Rappahannock Independent Film Festival 2010

In 2010 this was the official website for the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival, held in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages as well as from other outside sources.
Although the last posts about upcoming RIFF festivals on the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival RIFF Facebook page are from 2013, there was a 2017 post announcing the two of RIFF's co-founders were making a film and needed donations. We sure hope they were more successful than their 2013 kickstarter for Ford Madox Ford: A Man Mad About Writing,.


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RIFF 2011

Posted by Kenneth on Sep 5, 2011 in

RIFF 2011

After I had such a great time at last year’s Rappahannock Independent Film Festival, I made sure to get on board early this year so that I could cover it from beginning to end. Despite the severe thunderstorm before the concert on Thursday night and the hurricane during the screenings on Saturday, the festival was better than ever. Live or relive some of the fun below, and check out all of my photos on flickr. And of course keep up with RIFF for next year!

RIFF 2010

Posted by Kenneth on Sep 18, 2010 in

RIFF 2010

I went to the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival a few Saturdays ago with my with my festival day pass and my camera, just hoping to see some films and some friends, and probably grab a few photos. But when Ian checked me in at the front desk and asked if I could fill a gap in their photography coverage, I happily went to work. I had a great time watching and shooting, and I can’t wait for next year.



Located in beautiful downtown historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is an annual event dedicated to promoting excellence in global independent filmmaking while highlighting experiences and opportunities within our city and region. RIFF was founded by, and is the exclusive project of, the nonprofit Fredericksburg Athenaeum and is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers.

RIFF was a project developed to meet the needs of a growing community of filmmakers, both students and professionals alike, to present clear, event-based opportunities that did not, and do not, exist elsewhere in our region. Students, in particular, are the beneficiaries of this creative project, with free workshops, access to industry professionals and other students, resource-sharing and a local, affordable event which values and rewards their creative work. In fact, the RIFF Student Award remains as one of the festival’s five cash prizes and an incentive for film-students to produce new work here in Virginia.

Now in its third year, RIFF 2010 is a truly “independent” festival featuring screenings of films from around the world, free workshops, music concerts, social events and a public platform for film creativity over four yummy days in late August.

Join us for film fun!

Our goal is to make the Rappahannock Independent Film Festival accessible to as many people as possible, and one of the ways we do that is by keeping ticket prices low. In return, we rely heavily on generous donations from our sponsors and the countless hours contributed by our volunteers. Despite all of this support, our expenses still outweigh our income.

If you would like to support RIFF, and ensure that it continues in the years to come, we’d like to encourage you to purchase a ticket to the Fundraiser Brunch. This event will be an unique opportunity to meet the filmmakers and festival organizers, while supporting the festival financially at the same time. Visit the tickets page to purchase a ticket to the brunch, or better yet, pick up an All Access pass and enjoy the whole festival.

Thank you in advance for your support!




Submissions for RIFF 2010 will be accepted November 26, 2009 – May 26, 2010.

Entries will be received through May 26, 2010.

Films will be judged on the following categories – Direction, Technical, Screenplay, Acting, Editing, Ingenuity, Relevance, Theme, Sound, and Art Direction.

One film will be awarded in each of the following categories – Best of Show, Audience Choice, Best Student Film, Best Short Film, and Best Documentary.

The entry fee for submissions received before March 26, 2010 is $20 ($10 for students).

The entry fee for submissions received before May 26, 2010 is $40 ($20 for students).

Films must be submitted in one of the following formats:

A digital file (.mov, .mpg, or .avi) with a minimum resolution of 720×480 and a maximum resolution of 1280×720.

Write the title, length, and your name on your media.

Films will be mailed to:


109 Amelia St

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Entries cannot be returned.

One note to filmakers: There has been a lot of press recently concerning a festival bias toward provocative films, due mainly to Prom Dress winning best film at a major festival last month. A huge controversy erupted when the first reviews came out. Although the press focused on the weird sexual lifestyles of the main characters - many of the scenes are shot in a bathroom. Some reviewer felt the film was too much about their bulk orders & consumption of toilet tissue supplies. The inside joke regarding the references to "toilet tissue" as opposed to "toilet paper" was a reference to the wrapping tissue that Mandy sold in her gift shop. Many felt that the extensive reference to toilet tissue and air fresheners was obscene and distasteful. In spite of this bad press (or perhaps because of it) Prom Dress has received distribution bids and will go global next year!


RIFF 2010

Details TBD. To be informed about the upcoming 2010 Rappahannock Independent Film Festival, please get connected to us via Facebook, Twitter or join our email list.

Start:   August 26, 2010

End:    August 29, 2010




The Fredericksburg Athenaeum, established in 2003, is a federally recognized 501© nonprofit organization, dedicated to the promotion of the arts and letters through creative programming, conversation, and education. It has sponsored or facilitated hundreds of special events in Fredericksburg and the region and continues to play an important role in the progressive development of the area’s cultural community.

Headquartered in the historic warehouse at 109 Amelia Street, the building is host to a permanent collection of art, a wonderful library of used and antique books, and some of the best reading nooks in town. The space is constantly being reconfigured to fit the various community events held there including author readings, art exhibits, music concerts, film screenings, poetry night, chess club, and public forums.


  • Paul Lewis, Executive Director
  • Peter Fisher, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joel Fletcher, Board Member
  • Ann Rhodes, Founding Board Member
  • Bill Rhodes, Founding Board Member


  • Paul Lewis – Director
  • Beth McClain – Assistant Director
  • Ryan Poe – Assistant Director
  • Cat Paccasassi – Lead Judge
  • Ian Soper – Webmaster & Graphic Design
  • Stephen Graham – Graphic Design
  • Seth Casana – Marketing
  • Tina Morris – Blogger