The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF) celebrates independent films from around the world that enlighten, entertain, and inspire moviegoers through compelling visual storytelling. RIFF brings innovative films and filmmakers to the culturally vibrant community of Ridgefield, Connecticut for an annual festival that includes screenings, panel discussions, special events, and parties. 

We are an extremely filmmaker friendly festival (Don't believe us? Read our filmmaker reviews...) and do our very best to be welcoming and to market and promote your film. 

Ridgefield is one of the most picturesque towns in Connecticut and is located only 60 miles from New York. This year, Ridgefield became the first Connecticut town to receive an official designation of having a Cultural District, by the state of Connecticut.

All films are screened and selected by a team of committed filmmakers and experienced viewers with an eye to discovering extraordinary narrative, documentary, and animated films, and highly produceable screenplays. Entries are judged on a point system for craft, originality, and storytelling. 

So what are you waiting for?


RIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity.

The Festival was founded in 2016 by Ridgefield playwright and theatre director Joanne Hudson.