Dear Art Lovers

Our call is about to finish, the Final DEADLINE is on May 10th.

During this very special time we all are experiencing due to COVID-19, we have changed the format of our dance-art-cinema festival in July 2020. RIFF: R.E.D. International Film Festival, 5th edition will therefore be celebrated in two versions.

FIRST VERSION: a virtual festival where we will launch an on-line magazine with a month access to the films of RIFF FIFTH EDITION Official Selection.
We will keep on celebrating the RIFF Award, where the creators might win a residency at R. E. D. for 2021 or when this emergency is over. See more information at:

SECOND VERSION: RIFF 2020 will be celebrated as a Drive-In festival at the farm in Einawood, for those who shall enjoy our programs inside their cars, in our venue. On July 3rd to10th. Note: there will just be allowed a limited amount of cars, and we will, at all times, follow the government regulations* keeping everybody safe in healthy distance. (*Subject to change.)

Thanks for your interest in the festival. We specially thank creators participation in RIFF OPEN CALL.

You can still apply at FilmFreeway:

Stay Safe and Let's Keep Art Alive!!!

Ella Fiskum,


RIFF FIFTH EDITION will take place on July 3th-11th, 2020.
This festival was born in July 2015. It is settled on a farm overlooking Eina Lake, just outside Oslo. Surrounded by breathtaking Norwegian countryside.
Its mission is to build a bridge between the different fields of performing, as well as visual art, and the film industry; hence the subtitle: dance-art-cinema. The festival aims to show films that have a strong element of movement and dance including expressions such as screendance, art films, more traditional and conventional short films and full feature films.

We are aiming to develop RIFF as an important arena to show films of excellence; a platform to give workshops and master talks; a place for special guests and public to share thoughts, knowledge and experiences.
We have celebrated RIFF PRELUDE EDITION in 2015, RIFF FIRST EDITION in 2016 and so on. During the FOURTH EDITION in 2019 we showed 35 films from all genres at our main venue, the R.E.D. ARENA, as well as we built a Drive-In-Movie-Theatre, an outdoor cinema in the outskirts of the farm in the woods where we screened some feature films on a huge screen at midnight.

During the five years that the festival has been running, we have offered live performances, shooting stars, concerts, red carpet, panel conversations, laboratories, and much much more.

The awards list in 2019 is:
Jury Award:
ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL? By Mohammad Bakhshi. Iran.
BÓRIA by Iwona Pasińska. Poland.
THIS DANCE HAS NO END by Fenia Kotsopoulou. Greece.
Honorary mentions:
THE BIG RACE by John Williams. USA.
KAORI ITO, A BODY OF LIFE by Tatjana Jankovic. France.
Audience Award:
ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL? By Mohammad Bakhshi. Iran.
VARIATION OF SUSPENSION | DROP. By David Alræk, Katrine Patry & Lisa Collete Bysheim. Norway-Canada.

As the Hollywood sign was erected in Los Angeles in 1923, Einawood was founded as a neighborhood where motion picture industry is emerging. EINAWOOD sign was inaugurated in Eina, Norway, on July 20th, 2017. The event was leaded by Ella Fiskum, Yolanda M. Guadarrama and Madeline Wood, RIFF Team: director, curator and visual creator of the sign. It is a playful action and also it is reality, as everything happens in the motion picture world.

RIFF is based at R.E.D. (Residency Eina Danz), which is an international, national and regional arena for arts and culture, running with a full year residency program, production house and stage for dance, film, art and interdisciplinary cultural expressions, located at Nyland farm in Eina, Norway. It has been recognized as a Regional Competence Centre for Dance since 2018, founded by Arts Council Norway, Norwegian Film Institute and Oppland County. It is located one hour and ten minutes from Oslo.
R.E.D. was founded by Ella Fiskum in 2012-2013.

All the selected films will be part of the official selection and will get the RIFF PALM LOGO and a publicity poster.

- Jury Award.
- Honorary Mention.
- Audience Award.
All the winners will be granted a residency at R.E.D. in Norway.
The residency consist of free lodging, free work space, and an official showing arranged by R.E.D.
Check information about R.E.D in this site:

We are opening the submission to find those hidden crucial films we need to select, those films out of our normal reach and more.
-We are looking for films which have strong elements of movement and dance, including expressions such as:
Art Films
Short Films
Feature Films
Documentary Films on Dance
-We call for films with opened meanings and universal contents, ranging from abstract to strong narrative elements, from experimental and poetic to action driven, having different styles and genre, but always composed with solid visual elements.
-The length of Screendance, Art Film and Short Film pieces must be from 1 to 20 minutes.
-The length of Documentary Films must be from 1 to 60 minutes.
-The creator or who submits the film needs to declare to owe the total author rights of the film.
-A creator can submit up to 2 films.
-If needed, and your film is selected, we would ask for English subtitles in the film.
-The fee to participate with Screendance, Art Film and Short Film is 20 USD in Early Deadline, 25 USD in Regular Deadline and 35 USD in Late Deadline.
-The fee to participate with a Documentary Film is 25 USD in Early Deadline, 30 USD in Regular Deadline and 38 USD in Late Deadline.
-The fee to participate with a feature film is 35 USD in Early Deadline, 40 USD in Regular Deadline and 45 USD in Late Deadline.
-The submission will be opened from February 1st to May 10th, 2019.
-If your film is accepted, we will need your film in good quality before May 30th.
-Ask for a Waiver Discount to if you have been part of the official selection in previous editions.
For further questions write to:

Overall Rating
  • It was an honor to have my documentary Born Just Now participate in the 5th edition of RIFF: the R.E.D. International Film Festival in Eina, Norway. This unique festival celebrates Dance/ Art/ Cinema, and I have nothing but praise for the Festival's director Ella Christina Fiskum and the guest curator and choreographer Yolanda M. Guadarrama. Communication was consistent throughout and the jury members Mari Nørstegård Tomren and Margaret Williams provided thoughtful feedback regarding the award winning films. The jury wrote the following in response to my film.

    "This documentary gives voice to a brave woman who has abandoned a "normal" domestic life in a conservative social environment for being a performance artist using her own body as a vehicle and main tool of her art and expression of freedom. The film has very interesting and beautiful, yet sometimes disturbing images, well collected, composed and told by the filmmaker."

    July 2020
  • Fu LE

    A very positive place in the Norwegian forest for dance, cinema and many other artistic events. I wish to come back there :)

    January 2020
  • Pablo Hadis

    A great film festival with a real passion for dance and film. They program films from submissions and support independent filmmakers. Communication was perfect from the first day. Highly recommended!

    August 2019
  • Jesús Pérez

    Great organization and communication. Good Job.

    August 2019
  • This festival looks like a blast! Thanks for including my film, "The Big Race". I wish I could have attended. I enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes videos posted during the festival. I felt like I was there! Congratulations on another successful run and I'm looking forward to next year.

    July 2019