Celebrating our 11th anniversary, the Ridgewood Guild’s Annual International Film Festival has grown from a two-day event to a seven-day festival and special events including our World Cinema Night, our Human Rights Festival, our Student Night and our Main Festival all showcasing creative and inspiring filmmakers and films from around the globe.

Our Festival programming provides film entertainment that covers a wide variety of genres, offering something for just about everyone. It gives independent film artists a platform for sharing their work with audiences that might not otherwise have the opportunity to see them.

At the RIFF, ALL films are fully reviewed ensuring that each film submitted receives fair and equal consideration. Films are eligible for jury awards. All jurors are industry professionals. The winners of jury awards receive outstanding personalized trophies for Best Short, Best Animation, Best Student, Best Documentary, Best Musical Video, Best Web/New Media and Best International Film. Each year a $500 scholarship is awarded to the Best High School Student and Undergrad College Student Filmmaker.

Our festival is the place to be for action and excitement in Ridgewood in the spring. With its Red Carpet, Launch Party, Press Coverage, Celebrities, Awards Ceremony, Hollywood-style After Party, film screenings complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers, the annual RIFF is highly anticipated by independent filmmakers, professionals, film lovers and enthusiasts as well as students.

With easy access to New York and centered in Ridgewood surrounded by many popular restaurant options, RIFF is an ideal festival hub for both visitors and locals alike.

Red Carpet Ceremony with Press and Celebrities. Personalized Awards for the 'Best of' Winners and Certificates of Participation are presented at the Filmmaker's Award Ceremony & Afterparty.

A $500 cash scholarship is presented to each of the 2022 RIFF high school student and undergraduate college student 'Best of' winners!
* Eligible above-mentioned students, if they qualify, MUST include proof of current student status at time of production [copy of student ID or letter from current school and/or teacher].
*NOTE: College students and Film school students do NOT qualify for ‘student fee’ . They must pay the ‘standard fee’

Each submission must include a Short synopsis of entry, a short trailer, a bio of filmmaker, a photo of filmmaker, the genre/category, the production year, DOWNLOAD BUTTON ACCESS MUST BE ALLOWED, a MPAA rating if any, and the length of film. Also, if a winner, a designation of who is to receive the award.

If selected, The filmmaker must grant permission for the materials to be used in all publicity pertaining to the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival.

The act of submitting your film constitutes acceptance without reservation of all rules of the RGIFF.

NOTE: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.
*Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable.
*Only entries with full payment and complete all required information will be considered.
* Filmmakers MUST include their physical address. Please do not submit a film without giving us your address, which we need for our records.
*If any materials need to be mailed, the cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.
*Student submissions - NOTE: ONLY STUDENTS CURRENTLY IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL ARE ELIGIBLE FOR 'STUDENT FEE'. Any above-mentioned students who qualify, MUST include proof of current student status at time of production [copy of student ID or letter from current school and/or teacher].
*All undergraduate and graduate school and/or film school students MUST enter under Standard Fee.
*Confirmation of the filmmaker[s] legal rights to all music, images and content in the submitted entry if not original. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. RIFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

Overall Rating
  • Carissa Gallo

    Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival did an amazing job transitioning to an online festival during the pandemic. There was regular communication but it was overall a great experience. We would definitely submit again. Thank you Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival!

    March 2021
  • Brian Ostering

    This film festival was great! They were well organized and screened great film selections! I highly recommend this festival to all filmmakers! I'm looking forward to their next festival!

    March 2021
  • This festival was very well organized despite the fact that it went virtual this year. Great film selections and networking opportunities through zoom! I recommend this festival to any filmmaker looking to meet and interact with fellow filmmakers and learn from others creative process! Can't wait for next year to hopefully be held in person, nothing beats the one on one interaction!! worth the entry fee !

    March 2021
  • Macela Robison

    I want to thank the Ridgewood International Film Festival for selecting my short film, Defenseless, to be a part of their festival.

    The festival, itself, was professionally administered. I enjoyed the films that I was able to watch. The festival was well organized.

    Looking forward to submitting other films in the future.

    March 2021
  • Brian Elliott

    Grateful to be included. Thanks Ridgewood - appreciate you all!

    March 2021