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Richmond International Film Festival

The 2021 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) in Richmond, Virginia, scheduled for early May has been postponed until September 14-19, 2021. In the announcement, Heather Waters, RIFF Founder & Producer, was optimistic that come September, with the vaccine rollout, the festival will be able to return to the silver screen together in person for the 10th Year Anniversary celebration.

Dear Friends of RIFF,

As you know, the 2021 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) was scheduled for early May. After careful deliberation the last few weeks and speaking with our colleagues & fellow community leaders, RIFF has made the decision to postpone the 2021 festival until September 14-19, 2021.

While festival planning has been underway for several months and that will continue in full swing, our primary goal in the meantime is to ensure we take the extra safety precautions needed to protect our wonderful patrons, partners, visiting filmmakers, musicians and the community at large.

It is our hope that come September with the new dates, the vaccine will have had enough time to be widely distributed, and we will all be able to return to the silver screen together in person to enjoy all the festival has to offer.

Our sincere thanks to you for all of your support and encouragement each step of the way. That support is often times what has kept us going strong through the difficult times the last year, and we are so grateful.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at You may also refer to the home page of the festival website as we will post all updated announcements there:

Stay tuned, in the coming weeks the festival will be announcing some exciting developments for this year’s fest, which is RIFF’s 10th Year Anniversary celebration! Also this spring, announcements will begin regarding upcoming special guests, Official Selection films, bands and all other special events.

We all have a lot of celebrating to do after the challenges communities everywhere have faced the past year, and we look very forward to doing that with you again soon! Until then, wishing you and your family a safe and healthy few weeks ahead.

Very best regards,
Heather Waters
RIFF Founder & Producer

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