What is the Ridgefield film festival?
Well, it will take place May 20 to 22 and will be showing submitted films at the Ridgefield Library, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Keeler Tavern, Garden of Ideas, and the Ridgefield Playhouse, where the winning film will receive an award (presented by TownVibe publisher Geoffrey Morris—that's me!)
"Ridgefield is the perfect place for a film festival," says RIFF organizer Joanne Hudson. "We are a dedicated arts town with a very walkable downtown. We are collaborative and welcoming and inclusive. The many annual events that take place here such as the Holiday Stroll, Fall in Love with Ridgefield, SummerFest, Art Walk, and more bring people from surrounding towns to fill our streets and have for many years."
So far, more than 100 films have been submitted from all over the world. The organizers are hoping to attract film fans from around New England and from New York, where folks will be attracted to the spring weekend, away from the madding crowds of the city.
"We have invited local businesses and residents to riff with us by making film-themed window displays, parties, and whatever else they can think of to join in on the fun for the weekend. There will be something for every taste and every age," says Hudson.
When asked if she expects any big, bold-face names, Hudson replies: "I do, and of course we have many who already live here, but it's too early to talk about specifics. Stay tuned!"
For more info: www.riff.website