Riverside – Riverside’s 16th Annual International Film Festival begins April 17 and will continue through April 22. The event will be hosted in downtown Riverside.
The festival has a reputation for bringing the best in contemporary international and independent films to the Inland Empire. This year’s event will screen sixty-one films from 14 countries and include feature, animation, short, documentary and student films. Feature films at this year’s event will focus on social upheaval, human conflict and the boldness of the human spirit. Audiences will also have an opportunity to enjoy the best of comedy, science fiction and horror.
In addition, this year’s festival will feature “My Name is Myeisha,” a film based on the story of a 19-year-old woman who was shot to death by police in Riverside on Dec. 28, 1998. The film is an adaptation of the award-winning play “Dreamscape,” written by Rickerby Hinds, professor of playwriting, film and digital productions at UC Riverside. The film was directed and co-written by Gus Krieger, the son of Stu Krieger, who won RIFF’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The film will be shown 5:30 p.m. on April 22.
The Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF) will open with a showing of “Tribal Justice, “ a documentary that explores the work of the chief judges in two of California’s largest tribes, the Yurok on the northwest coast and the Quechan in the southern desert. These judges—both women—are looking back to traditional forms of justice to create new court systems. One of the judges—Claudette White—will attend the screening and hold a discussion afterward.
Also, beginning at 6 p.m. on opening night, RIFF will host a free community event, the screening of “California’s Forgotten Children,” a feature-length documentary about human trafficking. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from local community agencies and the judicial system to identify resources available for at-risk youth.
RIFF will end with a Ceremony on April 22 where awards will be given in the categories of best feature, best documentary, best short, best student film, best animation, best director, best cinematography, best editing, best actor and best actress.