Call for Student Ambassadors

RiverRun is looking for social media-savvy students to be our Festival Ambassadors. This select group of students will promote the different aspects of the festival in the weeks leading up to RiverRun’s 2017 Festival (March 30 – April 9, 2017). Our goal is to increase awareness and involvement in this entertaining and enlightening cultural event to a younger generation of film-lovers in the local community.

RiverRun Retro: Barbara Stanwyck Film & Book Signing 2/2/17


7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hanesbrands Theatre
209 N. Spruce St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

RiverRun International Film Festival’s RiverRun Retro presents a film screening of Stella Dallas, starring Barbara Stanwyck, and a discussion with Stanwyck’s biographer, Victoria Wilson, followed by a book signing of her biography, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck Steel – True: 1907 – 1940. The event will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at Hanesbrands Theatre, located at 209 W. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem.

RiverRun Launches RiverRun Retro November 4th!

RiverRun Retro will be a year-round initiative of RiverRun International Film Festival spotlighting individuals and films that have contributed to the cultural and commercial fabric of motion pictures. By bringing in special guests to discuss their careers, RiverRun Retro will pay tribute to those who have influenced the medium, and audiences will be exposed to fascinating history and backstory of the art form, as a supplement to our annual springtime Festival. The inaugural event, RiverRun Retro: An Evening with Millie Perkins, will take place Friday, November 4, 2016, at Hanesbrands Theatre, featuring special guest Millie Perkins in an on-stage interview by Foster Hirsch. The program will also feature clips from Perkins’ extensive acting career, including her debut role as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a reception to follow, featuring beverages from Hoots Beer Co. and McRitchie Winery, along with light hors d’oeuvres from Mooney’s Mediterranean Café. Complimentary tickets are available for students grades K-12 by emailing Tickets for adults are available online at: Millie Perkins is a film and television actress best known for her film debut as Anne Frank in George Stevens’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank (20th Century Fox, 1959). Subsequently, Perkins was placed under contract to Fox, but it was a tumultuous relationship with Perkins being suspended for refusing to appear in Tess of the Storm Country. After appearing as Elvis Presley’s girlfriend in Wild in the Country, Perkins left Fox to appear in Ensign Pulver and Jack Nicholson’s existential Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind. More...

MEET THE PATELS – FREE Screening 12/6

Directed by Geeta Patel & Ravi Patel

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Huber Theatre
Salem College
601 S. Church St.
Winston-Salem, NC
FREE and open to the public
Panel discussion to follow

Ravi Patel is almost 30, an actor, and, worst of all to his traditional Hindu parents, still single. After he breaks up with his white girlfriend, Ravi submits to his parents’ wishes and allows them to play matchmaker, helping him navigate through a system that has brought marriage to many others in his family. The true-life romantic comedy Meet the Patels explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life — love.

RiverRun Announces New Executive Director

RiverRun International Film Festival is pleased to announce that Rob Davis has been selected as the new executive director for RiverRun. Davis will relocate to Winston-Salem from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was Chief Development Officer for American Public Media’s Classical South Florida (CSF) network of public radio stations for the past five years.

Arts Council Summer Parks Series – FREE Outdoor Screening at Tanglewood Park 5/15

Join us at Tanglewood Park May 15th for an evening of “Film & Dance” outdoors! As part of the Arts Council Summer Parks Series, RiverRun is presenting a free screening of the 1992 romantic comedy Strictly Ballroom, preceded by a performance by the dance professionals at Fred Astaire Dance studio. Touted as the “Dirty Dancing of Australia,” Strictly Ballroom is a 1992 romantic comedy of a maverick dancer who risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. In case of rain, the event will be held at the scheduled time at Hanesbrands Theatre. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates! Tanglewood Park 4061 Clemmons Rd Clemmons, NC...

RiverRun in the News: “RiverRun Festival Wraps Happy” – Yes! Weekly

“This has been such an incredible 11 days,” said Mary Dossinger.

With Sunday’s closingnight screening of Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, the 18th annual RiverRun International Film Festival came to a close, having screened 166 films – 76 features and 90 shorts, representing 44 countries — during its 11-day run in Winston-Salem.

At the screening, which took place at the ACE Exhibition Complex on the UNCSA campus and was standing-room-only (among those in attendance was Winston-Salem mayor Allen Joines), RiverRun program manager Dossinger expressed her appreciation to the staff, sponsors, volunteers, filmmakers and, perhaps most important, the audiences who came out to support the festival and revel in the magic of movies.

UPDATE on The Violin Teacher screening for Sunday, 4/17

We want to extend our sincerest apologies once again to the gracious group of patrons who attempted to see 10:00 am screening THE VIOLIN TEACHER this morning, thank you all so much for your understanding and flexibility! We were doubtful at the time that the 12:00 pm show tomorrow (Sunday) would be able to proceed, but have received further updates. To clarify, the 12:00 pm screening for tomorrow WILL go on as scheduled, and tickets are still available. We are so sorry that a technical snafu disrupted your morning but appreciate your understanding. You all...

8/25/2015 News Release:

Wells Fargo Increases Support for RiverRun Educational Outreach
Films with Class goes digital

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – Wells Fargo will expand its relationship with the RiverRun International Film Festival by increasing its support of the Festival’s year-round Films With Class educational outreach program. Wells Fargo will provide $25,000 in direct support to RiverRun, and will serve as a presenting sponsor of the Festival’s Films With Class programs. This new level of support will enable RiverRun to utilize new digital tools to reach more Forsyth County classrooms over the coming months.

“This generous support from our long-time supporter Wells Fargo will help us enlarge RiverRun’s digital footprint and increase our free educational film offerings for classrooms outside our region, serving even more young minds,” said RiverRun Executive Director, Andrew Rodgers.

“The arts are a vital part of our communities and the development of our youth,” said Peggy Reingold, community affairs officer for Wells Fargo. “Film education strengthens critical thinking skills, stimulates imagination and promotes a creative and inclusive environment, and Wells Fargo is proud to support RiverRun in their efforts to teach these important concepts to children across Forsyth County.”

In addition to its regular programming during the Festival, RiverRun presents free public screenings to students and participating schools throughout the year as well as during the run of the annual Festival. Films with Class is the most active component of RiverRun’s year-round events, and unique among film festivals. Through these outreach efforts, RiverRun helps thousands of students understand the diversity of the human experience and the need for global understanding.

Films with Class works with K-12 educators and curriculum coordinators to find new ways of incorporating great films into the classroom. The program selects films from around the world and creates lesson plans that enhance established curriculum goals. RiverRun also holds complimentary student-audience screenings during the Festival that offer students the “festival experience.” Since 2009, Films with Class has visited dozens of schools and provided enlightening experiences through film to more than 23,000 students in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools.

“RiverRun’s ‘Films with Class’ program introduces students to films they wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to see,” said Jane McKim, RiverRun’s Community Director. “These films not only enrich and enhance school curriculum, they provoke and spark insightful dialogue which in turn contributes significantly to the learning process.”

The 18th RiverRun International Film Festival will be held April 7-17, 2016, in downtown Winston-Salem.

About RiverRun International Film Festival

RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. The RiverRun International Film Festival’s operating budget for the 2015-2016 year is $790,000, which is comprised primarily of gifts from corporations, individual donors and grants. For more information visit or call 336-724-1502.