The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF), which runs from February 26-March 1, 2015, brings more than 120 international inspiring and cutting edge films represented by more than 25 countries to the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas. In addition to film screenings, the festival will have industry panels, question and answer sessions, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers. The festivities bring the spirit of Hollywood into the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area, through the utilization of Virginia’s Bow-Tie Movieland/Criterion Theater, the Virginia Historical Society, and the historic Byrd Theater of Richmond, Virginia.
The RIFF Official Selection consists of a diverse range of feature films, short films, music videos, and screenplays across all genres. RIFF provides an exciting and unforgettable atmosphere for film-makers, film enthusiasts and patrons, as well as an excellent networking platform for talent from around the globe. Official Selection filmmakers and writers attend the festival week for their Richmond premiere, and are competing for top honors with the Audience and Grand Jury categories. The festival opens on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. with a Community and Youth Outreach Day at the historic Byrd Theater in Richmond, Virginia. The event highlights youth and filmmakers.
Later, opening day festivities continue with a ‘Swedish Mixer’ with drinks and appetizers at Bowe-Tie Movieland Cinema from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., which will be followed by a screening of the Golden Globe Nominated film Force Majeure. The film stars Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, and Clara Wettergren, and is about a family on a ski holiday in the French Alps that find they are staring down an avalanche during lunch one day.
The Feature Film Head-liner for the festival, Wish You Well, will have its Richmond premier on Thursday February 26,2015 at 7:15 p.m. at the Byrd Theater. The inspirational dramatic feature film is written by best-selling author, David Baldacci, directed by Darnell Martin, produced by Sara Elizabeth Timmins, David Baldacci, Karen S. Spiegel, and Erica Arvold, and starring Josh Lucas, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and JP Vanderloo. This extraordinary drama explores the lives, challenges and triumphs of a brother and sister coming of age in 1940’s Virginia. The film will be followed with a Question and Answer session with the author David Baldacci and producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins.
The festival runs from February 26th through March 1st, 2015. Additional information and tickets may be found through RIFF at www.rvafilmfestival.com