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RIFF Awards Ceremony Concludes Ridgefield Film Fest

Steve Martino, director of "The Peanuts Movie," announcing the RIFF Award for Best Animated Feature Film, which went to "Lima," a film from Iran by Afshin Roshanbakht.
Steve Martino, director of "The Peanuts Movie," announcing the RIFF Award for Best Animated Feature Film, which went to "Lima," a film from Iran by Afshin Roshanbakht. Photo Credit: Contributed/Mary Harold

RIDGEFIELD, CT – The first Ridgefield Independent Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, May 22 with the RIFF Awards ceremony at Keeler Tavern's Garden House in Ridgefield.

“Girl in the Chair” by M. Louis Gordon won Best of Fest, while “When a Flame Stands Still” by Michael Canon took Best Film honors at the RIFF Student Awards on Friday, May 20.

Winners were selected by an esteemed group of film and arts professionals that included Steve Martino (director of "The Peanuts Movie"), actor/writer/director Michael Ian Black, director/editor/screenwriter Dan Schecter, writer/director/producer Billy Shebar and arts writer/editor Shawn Marie Garrett.

RIFF hosted several sold-out and packed films and Master Classes, including a special screening of Lionsgate Premiere's "Manhattan Night" and Q&A with the film's writer/director/producer Brian DeCubellis, and star Campbell Scott (via Skype) at the Ridgefield Playhouse; Billy Shebar's "Storytelling for Filmmakers" class and the shorts program that included Best Narrative Short winner, "The Beating," at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; "Mothers of Bedford" at the Ridgefield Library; and the late night Horror Night at the Keeler Tavern Museum Barn.

"We were thrilled with the response from the community and our visiting filmmakers," noted RIFF founder and director Joanne Hudson.

Click here for a full list of winners.

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, created by local playwright and theatre director Hudson, is a site-specific film festival that aims to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories from around the world through cinema. In addition, RIFF offers master classes in different aspects of film and filmmaking.

RIFF 2016 brought more than 70 films from 23 countries around the globe to Ridgefield for thoughtful screenings in curated venues such as the Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield Library, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Keeler Tavern Museum, the Prospector Theater and Ballard Park.

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