Riverside International Film Festival Set for April 17 to April 21

A gala is set for 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 at UC Riverside’s Culver Center for the Arts.

Poster image by Noor Khodr

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Everyone likes free movies, right?

UC Riverside students staff and faculty can get in free with a UCR identification card to the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF), set this year from Wednesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 21 at the  Riverside Regal Cinemas at Riverside Plaza.

“This is our 11th year and UCR has been a supportive sponsor of the festival,” said festival founder Dr. Harkeerat Dhillon. “I would love for the UCR community to come see what we are doing and to submit films for the festival.”

There are films from Germany, India, Mexico, France, co-productions from Romania, Italy, Brazil, Turkey, Israel and Russia. There are also independent films from Hollywood, and a student film competition.

“We have a wonderful selection of features, shorts and documentaries in five intensive days of film screenings from around the world,” said Dhillon. He mentioned that there will also be workshops, and panel discussions.

Film festival cost for the public is typically $8 per movie, with day long and festival passes available.

A gala celebration is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at UCR’s Culver Center for the Arts in downtown Riverside. Cost for that event is $75.

UC Riverside has sponsored the festival in the past. UCR’s former Chancellor Timothy P. White asked that some of this year’s sponsorship money be set aside to pay for students, staff and faculty who want to attend films, as a way of building a connection between the campus and the community.

“The festival has been growing every year, which is a good sign for me and for the festival,” Dhillon said.  Maria C. Martinez, a UC Riverside alumna who teaches languages at Claremont McKenna College, selected the films this year. The full list is now available here:

One of the student films, “Zane,” features fourth year theatre major Yan Tkach in the lead. The short film is about choices made by a young man who is trying to rise above poverty.

Academy Award winning film, “The Artist” is also on the schedule.

Noor Khodr created the film festival banner with film reel and orange. Noor will receive $250 as well as All Access Passes to this year’s festival. The poster is being currently displayed around the Riverside Plaza as the face of the 2013 Riverside International Film Festival.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
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Additional Contacts

Dr. Harki Dhillon
E-mail: Harkeerat.dhillon@gmail.com

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