Stu Krieger to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Riverside International Film Festival

15th annual Riverside International Film Festival April 21-30

The 15th annual Riverside International Film Festival will run from April 21-30.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Stu Krieger, professor of screen and television writing in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF) on Friday, April 21.

“I have to say I’m surprised and deeply honored to be receiving this award, especially in such august company as fellow honorees Ed Asner and the late Johnny Cash,” Krieger said. “Since the bulk of my career was spent in family entertainment, one of the most rewarding aspects of making the transition to full-time academia has been to constantly hear from students how my work influenced and impacted their lives and created warm, lasting memories from childhood. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Krieger is most well-known for writing the animated classic “The Land Before Time” for producers Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, and for co-writing the Emmy Award-winning mini-series “A Year in the Life.” Among his more than 25 produced credits, Krieger wrote 10 original movies for the Disney Channel, including “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” and its two sequels, as well as “Tru Confessions,” “Smart House,” “Phantom of the Megaplex,” and “Cow Belles.” He was also nominated for a Humanitas Prize for co-writing the Disney Channel original movie, “Going to the Mat.”

Stu Krieger

“Here at the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production, we are fortunate to have such an accomplished professor of writing whose knowledge is matched by his generosity as a teacher and mentor,” said Erith Jaffe-Berg, chair of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at UCR.

Since its conception in 2002, RIFF has brought the best in contemporary international and independent films to the Inland Empire. Now in its 15th year, it will feature films from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Iran, Poland, Sweden, and many more. There will also be a local film, “Love in Moreno Valley,” which tells the story of contemporary teenagers.

This year’s festival is from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 30. There will be more than 100 films shown throughout the 10 days, showcasing feature, short, documentary, and animated films from all over the world. RIFF will also spotlight films related to veterans and the military, and science fiction and horror films. Krieger will be honored during the festival’s opening gala on April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

For the full film schedule, ticket information and more, visit the Riverside International Film Festival website.

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