Concrete Dream Film Festival is an International film and art event created by filmmaker and actress, Rena Riffel. The festival program consists of arthouse, avant-garde, and experimental films which will be screened at the event. The films selected as the winners of the competition will be screened on June 9 at a live event held at the Revive Theater in West Los Angeles, California. And on June 10 at AC Gallery in the heart of Hollywood, a formal VIP preview and awards presentation with the show extended at the gallery from June 11-16 with daily screenings. The film festival incorporates components of film installation, and live and in-person film projection onto the screen. Award trophies are given to all winners and certificates of award to all the official selections. The film festival provides live screenings, awards, and international publicity opportunities to the films and the filmmakers. This event will be catalogued in a limited edition hard cover book which is offered to the winners and official selection filmmakers.

Concrete Dream Film Festival is a film competition composed of arthouse, experimental, and avant-garde films chosen through filmmakers submissions, showcasing the most inspiring and innovative works from visual artists around the world. Our mission is to bring awareness, recognition, and publicity to the films and their filmmakers. By showcasing films and filmmakers who successfully break boundaries of commercialized formulas, we believe we can set an expansive example and create a wider appreciative audience which can make a positive impact on the arts and entertainment industries. We are interested in films that are thought provoking and innovative, inspiring and artistic, structurally different, successful at executing risk taking choices, progressive artistic processes and execution of filmmaking, and production techniques that better the experience of outdated formulas. We believe there is a large audience in the world that would appreciate these types of films opposed to the more hugely publicized formulaic block busters. We believe there is a healthier way to make films, a more satisfying way to completion, and a more contemplative meditative execution compared to the outdated modes of worn out mindsets. We want to change the movie industry one artfilm at a time.

An Official Concrete Dream Film Festival Trophy for the winners of the festival and Certificates presented for Best Of Festival Awards in certain regards created for the film and filmmakers.
Winners and Official Selection will all receive festival laurels.
Winners will screen live at the arthouse theatre, Revive Theater.
Announcements of the Winning and Official Selection films and interviews on the website and in press outlets.
Announcements of the Winning screenplay, music score or film song, and still photo will be announced on the website and receive festival laurels. They will all be featured at the live event.

The winning films will be screened live at the event and receive festival laurels. The official selection films will be announced and receive festival laurels, but will not be screened live at the event.
No submission fee refunds.
Winning films' Filmmaker must provide screening materials; Blu Ray, DVD, or Digital File in order to screen the film.
English subtitles for non-english dialogues.
Online screeners only for submissions are preferred. (If you can't provide an online screener/Vimeo link/screener link, please email us to make special arrangements to mail a DVD or file, we will try to accommodate)

Overall Rating
  • Ed Carter

    Festivals celebrating true avant-garde filmmaking are important but rare and we should celebrate the people that make them happen. We are very lucky to have Rena Riffel and her team.

    June 2018
  • GREAT festival, and top-notch communication from the wonderful Festival Director! :)

    June 2018
  • Steve Socki

    Great variety of work. Rene stayed in touch; very helpful.

    June 2018
  • Unfortunately I could not attend the Festival, as I am currently shooting my new film in Greece, but Rena Riffel kept all the time very good networking and communication, making me almost feel as if I were there in person.
    I love this Festival promoting experimental, art-house and avant-garde films. This mission makes it unique and highly recommended to all lovers of cinematography as an art form. The organization was particularly good, the official screenings at Revive Theatre were followed by a week of live screenings at AC Gallery in Hollywood, which also published a book-catalogue about the event.
    I was especially honoured my work "Maria's Silence" was chosen for the "Philippe Mora Award" (that is, the Best Avant-Garde Film Award).

    June 2018