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 \u201cLiyana\u201d and the East Coast premiere of the uplifting Canadian documentary \u201cBand Geeks.\u201d \u201cWe had such positive feedback from our RIFF family-oriented film programming last season that we thought, \u2018Why wait until October?\u2019 So this spring, we\u2019re launching a one-day film festival geared to children and families,\u201d RIFF executive director Geoffrey Morris said.Festival Director Megan Smith-Harris said, \u201cexposing children to inventive, age-appropriate films from around the world is integral to engaging them in the arts. I\u2019m 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.\u201dThe daylong festival will include five sections: film shorts, the Ridgefield young filmmakers\u2019 screenings, international shorts, the feature documentary (\u201cBand Geeks\u201d) and the international feature (\u201cLiyana\u201d). \u201cLiyana\u201d 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. \u201cBand Geeks\u201d follows the Burlington Teen Tour Band on its quest to make it to the Rose Parade. Area filmmakers Dave Berman of Westchester County and Dave Goldenberg of Ridgefield, who were both producers at Nickelodeon, taught film making to two groups of Ridgefield middle schoolers last fall and the students\u2019 films will again be shown here. The films are about eight minutes each and titled \u201cThe Misadventures of Goldilocks and the Three Boys...and Let\u2019s Not Forget Little Red Riding Hood\u201d and \u201cBest Friends Forever and Ever.\u201d They were filmed locally and several local businesses, residents and a local cemetery make cameo appearances.\u201cThe most surprising takeaway for me was the kids\u2019 creativity and enthusiasm with the project,\u201d Berman said of working with the students. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t so much of a surprise as much as it was refreshing. Kids are inherently creative and have wonderful imaginations. The challenge we faced in the production was taking the ideas that the group came up with and translating it into something that was executable in the limited amount of time that we had.\u201dGoldenberg said kids watch films but they also make films and those who see themselves as filmmakers will learn how to watch films with a more critical eye. \u201cThese days every kid has a film studio in his or her pocket, and we help them learn how to use it. Learning how to tell a story in a way that understands what the audience is watching is a very important part of growing up, learning to see through the eyes of the people you are talking to.\u201dFor more information or tickets, visit www.RIFFct.org.