Ridgefield Independent Film Festival returns this week

October 17, 2018 GMT

The annual Ridgefield Independent Film Festival will return this year with a Wilton graduate’s directorial debut and a new award dedicated to a late Ridgefield resident.

The festival, now in its third year, begins Thursday evening with a screening of “Wildlife,” an adapted version of Richard Ford’s American classic written by Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano, who graduated from Wilton High School in 2002. The film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, is also directed by Dano.

At opening night in The Ridgefield Playhouse the winner of the “Joe Consentino Emerging Filmmaker Award,” a new competition created in honor of the Ridgefield resident who died last year, will be announced. Six films by first-time feature filmmakers will be in the running for the award, which will be presented by Sandra Consentino.

The festival will continue with a slate of 103 independent films from 20 countries over the rest of the weekend.


Special events include “RIFF’ing With...,” a series of live interviews with filmmakers and actors that this year will feature Allison Williams, known for her roles in “Get Out” and “Girls.” Williams will join author, editor and co-creator of HBO’s “Vinyl” Rich Cohen on Saturday at the Aldrich Museum.

Other screenings and events will take place at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, The Ridgefield Library, The Ridgefield Playhouse and Ridgefield Theater Barn throughout the weekend. A full schedule can be found on the festival’s website.