RIFF2 took place May 19-21, 2017 Stay tuned for news about RIFF3

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Featured Events

RIFF 2017 will host a number of featured screenings and events including talk backs and discussions with filmmakers, cast and crew, a horror night in the Keeler Tavern's 19th Century Carriage Barn, Opening Night festivities at the Aldrich and more. Details here.

Dan Schechter interviews Brian DeCubellis  and Campbell Scott (via Facetime) after Manhattan Night Screening at the Ridgefield Playhouse during RIFF 2016.  photo by Mary Harold.

Dan Schechter interviews Brian DeCubellis  and Campbell Scott (via Facetime) after Manhattan Night Screening at the Ridgefield Playhouse during RIFF 2016.  photo by Mary Harold.

 OFFICIAL RIFF T-SHIRTS NOW ON SALE

 OFFICIAL RIFF T-SHIRTS NOW ON SALE

MASTER CLASSES

 

Learn the craft with RIFF masterclass teachers.

Storytelling for Narrative & Documentary Filmmaking with Billy Shebar.

 

2017 WINNERS

The 2017 RIFF Awards were held Sunday, May 21st at the Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House.

 
 
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Grand Jury Prize: What Children Do (USA) - Directed by Dean Peterson

A comedy about two estranged sisters who are thrust back into each other's lives by the impending death of their grandmother and forced to try to repair their feral relationship. 

 
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Best Narrative Feature: Cold Breath (Iran) - Abbas Raziji

Beautifully shot story of a nontraditional family in Iran and their struggles with class, gender and illness.

 
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Best Documentary Feature: The Ides of Childhood (India) - Directed by Sudeshna Sharma & Samar Salam

A journey through Kashmir, a country at war for decades leads filmmakers to a story of tragedy, courage and hope for a land and a people trying to struggle for identity and hope for a better life.

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Best Narrative Short: The Bouquet (France) - Directed by Julien Segard & Romain Carciofo

Stephane hurries to a wedding for which he is the best man. Terribly late, he realizes that he forgot the bride’s bouquet. Fortune favors him when he has the opportunity to take possession of a funeral bouquet tied on a tree. But fate takes it out on him when his GPS loses its signal. Unable to get his bearings, he will have to take with him the only person who crosses his path, and who is able to help. 

 
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Best Documentary Short: The Other Side (Spain) - Directed by Griselda San Martin

The story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.

 
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Best Animated Short: Lion Dance (USA) - Directed by Tim Pattinson & Zheng Kang

A romantic visual poem set during a traditional Asian parade in which a highly acrobatic dance is performed to bring good luck.

 
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Best Web/New Media Series: Two Guys (USA) - Directed by Michael Kohlbrenner

Todd and Clayton find themselves in a world of trouble when they try to live their Art.

 
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Best Student Film: An Evening of Eternity (Germany) - Directed by Constantin Maier

Jonas, the owner of a vinyl record store, stumbles into a mysterious tavern by chance one evening. The tavern is detached from time and people from different eras meet there. He falls in love with a Jazz singer, Eva Elana, from the 60s. But time will become their greatest enemy...

YOUR FIRST STOP IS RIFF CENTRAL

FILMMAKERS AND PASS PURCHASERS all passes purchased online can be picked up at RIFF CENTRAL at The Village Tavern located at 378 Main Street (near Governor Street) Ridgefield, CT. 

RIFF CENTRAL HOURS
FRIDAY 1p-6p SATURDAY 10a-6p

Passes & individual tickets can also be purchased at RIFF CENTRAL

FILMMAKERS please make RIFF Central your first stop after you settle into your hotel. You will receive your gift bags and passes here and enjoy food and beverages provided by Village Tavern.

RIFF T-shirts on sale AT RIFF CENTRAL

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The Rooted Plow will also have their line of exclusive Ridgefield Items for sale AT RIFF CENTRAL

BE SURE TO VISIT THE RIFF POSTER GALLERY AT THE RIDGEFIELD LIBRARY LOWER LEVEL.

RIFF 2017 Official Selections

(après le vin) After the Wine - France

A Simple Test - USA

After The Revolution - USA

Alvin's Harmonious World of Opposites - Australia

An Evening of Eternity - Germany

Capital Advice - USA

Change - Singapore

Clean - USA

Cold Breath - Iran

Cradle - Iran

Dead Sunrise - Australia

Dear Anima - Taiwan

Equipoise - USA

Flawless - UK

Forgotten Farms - USA

Hoda's Story - Israel

I Should Have Run - UK

Jewish Blind Date - Switzerland

Let Me Get What I Want - USA

Lion Dance - USA

Love - Germany

Marc Chung Protects His Address - USA

My Identity - USA

My Name is Joan - USA

Nirwana Blossom - Germany

Once There Was A Girl - Israel

Once Upon A Dream - Belgium

One Big Home - USA

 

 

Petrel - Australia

Pool - Brazil

Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices - USA

Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack - USA

Slummy Mummy - USA

Sternenkind - Germany

Swimming in the Desert - USA

The Bouquet - France

The Buddy System - USA

The Chocolate Case - The Netherlands

The Descendants - Iran

The Green Standard - USA

The Ides of Childhood - India

The Other Side - Spain

The Star Gazers - South Africa

Toward the Entryway - USA

Two Guys - USA

Two Worlds - Poland

Umphrey's McGee VR 360 "Puppet String" - USA

Venefica - USA

Wake-Up Call - UK

What Children Do - USA

What The People Want - USA

Where We Live - Australia

Wolves - Andorra

Woman Versus - USA

Written Off - USA

RIFF Patrons Enjoy Discounts at the following hotels

Mention RIFF when making reservations


The West Lane Inn 22 West Lane Ridgefield, CT 06877 203-438-7323 *Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations two queen beds: $230.00 per room per night plus tax one queen bed:  $210.00 per room per night plus tax Prices are based on 1 or 2 people, more than 2 people is 15.00 extra per person Cancellation & changes due by 5/5 Must book by 4/5 to guarantee rate and availability

The West Lane Inn

22 West Lane

Ridgefield, CT 06877

203-438-7323

*Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations

two queen beds: $230.00 per room per night plus tax

one queen bed:  $210.00 per room per night plus tax

Prices are based on 1 or 2 people, more than 2 people is 15.00 extra per person

Cancellation & changes due by 5/5

Must book by 4/5 to guarantee rate and availability

 
Days Inn 296 Ethan Allen Highway Ridgefield, CT  06877 203-438-3781 *Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations. Double Queen room (2 beds): $101.99 per night Queen rooms (1 bed): $91.99 per night

Days Inn

296 Ethan Allen Highway

Ridgefield, CT  06877

203-438-3781

*Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations.

Double Queen room (2 beds): $101.99 per night

Queen rooms (1 bed): $91.99 per night

Parking Several options are available for parking while shopping and dining in the Main Street area. Municipal Parking Visitors will find street parking and municipal lots, located throughout the area, with posted time limits for weekday parking. There are no restrictions during the weekend. (Note: Vehicles will be monitored and tickets given if posted limits are exceeded during weekday parking) Municipal Lots within one block of Town Hall East of Main Street Governor Street Bailey Avenue West of Main Street near Ballard Park South of Ballard Park near CVS Private Parking Parking is also available in private lots, with restrictions posted by each individual business.For more information on parking, please go to the Parking Authority page on the town website ridgefieldct.org

Parking

Several options are available for parking while shopping and dining in the Main Street area.

Municipal Parking

Visitors will find street parking and municipal lots, located throughout the area, with posted time limits for weekday parking. There are no restrictions during the weekend. (Note: Vehicles will be monitored and tickets given if posted limits are exceeded during weekday parking)

Municipal Lots within one block of Town Hall

East of Main Street

Governor Street

Bailey Avenue

West of Main Street near Ballard Park

South of Ballard Park near CVS

Private Parking

Parking is also available in private lots, with restrictions posted by each individual business.For more information on parking, please go to the Parking Authority page on the town website ridgefieldct.org

Residence Inn Danbury 22 Segar Street Danbury, CT 06810 203-797-1256 *Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations Suite - $149 per night, includes complimentary breakfast

Residence Inn Danbury

22 Segar Street

Danbury, CT 06810

203-797-1256

*Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations

Suite - $149 per night, includes complimentary breakfast

Getting Around Ridgefield has a very walkable downtown. All of our venues are within a mile and a half of one another, along and around Main Street, in the downtown area.  A car is needed to get from all hotels, except the West Lane Inn, to Main Street where the festival is located.  Car Services: UBER available via UBER app Nutmeg Livery Service  (203) 438-1381

Getting Around

Ridgefield has a very walkable downtown. All of our venues are within a mile and a half of one another, along and around Main Street, in the downtown area. 

A car is needed to get from all hotels, except the West Lane Inn, to Main Street where the festival is located. 

Car Services:

UBER

available via UBER app

Nutmeg Livery Service

 (203) 438-1381

Stonehenge Inn 35 Stonehenge Road Ridgefield, CT 06877 203-438-6511 *Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations Must book by 12:00 Noon, Friday, April 14, 2017 to guarantee rate an availability Main House - $175 per room, per night, plus tax Four “standard size” rooms in the Main House, all with Queen beds and private baths. The largest room, York, has the capability to add a rollaway to sleep three, if necessary. Guest House Two Junior Suites - $200 per suite, per night, plus tax. These rooms are larger than the Main House with King beds and private baths. Two rollaways can be added to each Suite to sleep four. One King Suite -  $250 per night, plus tax. The largest guest room on property with a King bed and private bath. It also has a separate living room with pull-out couch and loveseat. There is also a small kitchenette. This Suite can accommodate six (with two additional rollaways).

Stonehenge Inn

35 Stonehenge Road

Ridgefield, CT 06877

203-438-6511

*Must be booked by phone. Mention RIFF when making reservations

Must book by 12:00 Noon, Friday, April 14, 2017 to guarantee rate an availability

Main House - $175 per room, per night, plus tax

Four “standard size” rooms in the Main House, all with Queen beds and private baths. The largest room, York, has the capability to add a rollaway to sleep three, if necessary.

Guest House

Two Junior Suites - $200 per suite, per night, plus tax. These rooms are larger than the Main House with King beds and private baths. Two rollaways can be added to each Suite to sleep four.


One King Suite -  $250 per night, plus tax. The largest guest room on property with a King bed and private bath. It also has a separate living room with pull-out couch and loveseat. There is also a small kitchenette. This Suite can accommodate six (with two additional rollaways).