Arlington International Film Festival HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY

Sat 10th Dec 16: Master of Ceremonies for AIFF Student Filmmaker’s Program/Awards

Arlington High School Student, Gayatri Sundar Rajan

“It has been, and continues to be my pleasure to work with such a genuine talent. Gayatri inspires everyone she meets at ACMi. She has a fantastic work ethic and an unending thirst for knowledge”, said Sara Alfaro-Franco, News Director of the Arlington Public News, at ACMi
The Arlington International Film Festival is extremely proud to announce Gayatri Sundar Rajan as Master of Ceremonies for the 6th annual AIFF Student Filmmaker’s Program.
In addition to highlighting the best of student filmmakers, AIFF is delighted to provide a platform for students with speaking skills like Ms Sundar Rajan. “We are honored that Gayatri has accepted our invitation to host this year’s Student Program and we look forward to the addition of her magic that she will bring to the stage”, said April Ranck, Executive Director of AIFF.

Ms Sundar Rajan is a multi-talented Arlington High School student. She describes herself as a digital storyteller. Since 6th grade Gayatri has volunteered at Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi) producing shows, documentaries, and news segments in addition to taking part in youth productions. Gayatri is currently a Junior at Arlington High School, a member of the Cross Country Team, a leader of the Speech & Debate Team, a member of the Mock Trial Team, and plays the carnatic violin.

“When Gayatri first joined the Arlington Public News team, I had reservations about how a middle school student would fit in and work with college interns and citizen journalists, all adults. I have to admit that Gayatri exceeded all my expectations in terms of maturity, professionalism, and work quality” said Sara Alfaro-Franco News Director of the News at ACMi
Over the years, her most favorite productions have been a documentary - originally for National History Day - about women in the workforce and an Arlington Public News series about how body image affects teenagers and what mechanisms they can use to cope with the issue. When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Gayatri says, “I enjoy hearing the stories of Arlingtonians and translating their emotions, actions, and work into videos that we can all learn from and enjoy.”

“The ability to express myself and expand my horizons through simply working with and for amazing people has truly shaped me into the person I am today. I am truly honored and ecstatic to be hosting the Youth Awards at the Arlington International Film Festival and hope to gain yet another unique perspective into the field of media arts”, said Gayatri Sundar Rajan.

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