Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Wraps Up 2018 Festival with A Real Housewife of New Jersey, A Hollywood Producer, and Many Talented Filmmakers - 40 Exclusive Photos and List of Winners

Tony Damiano, RHONJ Dolores Catania
and Brad Forenza a the RGIFF 2018
The 8th Annual Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival was home to over 200 films over it's 8 days. The festival started with a a Human Rights Film Festival for 2 days, a 2 day Foreign Film spectacular and two nights of shorts, student films, docs and films by new and established filmmakers from the US and abroad at the Bowtie Cinema Theater in downtown Ridgewood NJ.

Hundreds of people attended the festival and its activities. Of special note during the festival was a highlight reel and then talk and Q & A by Hollywood Producer Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone, Teen Wolf,  Mystic Pizza). This presentation was given as part of the Ridgwood Arts Council Artist Talk Series. Attendees heard inside scoop on some of his most iconic movies, including how Michael J Fox was almost not cast in Back to the Future and what MaCauley Culkin was like on set as a kid.

Crowds also enjoyed seeing Real Housewife of New Jersey Dolores Catania and her family on the Red Carpet and then starring in the film Breaking Points by NJ filmmaker Brad Forenza.

Festival patrons also got to hear the latest on women in film from a panel of working female producers and.director including soap star/director Cady McClain (All My Children, ATWT) and producers Candy Straight and Suzanne Curry. They talked about the inequities for females in front of and behind the camera, and gave concrete examples of how this can change and inspiration for the females in the audience.

The festival concluded with an After Party and Awards Ceremony at Steel Wheel in Ridgewood. Sponsors of the 2018 Festival were: Boiling Springs Bank, Pearl Restaurant of Ridgwood and Clancy Productions.

Here is a list of the winners from the 2018 Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival.

Best Foreign Film:  Destiny - Vikkramm Chandirramani 
Best Student Film:  Leave A Message - David Mansour  
Best Short Film:  Acoustic Space  -  Anthony Marinelli  
Best Animation:  We Are Friends -  Lynn Hunter  
Best Documentary:  Seeing is Believing: Women Direct   -  Cady McClain   
Best Digital Short:  Away  -  Phenix J.F. Miao  

For more info and how to submit for 2019:

40 Exclusive Photos- Photo Credits Connor Moriarty, Suzanne Curry, Zigi Putnins
The Ridgewood International Guild Film Festival held its main nights at
the beautiful art deco Bowtie Cinema in the bustling  downtown shopping and eating district of Ridgewood NJ, a half hour from Manhattan by car or train.

Guild President Tony Damiano and Festival Committee Member/Actress Celia Austin

Vikkramm Chandirramani of India accepts Best Foreign Film Award for Destiny with his wife

Maia Buljeta, Wyatt Button from the short NOWHERE 

Bill Carbone, Tony Damiano, Audrey Yee Fink, Dana Glazer, Sherry Frnak, Roise McCoe and Frank DelVecchio of the Ridgewood Arts Council

Dottie Fucito interviews Brad Forenza

Brad Forenza's Film, Breaking Points, is now online. Details:

Tony Damiano speaks to Filmmaker Vincent Velosa

Hollywood Producer Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone, Mystic Pizza, Teen Wolf and more)

Festival Commitee Member Suzanne Curry interviews RHONJ Dolores Catania

Closing Night at the 2018 Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival

Tony Damiano talks to screenwriter Dana Glazer, about his new film
A Case of Blue to be filmed in Ridgewood and NJ. Details:

Lynn Hunter won for Best Animation for her film The Dooples

Cady McClain (As the World Turns, All My Children) made a docmentary
of female directors which won for Best Documentary.

RHONJ Dolores Catania with her parents and friend

Catania Family and friend experience their first Red Carpet.

RHONJ Dolores Catania talks her film Breaking Points. Interview with Dolores:

Lliam Higgins and Taylor Purdee of Killian and the Comeback Kids flank RHONJ Dolores Catania

Watching the Red Carpet

Tony Damiano and Celia Austin stand with Actor/Producer RJ Konner of WOF Productions

Suzanne Curry chatting with Soap Star/Director Cady McClain about
Seeing is Believing: Women Direct. Interview with Cady:

RHONJ Dolores Catainia poses with fans on the Red Carpet

Festival Committee Members Connor Moriary, Tess Guiliani and Dottie Fucito
prepare the lanywards. Festival volunteers are always needed to meet the needs of this growing festival.

Cast and Crew of Breaking Points Dolores Catania, Brad Forenza (center)

Tony Damiano and Celia Austin interview Carlotta Summers, filmmaker for Butterflies.
For more on Butterflies read:

Shane Curry of the Band Zoochie screened their music video

No comments:

Post a Comment