Around International Film Festival is an Independent annual event with four major live screenings for all Feature, Documentary, Short, Commercial, Music Video, Animations, Student Films, TV, Series and New Media as an IMDb Award Listing Qualifier.

Monthly Official Selections & Yearly 4 International Screenings
Monthly Festival’s library has some very remarkable award winning films from all Around the world. Your film will be viewed by the international community and will be judged by the final jury of film professionals. Filmmakers competing in festivals can submit their films online and have to share the official trailer, teaser or at least behind the scenes video. Judges and the international community will award the best films through private screenings to make the overall yearly selection.
All selected participants will get our “Official Selection” and all the winners “Official Winner Laurel” every month. Each year we select Best Of The Bests to Screen on our Annual Festival in Berlin // Amsterdam // Paris // Barcelona
Best of the Best Winners will be awarded by the ARFF International Certificate
at the Annual Award Ceremony at Berlin.
Besides the monthly and yearly curated awards of Around International Film Festival, we also present the associated awards for the exclusive winners, such as Inktip Prize Package, ECU International Mention by reference and welcoming our filmmakers at Berlinale & European Film Market regarding our participation every year as Around Films.


ARFF International

Goal of Around Film Festival is to provide homes to group of film enthusiasts who are committed in creating spaces for film industry and devoted to spreading the knowledge of the modern visual art for filmmakers to present it all in one single platform. 

All editions of ARFF International such as ARFF Berlin, ARFF Amsterdam, ARFF Paris and ARFF Barcelona are directed by Onur Yayla aka Onno Mara with the guidance of Around Films.

Christophe Karabache

June 2018
A competition of excellent standard. Great communication. High quality selections. I recommend it!

Bettina Kee

May 2018
Great festival! I warmly recommend to anyone! XXX

Agustina Caldirola

Director - March 2018
Extremely grateful for being part of this festival. It is my first experience with a personal short film and I appreciate that you value independent work. Great festival

Joaquim Haickel

March 2018
It was a great pleasure to participate in this importantre and prestigious festival!

Hugo Pinto

March 2018
Great Festival. Glad to be part of the fun.

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February 2019 Award Board

  • BEST DIRECTOR : ALL-IN – Marc Galtié (FR)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY : The Silent Soldier and the Portrait – Garland Waller (US)
  • BEST SHORT FILM : Hooked – Anthony Patellis (US)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Surviving Bokator – Mark Bochsler (CA – KH)
  • ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Gwyr: Reflections – Georgios Dimitropoulos
  • ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Antonio Norales: Garifuna Guardian – Walker Simon (US)
  • BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : VOID – Roman Villevoye (NL)
  • BEST ANIMATION : Shadowland – Bellopropello (CH)
  • BEST STUDENT FILM : Clean Up on Aisle Nine – Derrick J. Johnson (US)
Around International – Barcelona
March 2019 Selection
  • BEST DIRECTOR :  Yasmina – Claire Cahen & Ali Esmili (FR)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY : Mario Botta. The Space Beyond – Loretta Dalpozzo & Michèle Volontè (CH)
  • BEST SHORT FILM : Fashion Alibi – Burt Raynal (FR)
  • ARFF JURY AWARD : HOME – Yoshihiro Enatsu (JP)
  • ARFF GLOBE AWARD :  Colors of Resistance – Areeb Zuaiter (US – PS)
  • ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : OFUKU -separation- Sayoko Akutsu (JP)
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO : VOW – Militia Vox (US)
  • BEST ANIMATION : Beyond Us – A Last Story after the Collapse – Maxime Tiberghien (FR)
  • BEST STUDENT FILM : A Third of Good life – Tomás Maia Pinto (PT)
  • ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : Walk – Diana Cordova (PE)
Around International – Paris
March 2019 Selection
  • BEST FEATURE  FILM : Her Story – Sudipta Dey (IN)
  • BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : Keep the Fire Lit- lost tribes of Texas – Fox Redsky (US – MX)
  • BEST SHORT FILM : Love in Winter – Xian Wu (CN)
  • BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : Granny – Lam Siu Ling & Chen Wenyan & Yeung Mei Yuk (HK)
  • ARFF JURY AWARD :  Ricochet – Tim Earnheart (US)
  • BEST DIRECTOR : Lemons – Simon Werdmüller von Elgg (US)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Hidden in Darkness – Romeo López Aldana (GT)
  • ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Strangers In The Heart Of Europe – Jan Paschen (DE – SK)
  • ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDS : 31st of Decembers – James Grimley / Made In Mexico – Matt Barkin (US – MX)
  • BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : When The Silence Comes – Liang-Hsin Huang (UK)
  • BEST STUDENT FILM : Tequila Sunrise – Adam Bentley (UK)
  • ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS :  The Hunted – Benn Jae (NZ) / West Question East Answer – Dal Park (DE)
  • BEST TRAILER : Dust – Nigel Mulligan (IE)
Around International – Amsterdam
March 2019 Selection
  • BEST FEATURE FILM : Bound – Kristina Nilsson (SE)
  • BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY :  Karl Berger – Music Mind – Julian Benedikt (DE)
  • BEST SHORT FILM : Tickle My Pickle – Greta Grini?t? (LT)
  • BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY : tattooOUTside – Vlad Baranov (RU)
  • ARFF JURY AWARD : Möbius Bond – Emilija Riviere (LT)
  • BEST DIRECTOR : The Tattooed Heart – Sheldon Wong Schwartz (US)
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : No Fear – Kristina Lipatov (DE)
  • ARFF GLOBE AWARDS :  JUS+ LIKE ME – Samuel Douek (UK) / Human Holes – Paul Henschel (DE)
  • ARFF AUDIENCE AWARDs : The Drifting Post – Kento Shimizu (JP) / One Day Ahead – Matthew Jenke (NZ)
  • BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Dive Odyssey – Janne Kasperi Suhonen (FI)
  • BEST STUDENT FILM : GREY. – Romane Edinger (FR)
  • ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTION : A Better Place – David Eduardo Renteria Rodríguez (MX)
Around International – Berlin
March 2019 Selection