Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Lineup for Best of RIFF Shorts Tomorrow Festival at the Ridgefield Playhouse


The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival announces the lineup for the Best of RIFF Shorts Fest – celebrating 7 years of RIFF on Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The 103-minute program, supported by a grant from Connecticut Humanities, will center on the theme: Are The Kids All Right – Raising Resilient Children in Cinema and will highlight the best short films from the festival’s seven-year history.

The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion with film critic Joe Meyers and filmmakers (in person and via Zoom) on the history and language of youth in cinema, from Francios Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” to “Rebel Without a Cause” to Netflix’s “Stranger Things”.

The RIFF Emerging Filmmaker Award will be presented to Ridgefield resident Nicholas Burns for his film ‘Nothing Is Going to Change’.

An after-party will be held in the new Ridgefield Playhouse lobby with gourmet hot dogs provided by Ridgefield’s Chez Lenard and beer provided by Ridgefield’s Nod Hill Brewery. This project is funded by Connecticut Humanities, who generously supported the project with a project grant and with support from The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Please visit the RIFF website here for more information.

Tickets can be purchased online at The Ridgefield Playhouse website by clicking HERE.

The programming of the BEST OF RIFF Shorts program is as follows:

part one

“Girls Don’t Cry Wolf” by John Chigas, Anna Eva Kotyza – USA – RIFF 2016

“The Other Side” by Griselda San Martin – Spain – RIFF 2017

“Koreatown Ghost Story” by Minsun Park & ​​Teddy Tenenbaum – USA – RIFF 2021

“Make It Easy” – by Ridgefield native Ellie Gravitte – USA – RIFF 2021 Emerging Filmmaker Award

“Garden Party” by Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro – France – RIFF 2018 – Nominated for the Oscars for Best Animated Short Film 2019


Second part

“The Opposites Game” by Anna Samo, Lisa LaBracio – USA – RIFF 2020

“The Legs of Maradona” by Firas Khoury – Germany/Palestine – RIFF 2020

“How To Fall In Love in a Pandemic” by Michael-David McKernan – Ireland – RIFF 2020

“Nothing’s Gonna Change” by Ridgefield resident Nicholas Burns – USA – RIFF 2022

Emerging Filmmaker Award

Round table

After Party/Reception

The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival was founded in 2015 by local playwright and filmmaker Joanne Hudson and presented its first iteration in May 2016 at seven locations across Ridgefield, CT; screening of 72 films from 26 countries. Since then (under festival directors: Megan Smith-Harris, Jill Mango and Sean Murphy, and from 2018 to 2021, executive director, Geoffrey Morris), the festival has attracted celebrities like Allison Williams, Paul Dano and Jeffrey Tambor, as well as talented local and international filmmakers. This revamped festival will be an intimate, highly curated festival with the same independent spirit in which it began: in hopes of making the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through film.


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