The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Goes Virtual Feb. 27th - March 3rd 2021: Over 85 Films from the US and Around the World Including Free Presentations of Interest to Filmmakers and Film Fans Alike
This year the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival (NJ) celebrates its 10th anniversary. In keeping with the tradition of showcasing a broad array of quality films from local and international fillmmakers, the show will go on but virtually. Though nothing can replace the hustle and bustle of the RGIFF Red Carpet and parties in beautiful downtown Ridgewood, holding the festival virtually means that now anyone can view it from the comfort of their own home on their own device.
DATE CHANGE: From February 27th - March 3rd the festival will be available online. This year, the festival boasts over 80 films, ranging from shorts to documentaries, animation, music and two narrative features. More information and tickets, which are reasonably-priced can be found at https://ridgewoodguildfilmfest.com/. Please be patient and continue to check this website as it will be updated with new information as the festival grows closer. You will be able to purchase films in "buckets" or groups, and view them on demand within a window on many of your devices.
Academy Award-nominated Eric Roberts visited the festival last year for his starring role in Joshua Coates' new film.
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Free Special Presentations
For those wanting a glimpse into the film world, there are several free special presentations (Specials) that can be viewed for free. Scheduled thus far include Q & A with some of the filmmakers, a Master Class in Film Marketing, a networking session, and an interview with a local famous actor. Check the website on how you can watch or participate in these.
The Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival is proud to present the following films from the US and around the world.
A Case of Blue (Narrative Feature) — Dana H. Glazer A dilemma (Short) — Sam Iam ALINA - 2020 (Short) — Nora Mariana AMERICAN MARRIAGE (Short) — Giorgio Fontana AYEO (Animation) — Jacob Updyke Age of Bryce (Short) — David Feagan, Brian Elliot Amend (Short) — John Patrick Hayden Appetite (Short) — Maddy Freeman As Simple as Hello (Short) — Karson Kennedy Because I Love Him (Short) — Maddy Freeman Big Yellow Taxi (Music Video) — Matt Mahurin Blackhole. (Short) — Holly Pilcavage Blue Iris (Short) — Samiksha Thakur Brass Ring (Short) — Zachary Ross Bru'dhars (Short) — Sriram Papolu Buy Doll's House (Short) — Maxim Kulkov COUP! (Web/New Media) — Matthew Klaus Esolda, Brian Goodheart Chains (Short) — SENG 2Kx Chosen (Documentary) — Karlee King Defenseless (Short) — Javier Augusto Nunez Dignity (Short) — Pat Battistini Dining Room (Short) — Heidi Scott Down (Short) — John Chiodi EDEN (Short) — Brent Costantino, Anthony Mernacaj ELUDE (Short) — Alejandro Santora Egg on Your Face (Short) — Josh Parkhill Empty Windows (Short) — Andrew Rosenstein, Joseph Rosenstein Everybody Said (Music Video) — Brian Ostering, Amanda Duncan FAULT (Short) — Ian Havens garage (Short) — Michael P. Jahoda
Goodnight Death (Short) — Elsa Levytksy Hackers: The Misfit Superheroes (Documentary) — Ethan Wilk Heat Wave (Short) — Melanie Coffey, Ryan DiBiase Helping (Animation) — Emely Cintron How Long (Music Video) — Matt Mahurin In Sync (Short) — Eddie Shieh Instinct (Animation) — Yinuo Wei It's Called Revenge (Short) — Michelle Burger I’m Alright (Music Video) — Andy If KADDISH (Short) — Razid Season Like Father (Short) — Jonathan Chekroune Love Songs Showscape from GORKY’S DREAM GARDEN (Feature) — Michelle Ekizian MY TAGALONG (Animation) — Jerry Wang Merrick Carlyle Has a Problem (Short) — Hailey Jackson Missing Pieces (Short) — Jina Moran Ms. Rossi (Short) — Pat Battistini Narc (Short) — Jackson Coates New Year's Day (Short) — Noelle White, Rea Silver Chisholm Oddly Popular (Web/New Media) — Fred Gallo Paath (The Lesson) (Short) — Karan Singh Rathore Q: ghostly remote effect (Short) — Marcus Hanisch Runaway (Short) — Michelle Tang SKUBER (Short) — Cat London Scarlet Circle (Short) — Ryan Cervasio Seeing You Again (Short) — Brandon Siavichay Shifting Gears (Animation) — Leeann Cintron Shyft (Short) — Jennifer Plotzke Sing To Me (Short) — Luz Cabrales Something to Celebrate (Short) — Ellie Schuckman Soul Bones (Short) — Andrew Huggins Survivor Stories (Documentary) — Ivan Verlaan, Julina DeZorzi Sycamore (Short) — Mehmet Tığl THE FIRST SNOWFALL (Short) — Yanghuixiao Gao Tavola (Short) — Nikolas Grasso Thank You Kindly (Short) — Noah Weisberg Thaw (Short) — Sigge Widmark The Blue Marble (Web/New Media) — Ralph Toporoff The Boy At Platform 3 (Short) — Michael Daniel Vetter "The Circle" Episodes 1-5 (Web/New Media) — Carlton Thompson
The Della Morte Sisters (Short) — Bill Sorvino The Dispensable (Short) — Robert J Morgalo The Interrogation (Short) — Bob Klein The Perfect Cup (Short) — Joey Scelza The Quiet Pain (Short) — Timothy Amatulli The Six (Short) — Trent Dawson The Start of a New Day (Documentary) — Emma Russo The Waiting Room (Short) — Mike West The Woods (Short) — Spencer Muhlstock, Benjamin Calder The astronaut's journal (Animation) — Marina Belikova Tongue Tied (Short) — Noelle White, David Mansour UNCAGED (Documentary) — Dylan Skinner, Harrison Bahrenburg Unsafe (Short) — Tori Kotsen, Ilya Zorin Voice (Documentary) — Maggie Ding What Did You Do Today? (Short) — Britney Bautista When it's Dark Enough, You Can See Stars (Short) — Reilly Widmayer
Awards Party from Live Festival
The festival lineup includes two feature length films: Dana H. Glazer’s romantic drama A Case of Blue, starring Stephen Schnetzer and Annapurna Sriram, and Michelle Ekizian’s Love Songs Showscape from Gorky’s Dream Garden, a genre-bending hybrid opera. Some other notable entries include: Trent Dawson’s The Six, a crumbling romance shot entirely in an NYC subway;Elsa Levytksy’s Goodnight Death starring Callum Blue of The Tudors, where the Grim Reaper follows a young girl out to stop a serial killer; Dylan Skinner’s documentary about the fashion industry’s effect on body image UNCAGED;Spencer Muhlstock’s beautifully filmed and chillingly presented The Woods; Luz Cabrales’ Sing To Me, which explores the relationship between friendship, grief, and love.
Other films of note include: Nora Mariana’s heart-poundingly intense story of an escape attempt from a Warsaw Ghetto in Alina; Lioness Studios’ Merrick Carlyle Has a Problem, which pits a teenage sociopath against the power of young love; Emergency Contact’s witty and socially relevant web series Coup!; Eddie Shieh’s In Sync, which hilariously asks what to do when both husband and wife bring home a new partner at the same time; Pat Battistini’s Ms. Rossi, a clever and whimsical foreign language short; Bob Klein’s comical depiction of justice in the MeToo era in The Interrogation, Ethan Wilk’s deep dive into the world of professional hacking in the documentary, Hackers:The Misfit Superheroes and many more, many of which are premieres.
Scene from #RGIFF Narrative Feature A Case of Blue starring Stephen Schnetzer and Annapurna Sriram