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Ridgefield joins the festival circuit



Grab your vintage reading glasses and your leather messenger bag, Ridgefield just got too hip to quit. The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival—or RIFF—the next big thing to hit the Ridgefield art scene, opens May 20. With six venues and 72 films from 24 different countries, the three-day festival promises to be packed with creativity and culture.

“Our mission is to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema,” says Joanne Hudson, founder and director of the festival. With a background in theater and a passion for film, Hudson developed the idea for the festival and put it into action. 

Film selections fall into six categories: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Student Films. All films have been carefully curated to provide the best viewing experience for audience members and will be screening at six participating venues: the Ridgefield Playhouse, the Prospector Theater, the Aldrich Museum, Keeler Tavern, the Ridgefield Library, and the Garden of Ideas. The festival will also feature master classes in subjects such as storytelling in narrative filmmaking, making a film on a micro-budget, and a class for kids aged eight to 12 about how to watch a film. 

Tickets and passes can be purchased on the RIFF website.

For more information, visit riff.website

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