The winners of the 14th River Film Festival

Yesterday during a boat trip to Padova to Venice ì, we announced the winners of the 14th River Film Festival. Here’s a recap for those who did not join us:




FLY A KITE Martin Smatana / 2019 / Repubblica Ceca / 13 min.


TO THE DUSTY SEA Héloïse Ferlay / 2020 / Francia / 12 min.




IL NOSTRO TEMPO Veronica Spedicati / 2019 / Italia / 16 min.



LAC DAUMESNIL Thomas Devouge / 2019 / Francia / 19 min.


BLUE BOY Manuel Abramovich / 2019 / Germania / 19 min.




F FOR FREAKS Sabine Ehrl / 2019 / Germania / 30 min.


LEGACY / ODKAZ Daniel Kazankov / 2019 / Slovacchia / 21 min.




OUR TERRITORY Mathieu Volpe / 2019 / Belgio / 20 min.


ABOUT HAIR Josefina Lubojacki / 2019 / Repubblica Ceca / 17 min.




ANNA Dekel Berenson / 2019 / Ucraina / 15 min.


ANTILOPE Diego Murillo / 2019 / Venezuela / 14 min.




LIVE-GIVER Petter Lindblad e Alexander Rönnberg / 2019 / Svezia / 12 min.




BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE Mads Koudal / 2019 / Danimarca / 19 min.


A special thank you to the jury, to all the directors and to those of you who shared with us this month and yesterday event, starting from Jazz Tritones, Martino Seniga and Max Strata.

See you in 2021!

RiFF20: updates on the awards cerimony

The jury of the 14. River Film Festival will award the following prizes:

  • Best short “Films Schools”
  • Best short “Italian Looks”
  • Best short “International Horizons”
  • Best short “Documentary”
  • Best short “Animation”
  • Best “Queer short”

Two special audience prizes will be assigned to:

  • Best cinema in VR
  • Best short “Film festival in focus”

The award cerimony will take place in an extraordinary setting: we a cerimonia di premiazione si svolgerà in un setting completamente originale: we will board a boat at Portello and travel together to the beautiful Venice, alternating the awards ceremony with moments of reflection and music.

Departure is scheduled at 3.00 pm with meeting point (2.45 pm) at the Scalinata of Porta Portello. On the journey with us, Martino Seniga, special correspondent of Rainews24 and Tgr Lazio and Max Strata, ecologist and writer. They will present a panel on the theme “Communicating ecology”. From 6 pm, we will welcome Jazz Tritones and their concert and every 15 minutes a new award will be announced.

The arrival in San Marco is scheduled for 9 pm, with a final toast.

Please note: to date the available free tickets are sold out, but you can join the waiting list by sending an email to

Virtual Reality: six works in competition at RiFF20

Tomorrow it’s going to be the first day for the Virtual Reality section of the River Film Festival 2020.

Created by River College VR – a project by the cultural association Researching Movie – #RiFF20 VR will be with us for 5 days, from September 6 to September 10. Immersive pieces presented at important international festival will compete for the audience vote at Propileo di Porta Venezia, Padua.


Momenti di visione al Riff19


Despite difficulties created by Covid19, the success of the first edition convinced the River Film Festival to confirm this second edition too., thanks to the partnership with HIT (Human Inspired Technologies Research Centre) of the University of Padua.

Here the six works in competition:

ARIPI Dmitri Voloshin

2019 / Moldavia / 7 min.

This story is about an astronaut who, as a child, dreamed of flying and being free. And now he seems to be flying in the sky, but he is actually locked in the capsule of a spacecraft. One day, minor problems lead to bigger problems, causing the spaceship to lose control and collapse on Earth…

VR FREE Milad Tangshir

2019 / Italia / 10 min.

Free Explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying slices of life inside a prison in Turin, Italy. The lm also captures the reaction
of several inmates during brief encounters with immersive videos of life outside of prison.

GO Sandro Zollinger and Roman Vital

2020 / Svizzera / 25 min.

Looking for a break in his life, Peter Thaler ventures on a hike in the mountains from which will never return. From an unprecedented symbiosis between literature and virtual reality, emerges a completely new experience taken from a story by Klaus Merz…


2019 / Nigeria / 11 min.

In 2014 the sleepy agrarian community of Chibok (Borno State, North East Nigeria) the terrorist group Boko Haram stormed the town at
night and abducted 276 teenage schoolgirls. The VR deals with the aftermath of the kidnappings, and explores topical global issues of
gender rights and the right to education.

AFTER THE FALLOUT Sam Wolson and Dominic Nahr

2019 / Svizzera-USA / 15 min.

After The Fallout pushes past traditional documentary tropes to evoke the reality and emotional gravity of life in Fukushima, ten years after the 2011 nuclear disaster. The film is an immersive mosaic that takes us through surreal environments in the exclusion zone…

LIFE-GIVER Petter Lindblad and Alexander Rönnberg

2019 / Svezia / 12 min.

In a near future the environment is destroyed. Evacuation of the planet begin, but only a few are chosen to leave. “Life-giver” follows a mother’s struggle through an abandoned Stockholm to save her family. With only a few hours before the last evacuation ship leaves, she ends up sacrifying herself.


Meetings_Connections: the new section of the 14. River Film Festival

This year a new section joins the River Film Festival.

“Meetings_Connections” proposes three events of scientific dissemination aimed at bringing to the public issues related to the seventh art: contamination between documentary cinema and politics that characterized the history of “real cinema”; film narratives and methods that characterized the path of some of the most important documentary filmmakers; and the various applications of virtual and augmented realities, not only in the world of cinema, but also in the medical, scientific, and cultural fields.

A moment for the study days of the River College VR 2019

The first meeting will take place on Friday, September 4. The panel “Contaminazioni tra cinema, neuroscienze e nuove realtà del virtuale” (Contaminations between cinema, neurosciences and new virtual realities) will be presented by Luciano Gamberini and by HIT researchers. The Human Inspired Technology Research Centre of the University of Padua will be our partner for the VR section of the River Film Festival.

Next, on September 5, Mirco Melandro will present his new book “Cinema tra contaminazioni del reale e politica” (Cinema between contamination of reality and politics). The author will tell us all about the subtle border that exists between politics and cinema, referring in particular to the historical sectors in which films were produced, made and “contaminated”.

The final meeting on September 6 is “Virtual Reality_Real Virtuality” and it will be part of the River College Virtual Reality project. The association Researching Movie, creator of the River College, will present its development. The project rises from a suggestion: the desire to find, in the present time, a bridge of the imagination that can connect the past with the future. On one side there is the city of Padova, a place of knowledge and beauty, which aspires to be selected as an Unesco World Heritage Site. On the other side, there is the most innovative and engaging cinematic technology of the moment: Virtual Reality.

“River College Virtual Reality” is sponsored by the Fondazione Institution Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo (Culturalmente 2017), and by the Municipality of Padova, in cooperation with the Culture Department and with the University of Padova.

During this event, the VR shorts in competition at RiFF20 will be presented and discussed together.

Riff20 Catalogue online

The 14th River Film Festival catalogue is available online at this page.

Discover all the movies and the calendar and follow us on Facebook for updates and the latest news!

The jury of the 14th River Film Festival

Recently, on our socials, we announced the official jury of the 14th River Film Festival. Its 5 members will select, for each category in competition, the best short movie that will win the Golden River, a glass sculpture created by Murano masters.

Members of the 2020 RiFF jury will be Anna Sajewicz, writer and film critic, who will take the role of President of the jury. Journalist and writer Giuseppe Mallozzi, President of the Visioni Corte International Short Film Festival; Anna Redi, dancer, choreographer, director and actress; Hamed Soleimanzadeh, researcher for the Farabi Cinema Foundation and programmer of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth; and finally, Valentina Casadei, director and programmer for numerous international festivals.

Keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out more about what’s going to happen at #RiFF20!

2016 winners



Wednesday 15th June, from 22.00, River Film Festival 2016 presents the award-winning films: on the floating screen at Portello, the attending audience will see all 5 awarded shorts.

The winner of “supershorts” and “100 seconds” will be chosen by the votes of the audience, which will see in the coming days the shorts that were not projected because of the bad weather.
Best Graduation Film

ADAPTATION Bartosz Kruhlik

The film ADAPTATION is awarded as the best film in the category of Graduation Films for its rich and cinematic way of storytelling through deft handling of actors, screen-play writing, camera and sound works all woven together. The film follows a gruesome family tragedy in close circumspection that goes far beyond the incident to reach an understading of individuals who must live on.


Best Italian film

BEAUTIFUL Alessandro Capitani

The deception that our body must, at all costs, be beautiful. That our body may not please. But each of us is beautiful in his or her own way. Selected for the award because of the excellent direction, of both film and actors, and the ironical twists in the narration.


Best Animation film


A touching and delicate animation film, full of tenderness and subtle humor. Mix of a Black and white photography and drawing images, in their simplicity underlines the richness and depth of storytelling-sincere way of storytelling.


Best Documentary film


for the most cogent and veritable documentary approach. While kids from the neighborhood play their daily game the adults as well as the whole area got already deeply involved. It looks as if there are no frontiers for a real passion…


Best International film


We have decided on a film that tells a human story about the journey of a former prisoner to gain his dignity and his position back in the society. Through subtle imagery and a profound performance, the film portrays powerfully the clash between punishment and forgiveness.


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