ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET THE RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS IN TOWN.
RIFF was a great place to showcase our socially minded documentary. The festival had strong ties with local media (our film got TV and print coverage), there were a wide variety of filmmakers in attendance (first timers to Academy Award winners) who I am glad to now know, and festival director, Heather Waters and her staff were just so professional and fun! Our showing at RIFF led directly to invitations to screen for other festivals and audiences, plus offers of support from major corporations. RIFF was the perfect stop in a grassroots campaign that ultimately led to distribution. I’d come back in a heartbeat.
As a filmmaker and film lover, I was totally blown away when attending RIFF. The festival is young, but ambitious & full of energy. It is certainly one of the best film festivals I have experienced. The film screenings, filmmaker’s Q&As, exhibitions, discussion panels, and performances all work perfectly together - not only do they bring richness and diversity to the event, but they also provide valuable resources to the professionals.
As a Native Richmonder it was such an extraordinary experience to be able to come to my home town to screen Make A Film Foundation’s/Rina Goldberg’s “The Magic Bracelet” at the professionally run Richmond International Film Festival. Screening at the beautiful and historical Byrd Theatre was an added gift to a festival that provided excellent films and other events including a wonderful writers panel that was an added highlight. In addition to having so much fun at the festival and meeting great people and filmmakers, there were many opportunities to promote our film and foundation via print and television. We were well supported and taken care of as filmmakers. It was quite simply one of the loveliest festival experiences to date.