RiverRun International Film Festival March 30 – April 9, 2017

RiverRun International Film Festival

March 30 – April 9, 2017

Winston-Salem is the proud home of one of the fastest-growing film festivals in the South. Now in its 19th year, RiverRun International Film Festival brings critically-acclaimed, cutting-edge films and talents to the Camel City.

Enjoy more than 150 groundbreaking narrative, documentary, animated, and archival films from around the world in 11 days. Find your passion on screen; whether it’s activism, history, music, travel, North Carolina films or the absurd, RiverRun has something for everyone.

Academy Awards® Accreditation

See films as they compete for Oscar® consideration! RiverRun is an Academy Awards-qualifying film festival in both its documentary and animated shorts categories. RiverRun Jury winners in those categories can apply directly to the Academy for consideration to be nominated for an Oscar!

Archival Films and Highlight
on Cuban Cinema

RiverRun offers the rare opportunity to see classic, silent, 35mm and 70mm archival films on the big screen. Among the archival film selections this year, The Spotlight: Cuba on Screen curated program will highlight the cinema of a nation only recently accessible once again to our American consciousness, in an effort to better understand the artistic achievements of a nation censored from us for so long behind literal and figurative blockades. Each screening will be introduced by a relevant scholar or filmmaker for additional context, and when available, projected from 35mm film prints. 

RiverRun Family Day: Apri. 1st –  FREE


Hanesbrands Theatre – FREE

Come early and join our friends from SECCA for hands-on interactive art-making activities from 9 – 9:45 AM before the show and stay for the animated shorts screening at 10:00 a.m.

Peppercorn Theatre at RiverRun

1:00 pm at Hanesbrands Theatre – FREE

Peppercorn Theatre will present the short stage play before the screening of Stick Man an Animated Short


Sponsored by Mast General Store

Opens at 6 p.m., film begins at 8 p.m. (or sunset)

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of the beloved 1971 Gene Wilder film. The event will feature food trucks, Hoots Beer Company and Dewey’s Ice Cream.

More Family Fun Saturday, April 8th:


Hanesbrands Theatre – FREE

Come early and join Peppercorn at RiverRun as they present “The Prop Shop Pop Up,” a pop-up maker activity from The Prop Shop, a new exhibit devoted to making and building your own stories with puppets, props and costumes at 9:30 a.m.

Following Peppercorn at RiverRun, animated shorts screening begins at 10 a.m.

Film Industry Guests

RiverRun brings more than 100 film industry guests to Winston-Salem each year from all over the world, creating a little bit of Hollywood right in the Twin City. Our community welcomes guests with that Winston-Salem Southern hospitality that often brings them back for more. Festival audiences can get answers from the source as filmmakers participate in Q & A sessions immediately following their screenings and at discussion panels.

Be a part of the RiverRun experience! Get the full lineup of films, membership details, events and ticket info at