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The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) screens more than 125 cutting edge film premieres plus six full days of panels, events, mixers, conferences and music making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. About RIFF RIFF is well known for its annual mandate that at least 95 percent of its festival line-up comes from submissions. Over the six days, the festival also provides a series of industry panels, the FLOW Collective conference, industry mixers, Q & As, fellowship programs, red carpet parties, and more than 35 music performances, all of which usher the spirit of Hollywood into the beautiful historic city of Richmond, Virginia. Multiple venues host throughout festival week including Bow Tie Movieland and Criterion Cinemas and the historic Byrd Theatre which USA Today has called the 1,300-seat theatre, "One of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States." Richmond is a thriving arts, food, and craft brewery hub in the US, and has been voted one of the best places for moviemakers to work and live in the country along with one of the top places for indie filmmakers to shoot their projects (Moviemaker Magazine). For more info on RVA: An inclusive and spirited festival designed to honor cutting edge filmmakers, the festival welcomes films of all genres and niches (features & shorts) plus music videos, episodic and web series. RIFF also accepts screenplays (features & shorts) of all genres through its annual screenplay competition. The winning screenplay selection receives honors during the same week of the film festival. RIFF also overlaps music during festival week and offers opportunities for filmmakers and musicians to forge new working relationships. With the aim of recognizing both award-winning veteran filmmakers and up-and-coming emerging talent, the festival gives a platform for all and works to promote its participating filmmakers and writers through various media outlets and partners. In addition to the annual top honor film awards in each category, each year the festival awards outstanding merit competition platforms for select films that highlight social change and create awareness through the use of film. RIFF is well known for championing independent filmmaking year-round and providing a collaborative platform for filmmakers, writers, musicians, and fans to engage. *Note: If due to the pandemic the festival dates are impacted, the festival will not cancel the festival, but instead postpone or proceed with a hybrid model according city and state protocols.


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