RiverRun currently offers three programs.

RiverRun International Film Festival

The RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional event based in Winston-Salem, NC and is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States. The 17th annual RiverRun will be held April 16–26, 2015. 

Founded in 1998, RiverRun was inspired by the French Broad River near Brevard, North Carolina, where the festival was originally held. Each year since its inception, RiverRun has grown substantially. The 2014 Festival featured 141 films from 33 different countries. 

Films with Class

In addition to our regular programming RiverRun presents free public screenings to students and participating schools throughout the year and during the run of the annual Festival. This Education Outreach initiative is part of our most active component of RiverRun’s year-round activities and is called “Films with Class.” Through these efforts, RiverRun helps thousands of students understand the diversity of the human experience and become better global citizens.


A partnership between a/perture cinema and RiverRun, Cineclub is an exclusive, year-round screening series designed to showcase new and exciting independent films that emerge in the many months outside of our festival dates.  Our programming team sees so many outstanding films throughout the year that it’s simply impossible to include them all during the festival proper, and Cineclub is another venue to highlight films that we adore but elude us somehow in April.  Cineclub screenings are held at a/perture cinema on the second Monday of each month at 8 p.m.