The RiverRun International Film Festival, based in Winston-Salem, NC,

is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.


“Goals vs. Expectations:  Goals are things that you can control. You can write five pages of your screenplay today, or write a grant proposal to try to raise money by the end of the week.  Expectations are things that you cannot control. Will the agent like my script? Will my film get into a prestigious film festival? Will people like my movie? As long as you stick to your goals, you can be much more creatively productive. You get in trouble when your expectations start becoming your goals. And the farther you go along and the more successful you are, it’s much easier for those expectations to become your goals. And this can be totally heartbreaking. You have to ask yourself the question: are you working to achieve your goals, or are you working to try to achieve your expectations? If you’re doing it because you want to achieve your expectations, you’re probably in the wrong business.” – James Duff (Director of RiverRun 2015 Audience Award-winning Altered States film, “Hank and Asha”)

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“Festivals like RiverRun are what filmmakers dream of. The program is consistently comprised of the most interesting truly-independent films of that year. Downtown Winston-Salem becomes a lively, yet intimate place for filmmakers, industry, and audiences to absorb and discuss films without any of the built in stresses of larger festivals.”

–Daniel Carbone, Director (Hide Your Smiling Faces)

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Spotlight on Black American Filmmakers

This year, RiverRun will present a six-film Spotlight on Black American Cinema from 1971-1991, exclusively featuring films directed by black filmmakers, in an effort to draw attention to their contributions and importance to American cinema as a whole. The program spans three decades and includes films that are familiar and considered classics, as well as rarely screened gems.

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“Coming to RiverRun gives a film-lover the chance for a respite from hype. At RiverRun, the thoughtful attention to the films chosen and the overall loving of film for film, movies for their craft and content, not for star-power or commercial value is a needed sanctuary and chance to see work that is off the beaten trail. The atmosphere and venues are welcoming in the way that some of us really need!”

–Debra Granik, Academy Award® nominated Director (Winter’s Bone)

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