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The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is auctioning off three drawings from the late Karen Aqua's animated 1997 film "Ground Zero/Sacred Ground" as a fund-raiser.

"Ground Zero/Sacred Ground" comprises nearly 13,000 individual hand-drawn frames. Over the years, AIFF has screened several of her films, including "Ground Zero/Sacred Ground."

AIFF, a nonprofit, now is presenting a group of three of these frames, executed in pastel, for auction. Ken Field, long-time AIFF supporter and husband of Aqua (1954-2011), donated this package of art works to AIFF, a nonprofit organization.

Film lovers may watch the film itself at To learn more about Karen and Ken’s connection to AIFF in the video at the bottom of the page at Bidding is open until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 19, according to AIFF.

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AIFF says that the winning bidder will be contacted Wednesday, Dec. 20.


1 Pastel

15” x 11.5” (print)
21.25” x 17.25” (frame with mat)

2 Pastels

10.25” x 13.25” (print)
20.5” x 16.5” (frame with mat)

The requested procedure: Visit the AIFF website,, watch "Ground Zero/Sacred Ground," view the frames being sold and place a bid.

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This announcement was published Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, based on information from April Ranck and Alberto Guzman, the heads of the Arlington International Film Festival, and updated most recently Dec. 18, 2023.