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
  • Maia Buljeta

    Absolutely love this festival. A good time, every time. The people are awesome. The board of directors are awesome. Tony Damiano, Suzanne Ordas Curry, RJ Konner, Lyne Clements, and Dotti Fucito - all awesome. I've been attending since 2014, so it's safe to say it's a tradition on my end. And the movies screened are always so insightful, well-made, and thought provoking. Definitely should be on your to-do list of festivals to enter or attend! A valuable experience and a space to make lasting memories.

    May 2022
  • Alisa Rasera-Holden

    It was such a fantastic opportunity to have my Dance Short, Doors, included in this festival! The team at RGIFF was so welcoming and thoughtful with communication. It was a very fun event and so inspiring to view so many wonderful films!

    May 2022
  • Chris Trembath

    I always think very highly of the The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival. I have been submitting films since 2013 and they have always been a very professional and courteous to the filmmakers. Further, they also go the extra mile to engage filmmakers and offer them the chance to speak with industry professionals.

    May 2022
  • Thanks for your efforts and offering so much value! Many festivals don't do that anymore and just screen online. All the best for the future!

    May 2022
  • Dotti et al we’re incredible with all their communications and planning for the event. It was a pleasure to be selected and truly an honor to be part of such a prestigious and important festival. Well done!

    May 2022