The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival is in its eighth year of celebrating excellence in US and International independent films of all genres.

With celebrity guests and film screenings complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers, the annual RGIFF is highly anticipated by independent filmmakers, professionals, film lovers and enthusiasts as well as students who participate in our 'Student Filmmaker Night' The RGIFF is seven nights of celebrating independent filmmakers this year!

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

The 2018 RGIFF student 'Best of' winner will receive a $500 cash honoraria.

Short synopsis of entry, short trailer, bio of filmmaker, photo of filmmaker, genre/category, production year, MPAA rating if any, and length of film.

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.

Digital Shorts genre is only open to anyone 18 years old or younger [Proof of age may be required] & cannot be a school project [it must be filmed on either a cell phone, tablet, or iPad only]

*Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable.
*Only entries with full payment & required information will be considered.
*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 - to qualify, must include proof of student status at time of production [copy of student ID, letter from school/teacher.]
*Confirmation of the filmmaker[s] legal rights to all music, images and content in the entry.

Overall Rating
  • David Mansour

    The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival is an absolute hit! It was my first year this year submitting to the Film Festival, and let me tell you, it won't be the last!

    The environment there was so inviting and inspirational, and as a student, I was hit with an entirely new wave of advice from professional directors and filmmakers. The Guild did an amazing job in organizing this film festival, and I am looking forward to next year's.

    Happy filmmaking!

    May 2018
  • Sorry based in the UK so unable attend, but myself and the team were delight that you showed the film :The Indian Army in the First World War: An Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Perspective.
    It helps promote discussion and debate on the history of this subject. Thank you for hosting.

    May 2018
  • Roberto Pansini

    Good Film Festival in New Jersey.

    May 2017
  • Tyrell Jason

    Absolutely loved the festival! Can't wait to have another project to submit!!

    May 2017
  • Anthony DiFranco

    I had a wonderful time at the fest, and the folks who came to see "our film," many of whom are disabled, had a good time and enjoyed the whole red carpet glitz. At the after-party, no one wanted to go home. Especially gracious were Tony Damiano. Lynne Clements, and Tess Guiliani. If there were minor glitches in our screening, we didn't care, because over-all the festival was very well run, all our people were taken care of, and the organizers had their hearts absolutely in the right place. Who can resist a private car delivering the filmmakers to the red carpet crowd? Or an after-party with free food and great conviviality? And incidentally, the town of Ridgewood is lovely.

    May 2017