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Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Makes Official Selections

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was created by playwright/director/producer Joanne Hudson.
The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was created by playwright/director/producer Joanne Hudson. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Theater Barn

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Twenty-four community screeners have completed the daunting task of selecting films for the first Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, which will be held May 20-22 at various venues in Ridgefield.

Close to 200 films from 34 countries were submitted to RIFF for consideration during the submission period, which was June 15, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016. Films were rated on a point system based on the film’s originality, creativity, direction, writing, cinematography, performances, production value, pacing, structure, and music.

A total of 73 films from 23 countries were ultimately selected to be shown at the festival in May and will be screened at various locations around Ridgefield, including the Ridgefield Library, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Prospector Theater, Keeler Tavern Museum, and the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Of the 73 official selections, six are narrative features, seven are documentary features, 20 are narrative shorts, four are documentary shorts, five are animated shorts, 29 are in the student category, and two are new media.

Screeners include: Chelsea Barrett, Dawn Berenson, Jon Bosscher, Abigail Boyar, Kristie Brady, Bridget Butler, Savita Choudhary, Lisa Cohen, Spencer Eldridge, Russell Findlay, Mary Harold, Meryl Harold, Nathan Harold, Olivia Harold, DJ Martin Harold, Karine Hils, Emelie Howard, Joanne Hudson, Ryan Junell, Tracy Kilmartin, Marjorie Kingsley, Elise Miller, Sean Murphy, and Jillian Rae.

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival is a site-specific film festival whose mission is to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema, and to give comfort and aid to the hardworking filmmaker who shares this vision. Click here for their website . Click here to visit their Facebook . Find them on Twitter at riff2016 or Instagram at RIFF2016. Click here for the full list of films.

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