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The 2022 Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) presents "Voices of Our Youth," its annual program of films by students, at noon Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Capitol Theatre.

At its annual awards ceremony after the films are shown, industry professionals rub elbows with talented young filmmakers -- local and worldwide, including Canada, India, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia and the United States. AIFF judges have vetted the student submissions, assessing the categories that comprise filmmaking -- the script, editing, sound, camera and directing.

Here are this year's student films:

"The New Everyday Life" by Isak Laestadius, André Palm, Jakob Larsson | 6 minutes | Documentary | Dance | 2021 | Sweden | U.S. bremiere

Young girls dance in an old sanatorium to represent their emotions during pandemic times.

"The Hill We Climb" by Students in Wide Angle | 2 min | Narrative | Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore | New England premiere

Students in Wide Angle's Virtual Event Planning class created a collaborative artistic work surrounding Amanda Gorman's poem, "The Hill We Climb," which represented everything the students believed in. Students created and narrated the piece using a combination of student-filmed and stock footage.


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"Internet" by XXXX | 10 min | Experimental | 2021 | Florida Film Institute | Mass Premiere Best Experimental

A man invents the Internet with the help of an otherworldly force. But he soon learns that not all is what it seems.

"Caco" by Alba Carrera | 4 min | Animation | 2022 | Spain | U.S. premiere | Best Animation | US Premiere | Sponsored by Lesley Ellis School, Arlington, MA

What would happen if Caco, the raccoon, wanted to steal the world's biggest diamond? This short film of stop-motion animation was created by the students of the Audiovisual Media Degree of the Techno Campus.

Inner Workings by Cara Davidson | 10 min | Doc | The Rep Project | CA, US | Best Cinematography, Honorable Mention Editing | New England Premiere
In this short film, Cara opens about her experience with depression and body dysmorphia. She explores how mental health struggles manifest for others in Generation Z, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuffed by Brendan Patrick Egan | 9 min | Horror/Comedy | 2021 Boston | Mass Premiere | Best Documentary | Sponsored by Hunt's Photo and Video
A teenage boy is hired to babysit a disturbingly quiet child.

I have a dream, a movie dream by ShiJie Weng | 8 min | Docufiction | Spain | 2021 | World Premiere | Best of Festival
Sponsored by MATV/UMA, Malden, MA
We all have a dream but not always the possibility of making it true. Even so, we must have the courage and maturity to try to achieve it.

The Barn & The Birdhouse by Casey Lockledge, Jack Malin, Murray Susen | 5 min | Drama | 2021 | Light House Studio | US | Mass Premiere | Best Narrative | Sponsored by KUMON, Arlington, MA
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A birdhouse leads to an unexpected romantic encounter.
Awards: 2021 Jury Award at the Adrenaline Film Project, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Light Box by Hamadi Sallami | 4 min | Horror | Tunisia | 2022 | US Premiere
In a frame of horror and mystery, the heroine falls asleep; when strange sounds occur, she wakes up and discovers that a ghost is trying to chase her.
Awards: Best Director, Ciné Bardo Festival, Tunisia, 2022,

The Bridge by Shreya Mehta and Calvin Clizer | 7 min | Documentary | The Rep Project | CA, US | New England Premiere | Best Historical
In one Eastern Washington city, there is a long history of segregation. Through the decades, the Tri-Cities has existed as a farm region, a plutonium producer for WWII, and a sundown town dubbed the “Birmingham of Washington” by the NAACP. While racial segregation is no longer overt, today it silently separates the odd amalgamation of Ph.D. scientists, migrant farmworkers, and white nationalists in the region. By exploring her city's history, one woman gains a further understanding of identity by piecing together the messy history before her.

Shelved by Max Mitchell | 6 min | Documentary | Steelton Film Academy, PA, US | 2021 | New England Premiere
A lighthearted documentary about the challenges two young filmmakers faced while making a film in only 48 hours.

Honorable Mentions

Respectful Vampires of the Greater Boston Area by Ari Klawans | 10 min | Documentary | Natick | 2022 | Boston Premiere | Honorable Mention Screenplay | Sponsored by RUSSIAN SCHOOL OF MATH

Astoria by XXX | 8 min | 2021 | Florida Film Institute, US | New England Premiere | Originality | Sponsored by Arlington Community Media, Inc (ACMi), Arlington, MA
A small fairy gets trapped in a glass jar by a human girl, and in an unexpected twist of events ends up finding herself a victim of unrequited love.

Letter to The Ocean by Paige Bettencourt | 2 min | Documentary | 2022 | Fairhaven High School, MA | New England Premiere
A girl struggling with anxiety discovers a letter in a bottle about how no one is alone in how they feel.

Voices in Our Heads by Brendan Egan | 4 min 12 sec | Narrative/Comedy | 2021 | Boston, MA
A couple go on a blind date, only to be haunted by the verbal embodiment of their fears and anxieties.

Distractions by Maya Jai Pinson | 7 min | Documentary | Maryland, US New England Premiere | Best Director and Technical Skills | Sponsored by |
While driving to a party, Tay Lee's focus is on everything but the road.

The Hole by Piotr Kaźmierczak | 3 min | Animation | Poland | 2021 | US Premiere | Honorable Mention Sound
A short story about struggling with lack, emptiness, loneliness.

The Locket by Alexander Coleman | 2 min | Animation | 2021 | Vancouver, Canada | New England Premiere |
A short, animated film about a mischievous magpie who lives in the forest. One day, she steals something shiny from a cat, but feels sorry when she realizes how important the object is.

Munna by Adith Krishna Chempath, Rayees Jaffer, Abhijith Sasidharan | 8 min | Narrative | 2020 | India | US Premiere
Munna is a short film about feminism in our society and transgender issues.

This news announcement was published INSERT DATE, 2022, based on information from AIFF. YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase prepared it for publication.