april 23-28, 2019     

          RICHMOND   
INTERNATIONAL
     Film & Music
festIval   

                

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2018-2019 FESTIVAL ARE OPEN! Submit your film and writing projects through the Film Freeway, Withoutabox or Coverfly submission links below. For music performance considerations submit through the Film Freeway link below or visit Sonicbids or Reverb Nation. 


2018 GRAND JURY AWARDS

2018 FOUNDERS AWARD
Kate Bosworth

2018 LEGACY AWARD
Danny Glover

2018 PIONEER AWARD
Governor Terry McAuliffe Presented by Governor Ralph Northam

2018 CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARD
Donald "Spec" Campen

2018 GRAND JURY BEST FEATURE FILM
The Best of All Worlds

2018 GRANDY JURY BEST SHORT FILM
Bagheera

2018 BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY
Wonder Drug

2018 BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY
Mused

BEST OF FEST AWARDS

 

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

 

CERTIFICATES FOR FILM

2018 BEST DIRECTING
Can Ulkay for Ayla Daughter of War

2018 BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Edwin Stevens for Hunting Lands

2018 BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC
40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Band

2018 BEST ACTOR
Danila Kozlovsky for In The Hood

2018 BEST ACTRESS
Sulem Calderon for Nona

2018 BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
My Brothers
 
2018 RISING STAR AWARD
Jeremy Miliker for Best of All Worlds
 
2018 RISING STAR AWARD
Kim Seol for Ayla Daughter of War

2018 BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (TIE)
Michael Polish for Nona
Sophie Davout for My Brothers

 

SCREENPLAY GENRE WINNERS

2018 BEST ORIGINAL COMEDY SCREENPLAY
Brian Schwab for Out Of The Woods

2018 BEST ORIGINAL ACTION SCREENPLAY
Todd Sorrell for Parousia

2018 BEST ORIGINAL GENRE SCREENPLAY
Amanda Keener for Fireflies

2018 BEST ORIGINAL FAMILY SCREENPLAY
Lawrence Whitener for Finding Grace

2018 BEST ORIGINAL THRILLER SCREENPLAY
Paul Littell for Breakthrough

 
 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC


ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

 2018 OVERALL GRAND JURY
Rodney the Soul Singer

2018 BEST R&B
Zaxai

2018 BEST ALTERNATIVE INDIE
Lauren Marsh

 2018 LOCAL FAVORITE
Mighty Joshua

2018 BEST WORLD
Rumput Band with Danis Sugiyanto

2018 BEST HIP HOP
Angelo

 2018 BEST AMERICANA
Ezra Vancil

2018 BEST COUNTRY OR FOLK
Mariana Bell

2018 BEST ROCK
Virginia Man

2018 BEST DJ
Blacklight

2018 BEST CONTEMPORARY POP
Kendra Black

2018 CRITICS CHOICE AWARD
Marcaux

2018 INNOVATION AWARD
Jump In

2018 EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Tahj

 
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RE-BRANDING TO BE THE NEXT SXSW
— -MARKUS SCHMIDT, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH
 

THE FESTIVAL & RVA

RIFF, one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic, brings cutting edge film & music to the beautiful historic city of Richmond, Virginia. 

RVA is a thriving arts, food, and craft brewery city in the U.S. and has been voted as one of the best places for moviemakers to work & live in the country, and top places for indie filmmakers to shoot their projects (Moviemaker Magazine). For more info on the city visit HERE .

 

 

 After party at Bow Tie Cinemas

After party at Bow Tie Cinemas

 

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND FOUNDER HEATHER WATERS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP PEOPLE AND PLACES TO WATCH IN 2017.
— Richmond Magazine
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In 2011, Waters founded the Richmond International Film & Music Festival (RIFF). As a producer and director, Waters can be seen working behind the scenes in a variety of film and music projects, but is also known to be a strong promoter and developer of other creatives.  In addition to producing RIFF, she is the immediate past President of the Virginia Production Alliance (VPA), the leading advocacy organization responsible for bolstering film and developing crew and talent across the Commonwealth of Virginia, President & Executive Director of the RIFF Arts Institute, Founder of the Media Industry Xchange & FLOW RVA, and Co-Founder of the Creative World Awards.

A DRAW FOR FILMMAKERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY, RIFF GIVES ATTENDEES THE CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE MAGICAL WORLD OF MOVIES.
— Susan Howson, RVA News

 

2018 SPECIAL GUESTS:

Kate Bosworth, Michael Polish, Danny Glover, Samuel Roukin, Lee Aronsohn, Rene Balcer, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Governor Ralph Northam, Mayor Levar Stoney & Carolyn Hsu-Balcer

 

RIFF 2017 Festival Short. Flow.

Last year's competitive music showcase featured more than 50 local, national, and international bands.

RIFF 2018 Festival Intro. Emerge.