april 23-28, 2019     

          RICHMOND   
INTERNATIONAL
     Film & Music
festIval   

                

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2019 RIFF GRAND JURY AWARDS & GUESTS

2019 FOUNDERS AWARD

Alfre Woodard

2019 LEGACY AWARD

Eric Roberts

 

2019 PIONEER AWARD

Excellence in Public Service & Leadership

Andy Stefanovich

2019

Grand Jury Prize

Best Feature Film

¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?

 

2019

Grand Jury Prize

Best Short Film

PEPPER

 

2019

Grand Jury Prize

Best Feature Screenplay

THE LEASE OF NATURE

 

2019

Grand Jury Prize

Best Short Screenplay

THE WITNESS

 

2019

Grand Jury Prize

Best Teleplay

TRENCH

 

2019

Best of Festival

Narrative Feature

PARIS SONG

 

2019

Best of Festival

Documentary Feature

ELEPHANT PATH

 

2019

Best of Festival

Narrative Short

MAN STANDS STILL

 

2019

Best of Festival

Documentary Short

FEEL OF VISION

 

2019

Best of Festival

Animated Short

THE FOX

 

2019

Best of Festival

Experimental Short

THE CAGE OF SAND

 

2019

Best of Festival

Music Video

STAND DOWN

 

2019

Best of Festival

Web Series

THE AMAZING GAYL PILE

 

2019 TRIBUTE AWARD

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC

Rudy Love & the Love Family Band

 

2019 TRIBUTE AWARD

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES

 

2019

GRAND JURY PRIZE

Rodney the Soul Singer

 

2019

BEST FOLK

Katie & Kelly Music

 

2019

ALTERNATIVE INDIE

Barefoot Modern

 

2019

LOCAL FAVORITE

Mass FX

 

2019

BEST WORLD

Sara Ontaneda

 

2019

BEST REGGAE

Mighty Joshua

 

2019

BEST R&B

One

 

2019

BEST HIP HOP

Miah Travis

 

2019

BEST JAM

Hambone Relay

 

2019

EMERGING ARTIST AWARD

Brother Jerome

 

2019

BEST JAZZ

Butcher Brown

 

2019

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD

Kendall Street Company

Individual Merit Awards 

Best Director: Kostadin Bonev for AWAY FROM THE SHORE

Best Cinematography: Sunny Zhao for GIFT

Best Original Music:  Phoebe Ryan, Jake Etheridge, and Christian Medice for DAKOTA

Best Actress: Michelle Monaghan for SAINT JUDY

Best Actor: Sanjar Madi for PARIS SONG

Best Supporting Actor: David Neal Levin for HUDSON

Best Supporting Actress:  Augie Duke for BURNING KENTUCKY

Best Ensemble Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common, Alfre Woodard & Alfred Molina for SAINT JUDY

Rising Star Award: Robbie Snow for NESTING DOLLS

And Gabriela Ramos for ¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?

 Best Original Screenplay:  Erwan Marinopoulos, Oliver Maltman, & Jean-christophe Establet for KILL BEN LYK

 

 Screenplay Genre Winners

Best Original Drama Screenplay:  BLACK SEA ROSE

Best Original Family Screenplay:  WHERE DO THE CLOUDS GO

Best Original Thriller Screenplay:  PERRY

Best Original Comedy Screenplay:  EL CAMINO DE MILAGROS

Best Original Action Adventure Screenplay (tie):  SAVING ESPERANZA

and

ARGUMENT FOR THE EXISTENCE OF THE ISLAND SAUDADIA

2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film: (Tie)  PRESCIENCE and NESTING DOLLS

Audience Choice Awards

2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film: THE ABUSED

2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Web Series:  ONE TRUE LOVES

2019 Audience Choice Award for Best Music Performance:  SoulBurst 

2019 Grand Jury Honorable Mention Awards

FRONT RANGE CHANGE

MADE IN MEHKE

 

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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 .


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

2019 LINE UP: SNEAK PEEK

 
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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WELCOME!

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 President & Executive Director of the RIFF Arts Institute, Founder of the Media Industry Xchange & FLOW Collective, Co-Founder of the Creative World Awards, and 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.


HIGhLIGHTS

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

recent 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 Festival Short. Flow.

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

RIFF Festival Short. Emerge.