Press Conference

RIFFA 2018 Jury panel will be adorned by some of the most illustrious names of international cinema and esteemed Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA, Canadian academy award, Indian national award and Palme d'Or award winners.

RIFFA has officially announced the Jury members for the upcoming edition of the 2018 festival and awards ceremony in a recent press conference on June 19, 2018. The 2018 RIFFA jury panel is graced by some of the most accomplished international figures from the world cinema who have been the celebrated recipients of the prestigious Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA, Canadian academy award, Indian national award and Palme d'Or awards.

The 2018 RIFFA is scheduled for August 14-18, 2018. The 2018 edition will be hosted at Cineplex Odeon and Casino Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Some of the most prominent members of the RIFFA 2018 Jury Panel include- Ms Nandita Das, Ravida Din, Mark Jonathan Harris and Alanis Obomsawin.

Leading Indian actress and renowned international figure Ms. Nandita Das will chair the international jury. One of the most celebrated names of Indian parallel cinema, Ms. Das has chaired many international film festivals before, including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. This is the first time the award-winning actor will chair an international film festival in North America.
Ravida Din, the erstwhile director general of National film board of Canada, will chair the Canadian jury. 3-time Oscar winning director Mark Jonathan Harris from the United States will chair the 2018 Documentary Program. Akin to Ms. Nandita Das, Mr. Harris too is one of the most high-profile figures in the international film festivals. Alanis Obomsawin, the highly respected Canadian filmmaker and Canadian academy award recipient, will chair the 2018 Indigenous Program.

We received entries from more than 50 countries, and the festival selections come from 35 countries.

31 languages are spoken at this year’s event – films that are not in the English languages are all subtitled. It is a great opportunity for new Canadians to reconnect with their culture and for others to discover new cultures and languages.

As noted earlier we have selected 130 films this year, including:
39 international shorts
14 Canadian shorts
6 Saskatchewan shorts
5 Indigenous shorts
9 Animated shorts
10 students shorts
17 international features
5 Canadian features
11 international documentaries
14 Canadian documentaries
20 world premieres
55 Canadian premieres
50 Saskatchewan premieres

We are also happy to say that 25 of this year’s selections were helmed by female directors.

we are bringing the best of the best to Regina and invite the film community to take advantage of our educational segments. In 2018 festival will feature great Panels, Master Classes, & filmmakers Q&A sections.

RIFFA is pleased to announce Oscar nominee and Palme d'Or winner Bill Plympton will be in Regina to do a master class on Indi-Animation.

His master class scheduled on August 15th at 2.30pm – 4.30pm in Auditorium# 3 at Cineplex Odeon.

Our second Master Class will be with renown Indigenous filmmaker and Canadian Academy award winning director Alanis Obomsawin.

Her master class “To hear is to see: the virtues of sound in filmmaking” is scheduled on August 15th at 2.30pm – 4pm in Auditorium #3 at Cineplex Odeon.

Our Panel Speaking the Truth: Power Balance, Sexual Abuse and Gender Discrimination in the Entertainment Industry will address difficult issues faced by women in the industry.

Another popular RIFFA session is the Q & A with visiting filmmakers. This is a great opportunity to interact with visiting filmmakers, whether you are part of the industry or just an interested member of the public.

We will also give filmmakers who attend the festival the opportunity to speak about their film after the screening, so pass holders will get a spectacular RIFFA experience.

Finally, I want to briefly talk about the Filmmakers Hosted Program. Every morning during the festival, we will be hosting breakfast and connecting visiting filmmakers with the local industry. By inviting Creative Sask, SMPIA, the Saskatchewan Film Pool, The Arts Board and SaskCulture, we hope to shine a light on what Regina and Saskatchewan have to offer to these visiting filmmakers. We will tour facilities, tv stations, the Imax Theatre and other locations important to our industry. This will not only offer our visiting filmmakers opportunity to get to know our city, it will provide our local industry great connections across Canada, into the US and across the globe.

Regina International Film Festival and Awards is a Regina-based and community-focused organization from top to bottom, and community outreach is central to our mission. As part of the goal to bring the best of world cinema to our great city and make the Festival affordable and accessible to everyone, this year’s event includes 3 screenings at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. The films will be presented right inside the Centre and are open to all patients and their families. We are very grateful to Wascana Rehab for partnering with us on this initiative.

The other important community program we support is the Comprehensive Film and Fine Arts Program, or COFF. This partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Saskatchewan Health Authority is a community-based vocational training program that helps individuals living with mental health challenges. Put simply, the program gets film cameras into the hands of youth who might otherwise struggle to express themselves creatively, and supports their filmmaking through expert instruction, guidance, and support. 40% of our film festival earnings are used to support the COFF Program, and we’re delighted to announce that after 2 years of fundraising, the initiative will launch in September.

Lastly, RIFFA has made an important decision this year to rebrand the RIFFA – the gold plated statuette offered to the winning filmmakers. The new statuette, still in production, is gender neutral and celebrates all individuals without discrimination.

Like every year, this year too the RIFFA 2018 is looking forward to the screening of some of the best short films and world premiere of new promising movies from all over the world. The festival will debut its 2018 edition with a grand Opening Reception at the Casino Regina show lounge. The movie screenings from August 15-18, 2018 will be hosted at Cineplex Odeon. The final day of the festival, August 18, will be again hosted at Casino Regina.

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