Arpa Foundation for Film, Music & Art

Founded in 1995 by Sylvia Minassian, the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art is a non-profit organization, formed for the purpose of promoting the arts and enhancing the cultural environment of our community by supporting artists who bridge the cultural divide, unifying diverse people and cultures through the arts.

Since its inception, Arpa Foundation has supported a spectrum of artists including writers, photographers, filmmakers, dancers, designers, actors and musicians, by staging networking events, concerts, art exhibits, book signings, fashion shows, talent shows, musical performances, lectures, forums, comedy nights, special screenings, private premiers, and most significantly staging its signature event, the Arpa International Film Festival since 1997. 



A non-profit Art organization

Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA) is a non-profit 501 (3) (c) organization.

To this date, the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art has awarded over 150 individuals with grants in support of their creative endeavors. The Founder’s passionate dedication, supported by a unique circle of volunteers, board members, staff and donors,contribute immensely to the success and growth of the organization. They each bring their energy and resources to make the foundation a strong and a worthy place for all those talented individuals to participate and share their dreams.


Arpa International Film Festival

Through its annual Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF), the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music and Art (AFFMA) has awarded industry legends, with Lifetime Achievement, Career Achievement, Humanitarian and Breakthrough Artist Awards. It has also dedicated programs to Stewardship, to GEMAI, Global Event and Media Accessibility initiative,championing inclusion for blind, deaf, and hard of hearing audiences, and also programs dedicated to Women in Film, such as presenting programs of “Artistry and Mystique in Cinema,” with film programs showcasing international women filmmakers.

Over the past 23 years, the Annual Arpa International Film Festival is dedicated to cultivating cultural understanding and global empathy by creating a dynamic forum for international cinema.

About Arpa International Film festival

2019 Festival Highlights, Winners, Honorees & Photo Galleries

2019 Festival Red Carpet Interviews