The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, created by local playwright and theatre director, Joanne Hudson, is an intimate, international, independent  and inspired film festival that aims to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema. Each spring, RIFF brings dozens of films from around the globe to Ridgefield, Connecticut for thoughtful screenings in curated venues including the Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield Library, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Keeler Tavern Museum and the Prospector Theater. In addition, RIFF offers master classes in different aspects of film and filmmaking. The festival will run May 19-21, 2017.  

Ridgefield, Connecticut and the surrounding area is home to many artists who have achieved great success in their field. Our panels, workshops and networking events reflect that community and seek to empower the independent filmmaker with knowledge and the sharing of craft and connections. All submitted films will be screened by the local community and judged on a point system for craft, originality and storytelling. The jurors for RIFF in 2016 were an esteemed group of film and arts professionals that included Steve Martino (director of “The Peanuts Movie”), actor/writer/director Michael Ian Black, director/editor/screenwriter Dan Schecter, writer/director/producer Billy Shebar and arts writer/editor Shawn Marie Garrett.