ABOUT AROUND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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.

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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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January 2019 Award Board

BEST DIRECTOR :  “No news” – Miguel Berzal de Miguel (ES)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Ballet and Bullets: Dancing Out of the Favela – Frederick Bernas & Rayan Hindi (BR)

BEST SHORT FILM : Stealth – Astor Stark (KR)

ARFF JURY AWARD : Chances Equality – Lane Forbes (FR)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Le sourire de l’aube – Noureddine Ayouch (MA)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD :  Life! – Ramesh Jai (GH)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : 2 Nations, 1 Obsession – Peter Dickson (AU)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Asanawa-The art of Shibari – Assi Sultan Sultan (AU)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Goldfingers – Iliona Blanc (FR)

BEST ANIMATION : Loving is not Owning – Carolina Melis (IT)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Wild Butterfly – Yuen Ching Yip (CN)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Lalo’s House – Kelley Kali (HT – US) & Chew You – Yonatan Elkayam (US)

BEST TRAILER : The Killer Postman –  Micah Ellars (US)

Around International – Paris
January 2019 Selection

BEST FEATURE FILM : Time Out – Matti Kinnunen (FI)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY : LOVE IS TOLERANCE – TOLERANCE IS LOVE – Hubertus Hoffmann (DE)

BEST SHORT FILM : Thirsty in the Tank – Melisa ?ahin (TR)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY :  From The Afghan People For Americans – Esther Hyneman (US)

ARFF JURY AWARD : Make Europe Great Again – Ike Novikoff & Cilla Mattheiszen (UK – FI)

BEST DIRECTOR : Coming Home – Russell Leadbeater (AU)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : The Wait is Done – Anthony Venitis (GR)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Round – Hasty Mohammai (AE)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Burying Mitchell – Sam Williamson (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Jump – Clea van der Grijn (IE)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Catching Glimpse – Mirko Witzki (DE)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : The First Year of Its Reign – Zixuan Zhu (HK) & Chodakowski sisters – Ramune Kudzmanaite (LT)

BEST TRAILER : Dust – Nigel Mulligan (IE)

Around International – Amsterdam
January 2019 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : Made in The Wild – Mario Giua Marassi (IT)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : The Mountain Pact – Manuele Cecconello (IT)

BEST SHORT FILM : The Paper Window – Hongsuk Han (KR)

ARFF JURY AWARD : Breathe Life – Ricky Kej – Lonnie Park – Dominic D’Cruz / dir: Sairam Sagiraju (IN)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : The Barcelona Experiment – Mimi Thian / dir: Triffany Leo (ES – MY)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : One With Earth Song – Ricky Kej – Alexis D’Souza / dir: Sairam Sagiraju (IN)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : Global Dance Heroes – Global Inspiration! – Teresa Taylor (US)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Monk – Aly Rose (CN)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Raabta – Yeva Deli (UK – IS)

BEST ANIMATION : Don’t Feed These Animals – Guilherme Afonso & Miguel Madaíl de Freitas (PT)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Marion – Robert Piel (DE)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Regret – Anas Mohamed Awal (ML)  & Bartók – Jozsef Sipos (HU)

BEST TRAILER : Vikings Now – Gemma Laurelle & Adrian Castro (AU)

Around International – Barcelona
January 2019 Selection

BEST DIRECTOR : “No news” – Miguel Berzal de Miguel (ES)

BEST DOCUMENTARY : Ballet and Bullets: Dancing Out of the Favela – Frederick Bernas & Rayan Hindi (BR)

BEST SHORT FILM : Stealth – Astor Stark (KR)

ARFF JURY AWARD : Chances Equality – Lane Forbes (FR)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY : Le sourire de l’aube – Noureddine Ayouch (MA)

ARFF GLOBE AWARD : Life! – Ramesh Jai (GH)

ARFF AUDIENCE AWARD : 2 Nations, 1 Obsession – Peter Dickson (AU)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM : Asanawa-The art of Shibari – Assi Sultan Sultan (AU)

BEST MUSIC VIDEO : Goldfingers – Iliona Blanc (FR)

BEST ANIMATION : Loving is not Owning – Carolina Melis (IT)

BEST STUDENT FILM : Wild Butterfly – Yuen Ching Yip (CN)

ARFF INTERNATIONAL MENTIONS : Lalo’s House – Kelley Kali (HT – US) & Chew You – Yonatan Elkayam (US)

BEST TRAILER : The Killer Postman – Micah Ellars (US)

Around International – Berlin
January 2019 Selection