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RiverRun International Film Festival - CANCELED



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 13, 2020)—RiverRun International Film Festival is committed to the health and safety of our attendees, volunteers, staff, and community.  The widespread health concern about COVID-19 is a reminder of the global nature of our daily lives and interactions.  Given the latest news and the request to not convene groups over 100, we must announce the cancellation of the 2020 RiverRun International Film Festival.  While we will greatly miss seeing everyone come together to celebrate the diverse global stories reflected in our films, we place a greater priority on the wellbeing of our constituents.

Once it is safe to reconvene and for our guests to travel, we hope to schedule a few mini-fests in the coming year to highlight some of the great films that were part of this year’s program.  For donors and sponsors with badges and vouchers, please retain those and use them at our year-round screenings.

“The entire RiverRun team had worked tirelessly on what was shaping up to be one of our best festivals ever,” RiverRun Executive Director Rob Davis said.  “We are saddened for the filmmakers and creators who we had looked forward to celebrating, but the health and safety of our community must be the priority.”



One-On-One in Winston-Salem presents: RiverRun International Film Festival 20th Anniversary (2018 Festival)


After showcasing some of the best in independent film for the last 20 years, it comes to no surprise that USA Today 10Best named RiverRun International Film Festival as one of "10 Amazing Film Festivals Worth Traveling For."

Though the 2020 festvial has been canceled due to health concerns of COVID-19, festival goers can look forward to 2021 to celebrate and explore the wonderful works of film presented during RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC. RiverRun is one of the fastest-growing regional film festivals in the U.S., and a premier film festival in the Southeast. This Academy Award-qualifying film festival showcases a variety of narrative, documentary, student, animated and short films from all genres. The 11-day festival is held at a variety of unique venues throughout Winston-Salem, including outdoor screenings.

The Festival traditionally screens 170+ films from more than 40 countries. Annually held in spring, RiverRun 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.  Noted Filmmakers and special guests travel to 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.









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