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Written By: Marcelle - Nov• 01•18


Special Screening of Monday Nights at Seven starring Edward James Olmos and Mary Apick

– Red Carpet & Reception: 6:00 PM

– Program Start: 8:00 PM

– Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Edward James Olmos after the screening

– Reception in the courtyard continues after the screening

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Honorees include TV legend Ed Asner – Icon Award, Producer Natalie Qasabian (Searching film) – Rising Star Award, Italian actress Sveva Alviti (Dalida film) – Career Achievement Award

– Red Carpet & Reception: 6:00 PM

– Doors Open 7:30 PM

– Program Start 8:00 PM

See live photos on Facebook & Instagram

IFF 2018 to Showcase InspiringArpa International Film Festival wrote:

Lineup of Films from Around the World

Edward James Olmos, Ed Asner,
Natalie Qasabian, Sveva Alviti Among This Year’s Honorees

HOLLYWOOD—The 21st Annual Arpa International Film Festival (Arpa IFF), being held at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre from November 2 to 4, has announced the lineup of 46 films from 17 countries being screened this year. Arpa IFF will once again highlight a diverse range of films that explore themes such as genocide, war, feminism, family dynamics, environmentalism, music, art, adoption, intersectional identities, and LGBTQ issues.

Honorees this year include:

Edward James Olmos – Lifetime Achievement Award
Academy Award-nominated actor/producer (Stand and Deliver, American Me, Selena, Miami Vice, The Burning Season, Battlestar Galactica, Mayans MC)
*Opening Night – Friday 11/2

Ed Asner – Icon Award
Television legend with 7 Emmy Awards (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Roots)
*Awards Ceremony on Sunday 11/4

Natalie Qasabian – Rising Star Award
Producer (Searching, All About Nina, Rainbow Time, Take Me, Duck Butter, Join the Club)
*Awards Ceremony on Sunday 11/4

Sveva Alviti – Career Achievement Award
Italian actress (Dalida, Dangerous Lies Vol. 1, The Bouncer)
*Awards Ceremony on Sunday 11/4

Opening night on Friday, November 2 will kick off with a special reception and screening of MONDAY NIGHTS AT SEVEN, a love story about a single father who is struggling unsuccessfully to let go of his past. The film stars Edward James Olmos, Marty Sader, past Arpa IFF award recipient Mary Apick and mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva. A special ceremony honoring Edward James Olmos with a Lifetime Achievement Award will follow the screening of the film. Olmos, currently starring in the television series Mayans M.C., has played iconic roles both in film and television, receiving Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for “Stand and Deliver” (1988).

Saturday evening’s centerpiece program and reception will showcase two amazing films – YEVA, Armenia’s foreign language film Oscar submission last year, as well as DIVERTED EDEN written and directed by Prince Baghdasarian. YEVA, an Armenian-Iranian co-production, is set against the backdrop of the long-running conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). Director Anahid Abad tells the story of a young woman named Yeva who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter, after her husband’s tragic death and takes refuge in one of the villages of Karabakh. Yeva, accused of murdering her husband, is a complete stranger in this village and is obliged to live her daily life in disguise.

DIVERTED EDEN, winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sedona International Film Festival, is the story of a war hero who takes matters into his own hands after his young daughter is kidnapped, as detectives unravel the mystery surrounding the unusual crime. Director Prince Bagdasarian’s debut feature “Abstraction” (2013) starring Ken Davitian and Korrina Rico won the Audience Award at Arpa IFF that same year.

The 21st Annual Arpa International Film Festival will close with a special Awards Ceremony on Sunday, November 4 at the Egyptian Theatre, with Ed Asner, Natalie Qasabian and Sveva Alviti being honored.

For tickets (Individual Screenings, All-Access Passes, Day Passes) and a full schedule of this year’s film screenings, please visit

Arpa IFF 2018 Team Photo (photo credit Don Q. Hannah Photography)

Upper Row L to R: Sarineh Garapetian, Shaunt Gharibian, Haig Boyadjian, Berge Kallibjian, Sossi Varbedian, Maral Kazazian, Cammie Jones; Lower Row L to R: Vanja Srdic, Nelli Harutyunyan, Sylvia Minassian, Jacklin Boyadjian, Lorena Dilanian, Don Hannah

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