The 2017 RIFF Awards were held Sunday, May 21st at the Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House.

Grand Jury Prize: What Children Do (USA) - Directed by Dean Peterson

A comedy about two estranged sisters who are thrust back into each other's lives by the impending death of their grandmother and forced to try to repair their feral relationship.

Best Narrative Feature: Cold Breath (Iran) - Abbas Raziji

Beautifully shot story of a nontraditional family in Iran and their struggles with class, gender and illness.

Best Documentary Feature: The Ides of Childhood (India) - Directed by Sudeshna Sharma & Samar Salam

A journey through Kashmir, a country at war for decades leads filmmakers to a story of tragedy, courage and hope for a land and a people trying to struggle for identity and hope for a better life.

Best Narrative Short: The Bouquet (France) - Directed by Julien Segard & Romain Carciofo

Stephane hurries to a wedding for which he is the best man. Terribly late, he realizes that he forgot the bride’s bouquet. Fortune favors him when he has the opportunity to take possession of a funeral bouquet tied on a tree. But fate takes it out on him when his GPS loses its signal. Unable to get his bearings, he will have to take with him the only person who crosses his path, and who is able to help.

Best Documentary Short: The Other Side (Spain) - Directed by Griselda San Martin

The story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.

Best Animated Short: Lion Dance (USA) - Directed by Tim Pattinson & Zheng Kang

A romantic visual poem set during a traditional Asian parade in which a highly acrobatic dance is performed to bring good luck.

Best Web/New Media Series: Two Guys (USA) - Directed by Michael Kohlbrenner

January 01, 2020

Todd and Clayton find themselves in a world of trouble when they try to live their Art.

Best Student Film: An Evening of Eternity (Germany) - Directed by Constantin Maier

Jonas, the owner of a vinyl record store, stumbles into a mysterious tavern by chance one evening. The tavern is detached from time and people from different eras meet there. He falls in love with a Jazz singer, Eva Elana, from the 60s. But time will become their greatest enemy...

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