The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) seeks to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through cinema. We are a site-specific boutique film festival celebrating independent films from around the world that enlighten, entertain, and inspire moviegoers through compelling visual storytellingi. Each year we bring films, filmmakers and film enthusiasts together in the culturally vibrant community of Ridgefield, Connecticut for an annual festival that includes screenings, panel discussions, special events, and parties.

Every RIFF is different. Each RIFF is new and singular in its experience and our May 2023 RIFF was spectacular. In 2024 we'll be RIFFing at many venues throughout Ridgefield Connecticut IN-PERSON as we present the 9th Annual Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, May 16-19, 2024.

At RIFF our focus is on the independent filmmaker. We strive to give the indie filmmaker an opportunity to showcase their work with a quality screening in front of an audience of their peers and an enthusiastic general public. RIFF screenings often sell out. Again, this year, CT filmmakers will have a chance to shine through our MADE IN CT film program. Please choose this category if you are a CT filmmaker or have made your film with locations shot in Connecticut.

In 2021 Ridgefield earned the distinction from the state of Connecticut as the first Connecticut town with a Cultural District designation. This is our beautiful downtown area where many of our venues reside.

All films are screened and selected by members of our vibrant community with an eye toward discovering new talent and a focus on visual storytelling, whatever the genre. Entries are judged on a point system for craft, originality, and storytelling.

So what are you waiting for? Come #RIFFwithUs

Emerging Artist Award - $500.

Other Awards as we see fit.

We accept films in the stated categories in any genre. We do not have a premiere restriction, but do let us know if this is a national, regional, or international premiere. All films must be in English or subtitled in English. All films must be original work and clear of hindrances that would interfere with showing at our festival. We welcome foreign films of any genre.

We reserve the right to adjust or amend award categories dependent upon submissions. Other cash or in-kind awards may be added closer to the festival. Except where specifically offered, travel, lodging, and expenses will be incurred by the filmmaker. We do not pay screening fees to the filmmakers who participate in the festival. By submitting your film you grant RIFF permission to screen the film and to use the film for marketing purposes.

Overall Rating
  • It was a well made film festival

    August 2023
  • neal kelley

    My team and I had an amazing time at Ridgefield. Our film "Daddy" was honored to win Best Narrative Feature, Best Ensemble and Best Screenplay. We were so impressed by the passion and hospitality of Joanne and the entire Ridgefield team. They are really building something special. We met some great filmmakers and saw some great films. We hope to be back with our next film!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Neal! It was great to screen "Daddy" to a full house at the Theater Barn! the Q&A was really inspiring. Can't wait to see what you guys do next!

  • I am happy that I had the honor that my film was accepted and screened in this great festival. I hope that I will have the chance again that my film will be present at the big Ridgefield festival in the following years

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Muhammad! "The Creature" was a great addition to our Psych Night! We hope to see more of your work in the future!

  • Super little Festival. The staff were all fabulous. Warm, inviting, and kind. And the questions from the audience post-screening were smart and thoughtful.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cob! Everyone loved The Greatest Radio Station in the World!

  • Faranak Foroutan

    It was a very nice and good experience for our team.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Faranak! We enjoyed having For The Sake of Ava at the festival. We look forward to your future work.