evening program $30 — feature film screening of Somewhere Beautiful, followed by a Q&A session, and post-screening reception.

Closing Night (Sunday) evening program: Screening & Awards Ceremony $40 — short film presentation of Born With It immediately followed by the Awards Ceremony and Post-Awards Celebratory Reception in the courtyard under the stars.

General Admission $15 — for admission to one feature, documentary or short film screening; excluding Opening Night, Premiere Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night programs.

2016 Nominees

BEST FEATURE FILMarpaiff_2016_best_feature_film_nominee

Bravo, Virtuoso! (2016) | 92 min. | France, Armenia | Director: Levon Minasian

Good Morning (2016) | 104 min. | Armenia | Director: Anna Arevshatyan

Hot Country, Cold Winter (2016) | 104 min. | Armenia | Director: David Safarian

Lost in Armenia (2016) | 90 min. | France | Director: Serge Avedikian

Somewhere Beautiful (2014) | 84 min.| USA, Argentina | Director: Albert Kodagolian

The Weather Inside (2015) | 100 min. | Germany | Director: Isabelle Stever

Train Driver’s Diary (2016) | 88 min. | Serbia | Director: Milos Radovic

We Will Be the World Champions (2015) | 127 min. | Serbia | Director: Darko Bajic

Welkome Home (2014) | 115 min. | Russia | Director: Angelina Nikonova

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILMarpaiff_2016_best_documentary_film_nominee

Albert’s Way (2015) | Serbia | 59 min. | Director: Predrag Bambic

K2 and The Invisible Footmen (2015) | Pakistan, USA, | 54 min. | Director: Lara Lee

Killing Ed (2016) | USA | 94 min. | Director: Mark Hall

Out of Fashion (2015) | Estonia | 58 min. | Director: Lenard Laberenz

Resident Forever (2015) | Armenia, France, South Korea | 91 min. | Director: Lyang Kim

Russia as Phantasma (2016) | Russia | 71 min. | Director: Andrey Silvestrov, Daniil Zinchenko, and many others

The Other Side of Home (2015) | USA | 41 min. | Director: Naré Mkrtchyan

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILMarpaiff_2016_best_animated_short_film_nominee

Anna (2015) | France | Director: Alexia Rubod, and many others

Daewit (Däwit) (2015) | Germany | Director: David Jansen

Junk Girl (2014) | Iran | Director: Mohammad Zare

Lazy Huri (2014) | Armenia | Director: Artur Mikayelyan


3000 (2015) | Australia, Greece | Director: Antonis Tsonis

arpaiff_2016_best_short_film_nomineeBalcony (2015) | United Kingdom | Director: Toby Fell-Holden

Bluey (2015) | Australia | Director: Darlene Johnson

Born With It (2015) | Japan | Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour

Cain’s Shadow (2016) | Italy | Director: Antonio De Palo

Caps (2016) | USA | Director: Lola Ridgell

Hard Pack (2016) | USA | Director: Emmanuelle Pickett

Home (2016) | Kosovo, United Kingdom | Director: Daniel Mulloy

Millennium: Eternal Sunrise (2015) | USA | Director: Vlad Aksenov

Touch (2015) | USA | Director: Lulu Wang

Tranquility of Blood (2015) | Finland | Director: Senad Sahmanovic

Two Sisters (2015) | USA, South Korea | Director: Keola Racela

Zaar (2016) | USA | Director: Ibrahim Nada

BEST DIRECTORarpaiff_2016_best_director_nominee

Levon Minasian | Bravo, Virtuoso!

Anna Arevshatyan | Good Morning

David Safarian | Hot Country, Cold Winter

Serge Avedikian |  Lost in Armenia

Albert Kodagolian | Somewhere Beautiful

Isabelle Stever | The Weather Inside

Milos Radovic | Train Driver’s Diary

Darko Bajic | We Will Be the World Champions

Angelina Nikonova | Welkome Home

BEST SCREENPLAYarpaiff_2016_best_screenplay_nominee

Levon Minasian | Bravo, Virtuoso!

Sevada Grigoryan | Good Morning

David Safarian, Yana Druz | Hot Country, Cold Winter

Serge Avedikian, Jean-Francoise Derec |  Lost in Armenia

Matthew Bedard, Jimmy Kelly, Albert Kodagolian | Somewhere Beautiful

Isabelle Stever | The Weather Inside

Milos Radovic | Train Driver’s Diary

Nebojsa Romcevic, Ognjen Svilicic | We Will Be the World Champions

Angelina Nikonova, Olga Dihovichnaya | Welkome Home


Awards Ceremony Highlights






Heather McComb, Master of Ceremonies

mc_heather_mccombHeather McComb is an American actress and producer who made her film debut as the lead in Francis Ford Coppola’s New York Stories. Since then, she’s continued to work with some of today’s most acclaimed directors including David Gordon Green, Bryan Singer, Martha Coolidge and Wayne Wang. Heather’s feature film credits include Apt Pupil, Silver Skies, Oceans of Pearls, as well as several movies that have screened in competition at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival including: All the Real Girls, God’s Lonely Man, and Steel City. Heather’s also had memorable roles on many notable television shows including: Prison Break, House M.D., CSI, Rizzoli and Isles, The Mentalist, Castle and Shameless to name a few – as well as being cast on the critically-acclaimed NBC show The Event, portraying FBI Agent Angela Collier. She is best known for her work on Showtime’s breakout hit Ray Donovan, where she played Patty. In addition to her television work, Heather recently starred in the upcoming independent films Day of Reckoning, An Inherited Life, Girl Followed, and Battle Scars, which she also produced.


Danny Buday

Danny Buday wrote and directed the feature film Battle Scars, starring Zane Holtz, Heather McComb, Ryan Eggold, Fairuza Balk and David James Elliott. Battle Scars world premiered and won the Founders’ Choice Award at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington D.C. Danny also wrote and directed the feature film 5 Star Day, starring Cam Gigandet and Jena Malone. 5 Star Day won the Jury Award for Best Feature at the Stony Brook Film Festival in New York and was the Opening Night Gala Film at the Newport Beach Film Festival. In addition, 5 Star Day was the Closing Night Film of the Beverly Hills Film and New Media Festival, where Danny received the award for Best Directorial Debut of a Feature Film. Danny is a graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) masters directing program. He wrote, directed, and composed the score for the award-winning AFI thesis film Dependency, which was recognized as an official selection of the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the Camerimage International Film Festival and voted Best Student Film at the Dallas Deep Ellum Film Festival. Danny also directed a second thesis film for AFI, a 1940’s musical entitled The Name Of The Game. Danny has an MFA in Directing from AFI and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from California State University at Long Beach. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Eric Esrailian

eric_esrailian_presenterDr. Eric Esrailian is the co-manager and lead producer for Survival Pictures. Survival Pictures. With a mission of creating specific and unique content with social impact, Esrailian and the team at Survival Pictures developed and produced “The Promise” with Mike Medavoy and Phoenix Pictures. In addition to being the Co-Chief of the UCLA Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, Esrailian is closely involved in growth strategy and strategic planning efforts for UCLA Health. He is also actively working in behalf of the entire university and the Chancellor’s office to facilitate community engagement with a number of other deans, schools, and departments within the campus and its Los Angeles community partners. In 2012, the School of Medicine awarded him the Lincy Foundation Chair in Clinical Gastroenterology.

Esrailian serves on several charitable boards including the Fulfillment Fund, the Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas, the Hammer Museum, the XPRIZE Foundation, and The Center for Early Education. Inspired by his mentors at Survival Pictures, and by his training in medicine and public health, he has worked to create a bridge between the arts and social impact – particularly for populations and risk and in the area of human rights. In addition to his work with the public programs at the Hammer Museum, he is on the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and he is involved with the development of the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment — with the goal of working to develop new programs to impact student and faculty experiences and their future careers in entertainment and the arts. Over the years, he has also become closely engaged with efforts to provide healthcare and social services to members of the entertainment industry. In 2016, he was asked to join the inaugural Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) Foundation Board of Governors by Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Karen Kondazian

presenter_karen_kondazianKaren Kondazian’s career as an actor started at the age of eight when she was chosen to be one of the infamous children on Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Things. The opportunity to miss school during tapings was all it took for Karen to abandon her life’s goal of becoming a spy and focus on acting. She was born in Boston, attended The University of Vienna and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, after which she began her acting career in New York. Her first professional work was in Michael Cacoyannis’ The Trojan Women. She later won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo. Williams, after seeing her work in Tattoo, was so impressed that he gave her carte blanche to produce any of his plays in his lifetime. Her other award-winning performances of Williams include Sweet Bird of Youth (with Ed Harris) and Vieux Carre. At the Fountain Theatre, Kondazian has starred in Williams’ Orpheus Descending, Night of the Iguana, and Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore… plus Maria Callas in Terrence McNally’s Master Class. On television, she appeared as a series regular lead in CBS’s Shannon, and guest starred in over 50 television shows and films including: James Dean (with James Franco) and Yes Giorgio (with Luciano Pavarotti). She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Kondazian is also a multi-award winning novelist. Her debut novel, The Whip, based on a true story, won a USA News Book Award, among others.

Victor Loyola


Victor Loyola Director of Development, is working with the University of Guadalajara Foundation USA, they organized the film festival FICG in LA that is a window into the world of contemporary Mexican and Ibero-American cinema and it is an extension of the Guadalajara Film Festival one of the biggest film festival in Latin America. The goal of the festival is to increase access and visibility of Mexican and Ibero-American cinema; facilitate the exchange of ideas through storytelling and socially relevant themes; create a bridge between film industries in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada; spark new collaborations among international filmmakers and strengthen the presence of Mexican and Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., as well as in other parts of the world.


Jelena Mrdja

presenter_jelena_mrdjaJelena Mrdja, an accomplished Serbian film and theater actress had moved to the US following the great success of the movie “Here and There” awarded at a prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York City after which she continued building a successful acting career with projects such as a critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show “Review” directed by the Emmy winner Jeffrey Blitz as well with one of the leading roles in the SF epic series of films Space Command created by the veteran Marc Zicree starring legendary Doug Jones, Robert Picardo, Mira Furlan and Bill Mummy.




Mariana Novak

presenter_mariana_novakMariana Novak is an actress/voice talent based in Los Angeles. Her recent credits include NBC Pilot “Me and Mean Margaret” (2016), “The Penal Colony” (2016), and “Flesh and Blood” (2016). In her spare time she trains in muay thai, does yoga, and works as a casting director for friends and great projects.





Jon Stahl

jon_stahl_presenterJon Stahl is a screenwriter, a screenwriting professor, and the chair of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge. He was staff director for WBNG-TV, a CBS affiliate in New York State, where he wrote, directed, and co-produced an hour-long special about baseball that won awards from the National Association of Broadcasters and the New York State Broadcasters’ Association. Jon’s feature-length scripts have been optioned by producers such as David Foster (The River Wild, McCabe and Mrs. Miller), Cari-Esta Albert (The Truth About Cats And Dogs), and Meg Ryan’s Prufrock Pictures. Altschuler Krinsky Works (Silicon Valley, Lopez) has optioned a half-hour comedy series that Jon created, and his award-winning web series, Live the Dream, is in development with DFM Media. Jon’s recent feature screenplay Park Avenue Baseball placed first in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts faculty scriptwriting competition, and was named “Best of Festival.” He has been honored with the CSUN Distinguished Faculty Award and the CSUN Ambassadors’ Polished Apple Award.

Angus Sutherland

affma_advisor_sutherlandAngus Sutherland is a Vice President of Production and Development at Lotus Entertainment. Sutherland has over ten years of experience in the entertainment industry. He started his career at Spitfire Pictures, working on the production of such films as the Academy Award winning documentary “Undefeated,” Grammy Award winner “Back and Forth,” and Emmy Award winner “George Harrison: Loving in the Material World.” Angus moved on to work in international and domestic distribution and sales at Exclusive Media, where he helped bring such titles as “The Women in Black,” “End of Watch,” and “Rush to Screen.”



Katherine Vallin

presenter_katherine_vallinOne could describe Katherine Vallin as a film generalist. She specializes in the cultural interaction between the French and the American artistic milieu overlapping the spheres of art and business. She has played a number of roles in filmmaking as a production designer as well as a moderator and interpreter for film actors and directors, both on stage and in the business of film negotiations with some of Hollywood’s elite. If the idea of attending a film festival Awards Ceremony awakens in us the notion of old world elegance and excitement, Katherine’s persona adds just the right personal touch.




Basil Wallace

affma_advisor_wallaceBasil Wallace – A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Basil grew up in New York. He attended Hempstead High School. He decided that he wanted a life in theater. His lifetime break came about when he auditioned for a Broadway play, “Front Page” starring Henry Ford, Estelle Parsons and Robert Ryan, and got the part. Wallace applied to Yale and NYU, and he was accepted by both Universities but he chose NYU because of its location and Lloyd Richards, famed ” A Raisin in the Sun” director, who was teaching there at the time. The same summer, he was selected by Ellen Stewart of La Mama ETC. (Experimental Theater Co.) to become a member of her theater. He is now a lifetime member. For the next 20 years, Basil worked as an actor, director and writer in the theater. He also taught theater aesthetics for Lincoln Center for ten years, was the Director of Drama for School District 13 in the Bronx, NY, and Director of Mini-Mobile Theater for two years. Mr. Wallace is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Caribbean American Repertory Theater. He also was director of the Yard Bird Players for three years.


Mary Basmadjian

mary_2016_comedianMary Basmadjian is a stand-up comic and actor. She is best known for her outspoken and hilarious  jokes and Instagram videos. She was most recently on the Armenian sitcom Moto Loto on US Armenia television. She can be seen at comedy clubs throughout Los Angeles. Mary will also be performing for AGBU in Oakland on November 19th. Starting January 8th, she will have a new monthly stand-up show titled Mary Basmadjian Presents: Armenian AllStars at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank.




Arman Oganesyan

arman_2016_comedianArman Oganesyan is an Armenian American actor comedian represented by Daniel Hoff agency. Arman was born in Armenia but moved to the United States at a very young age, he started pursuing acting professionally at the age of 15 after many years of studying the craft, He soon became a local celebrity because of six second vine videos, later taking the recognition and using it to appear in multiple national commercials, music videos, TV shows and Stand up comedy shows.





Nanor Mardirossian

trophy_girl_nanor_mardirossianNanor Mardirossian was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She recently graduated from Casa Loma College as a diagnostic medical sonographer and is currently working as an ultrasound technician. Prior to her academic and professional success, she dedicated 18 years of her life to the Hamazkayin Nairi Dance ensemble. Not only does dancing keeps Nanor connected to her Armenian roots and heritage, but it shows her commitment to the Armenian community. Nanor has also been a member of the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) and Homentmen Massis scouts. Nanor’s love for the arts blossoms with the Armenian community and she plans to continue her active participation in the upcoming years.




Maria Elena Infantino

2016_maria_elena_infantinoMaria Elena Infantino is an international singer and actress , who studied acting at the Academy of Live and recorded Arts in London. However her debut was in front of 5.250 people at the Royal Albert hall , with Dame Shirley Bassey for the Beatles 50th anniversary! She then created her one woman show on Edith Piaf that’s world acclaimed. Her most recent credits are: A concert in May 2016 with Maestro Andrea Morricone ( Ennio Morricone’s son) at Palazzo Della Cancelleria , which is the Vatican’s tribunal, in Rome! August 24th, Maria Elena sang for the special award ceremony in Stockholm at the grand hotel , for SVIV , Swedish Worldwide organization. The award recipient of the year was Steffan de Mistura , who’s Italian / Swedish and runs Villa San Michele in Capri, and is also a diplomat in charge of peace dealings with Syria. Princess Christina of Sweden was there to present the award. She’s currently involved in helping through a music project, dear friend CNN hero, chef Bruno Serato, who feeds 1.500 motel kids a DAY, with pasta. She received The Vocal Achievement award , from the international arts association, at the saban theatre on October 16th 2016.



Where do I park?

We do not endorse any particular parking facility, however there are many parking lots within walking distance of the Egyptian Theatre. The Egyptian does not validate for any parking lot.

Is there public transportation to the Egyptian Theatre?

Yes, Metro provides bus and rail transportation. The Metro Red Line Hollywood/Highland Station is one block away. The Egyptian Theater is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028.

Where at the Egyptian Theatre may I buy tickets and/or pick up passes/tickets that I purchased online?

At the box office.

Do I have to purchase passes or tickets online?

The following tickets may be purchased at the Egyptian Theatre’s box office: General Admission, Evening Program, Saturday All-Access, and Sunday All-Access. However, the All-Access Gold Passes may be purchased at the box office only on November 3.

Is there a service fee when purchasing tickets online?

There is a two dollar ($2) service fee for all Evening Program tickets and each General Admission ticket purchased online via our Arpa IFF Box Office.

When purchasing tickets at the box office are additional fees tacked on?


What methods of payment are accepted at the box office?

Cash and major credit cards are excepted.

Will non-alcoholic beverages be served at the evening program ticketed receptions?


Is the Egyptian Theatre ADA accessible?