One of the fastest-growing regional film festivals in the U.S., and a premier film festival in the Southeast, RiverRun is an Academy Award-qualifying film festival showcasing a variety of feature-length and short films from all genres. This year's 11-day festival lineup features 165 films -- 91 shorts and 74 features. The films represent 35 countries.
Held each April, RiverRun screens a wide variety of feature-length and short films from all genres, and also presents a broad range of special events, including high-profile regional premieres, celebrity tributes, family matinees and classic retrospectives as well as a mixture of panel discussions and parties. Filmmakers and guests travel share their films, passions and stories with audiences.
Comparable in size and scope to the well-regarded film festivals in Nashville, Atlanta and Boston, RiverRun is a general audience festival that draws attendees from throughout the South and offers an eclectic program from film studios, independent distributors and first-time filmmakers. As the Festival has obtained national and international recognition, RiverRun has attracted substantial press and increased levels of attendance.
The popular event also offers a robust selection of free screenings including Saturday Morning Cartoons, the dog-friendly Fido Frolic & Film and the year-round Films with Class program which takes films and curriculum into local classrooms. One of RiverRun's greatest assets is the collection of industry guests it brings to Winston-Salem each year, to attend the Festival's events and share their passion with the filmgoers attending screenings.
Spotlight on Black American Cinema; 1971-1991
This year RiverRun International Film Festival presents a six-film spotlight on Black American Cinema from 1971-1991, exclusively featuring films directed by Black filmmakers. The program features films that are considered classics beginning in the early 70's, immediately following the Civil Rights Movement, and ending in 1991, a year which saw both the first Academy Award nomination for an African-American filmmaker (John Singleton; Boyz n the Hood) and the first major Hollywood film directed by an African-American woman (Daughters of the Dust; Director Julie Dash).
“With this year’s Spotlight program, we wanted to showcase the work of some of this country’s most talented filmmakers of the post-Civil Rights era while also giving our audiences the chance to see these important films in a historical context,” said Andrew Rodgers, Executive Director for RiverRun.
Spotlight Program Film Lineup:
Shaft (1971) / Director: Gordon Parks
Killer of Sheep (1979) / Director: Charles Burnett
She’s Gotta Have It (1986) / Director: Spike Lee
Hollywood Shuffle (1987) / Director: Robert Townsend
Daughters of the Dust (1991) / Director: Julie Dash