April 19-29, 2018

2016 Festival Events

RiverRun Gala Presented by PNC Bank

Join us for a celebration of RiverRun’s Opening Weekend and help welcome filmmakers and industry guests from around the world. Festivities begin at 9:00 and go until 1:00am! Featuring live music by Camel City Jazz Orchestra, a free photo booth by Mobile Photo, appetizers and desserts from area restaurants and drinks from our cash bar, this promises to be a great way to start the 2016 Festival!

April 8 / 9:00pm / Millennium Center / 101 West 5th Street – $18 / Buy tickets

Jim Henson Company Presentation

Free screening and panel conversation with staff from the Jim Henson Company!


April 9 / 12:30pm / Hanesbrands Theatre – 209 North Spruce Street – FREE

Pitch Fest-jury 2-ELarsonPhotoPitch Fest and Panel

In an effort to further promote the development of new filmmaking talent, RiverRun is again joining forces with universities around the state to present Pitch Fest. Student filmmakers will pitch their ideas for new documentaries to our panel of expert judges in the hopes of being awarded a cash prize and recognition within the industry. Following the competition judges will participate in a discussion about current trends in documentary filmmaking.

April 15 / 10:00am / Hanesbrands – 209 North Spruce Street – FREE

Seed & Spark’s Crowdfunding to Build Independence Panel

Why should you crowdfund a portion of your budget for every film? The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience!  Join us for this free presentation and panel on the topic of successful fundraising and distribution strategies for independent filmmakers with Seed & Spark Crowdfunding Specialist Christina Raia!


April 15 / 2:00pm / Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts – Mountcastle Forum – 251 N. Spruce Street –  FREE


Acting on Stage and Screen Panel with Rosemary Harris and Beth Henley

Join screen and stage actress Rosemary Harris (Notorious Woman, Tom & Viv, Hamlet)–winner of a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award, as well as being an Academy Award nominee–and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart, Miss Firecracker) for a spirited discussion about the finer points of dramatic performance as pertains to the stage and film/television alike.

April 16 / 3:00pm / Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts – Mountcastle Forum – 251 N. Spruce Street – FREE