The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival will present the Best of RIFF Shorts Fest on August 21 at the Ridgefield Playhouse

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The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival will present the Best of RIFF Shorts Fest on Sunday, August 21 at 2 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The 90-minute program will highlight the best short films from the festival’s seven-year history, including new short film submissions.

Please visit the RIFF website here for tickets and more information.

Best of RIFF Shorts marks the official return of RIFF founder Joanne Hudson, who established the festival in 2015 and served as festival director for the inaugural year in 2016. While Joanne has remained involved in various capacities over the years, she now leads the new board of directors of the RIFF.

Earlier this month the new council met for the first time to elect leaders and plan for the film festival going forward. The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival Board of Directors is comprised of: Joanne Hudson, President; Pam Jones, secretary; Danielle Di Vecchio, treasurer; Jill Mango, member. In addition to their roles on the Board, Joanne and Jill will return to their previous positions as Festival Director and Marketing Director, respectively.

RIFF Executive Director Geoffrey Morris will step down but remain as a Friend of the Festival. Biographies of the new team are available at https://www.riffct.org/team.

“I am so excited to lead the festival I founded and reaffirm its mission to make the world a more compassionate place through the sharing of stories through film,” said festival director Joanne Hudson. “I am grateful for the stewardship of Megan Smith-Harris and Geoffrey Morris over the past few years. Their expertise and dedication have brought a lot of attention to the RIFF and we intend to build on the incredible community support they have cultivated.

As this is a transitional year and one of the main festival sites will be under construction this fall, and in an effort to raise more funds to set up a proper festival and re-establish the trainee program of the RIFF in partnership with local secondary schools, the council voted unanimously to move the main festival to May (the original festival month) with tentative dates of May 18-21, 2023 selected.

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 than 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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