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The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF), now in its fourth year, presents the inaugural Kids Film Fest at the Ridgefield Theater Barn April 27. Headlining a lineup designed for children and families from animated and live auction features to documentary films is the South African film “Liyana” and the East Coast premiere of the uplifting Canadian documentary “Band Geeks.”
“We had such positive feedback from our RIFF family-oriented film programming last season that we thought, ‘Why wait until October?’ So this spring, we’re launching a one-day film festival geared to children and families,” RIFF executive director Geoffrey Morris said.
Festival Director Megan Smith-Harris said, “exposing children to inventive, age-appropriate films from around the world is integral to engaging them in the arts. I’m particularly excited this year to include RIFF Redux, two short films created by Ridgefield students in grades four to six that screened at RIFF in the fall.”
The daylong festival will include five sections: film shorts, the Ridgefield young filmmakers’ screenings, international shorts, the feature documentary (“Band Geeks”) and the international feature (“Liyana”). “Liyana” centers on five orphans in the Kingdom of eSwanti (formerly known as Swaziland) who turn past trauma into an original tale about a girl, Liyana, who undertakes a dangerous mission to save her young twin brothers. “Band Geeks” follows the Burlington Teen Tour Band on its quest to make it to the Rose Parade.