November 6-9, 2014
Saginaw, Michigan


The 2014 Riverside Saginaw Film Festival

We're back for our EIGHTH ANNUAL run. The Festival is slated for Thursday, November 6th, through Sunday, November 9th.

During the festival, visit us on Facebook to add your reviews of the movies you see or read what others are saying.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: – We are accepting short film entries for our 2014 Short Film Festival & Contest. Visit the Shorts Film Contest page for more info.

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See you at the 2014 Riverside Saginaw Film Festival






NOW SHOWING – Riverside Saginaw Film Festival committees have selected many great feature films which will show at this year's festival, many of them top independent and foreign film releases. Here are just a few of the top highlights to look forward to; as well as some of our amazing line-up of events:


Feature Film Collection Presentation

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women.

On its tour this year are nine films dealing with blind dating, an immigrant domestic worker, a wrestler preparing for her first co-ed high school match, six competitive women in their 70s playing basketball, a woman and a mailman exchanging presents via her mailbox, and a young girl with Tourette's Syndrome trying to cope with her tics.

Proceeds benefit the Saginaw Underground Railroad.

For more information about the films and their filmmakers: LUNAFEST Website


Movies and the Music!
Concert Event

Music and the movies have long been a dynamic entertainment theme ... and this year Riverside Saginaw Film Festival is celebrating that partnership.

The newly-formed, 40-member, woodwind-percussion Riverside Saginaw Film Festival Orchestra, conducted by David Valasek, will perform movie theme music in an hour-long concert starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave.

On the bill are compositions by John Williams, Dimitri Tiomkin and Charlie Chaplin. Ryan Wilson, a film critic for Delta Public Radio, will offer comments about films on our schedule between numbers.

Admission to the pre-festival concert is by freewill offering, with proceeds donated to a local charity.

Refreshments follow. Co-sponsors Absolute! Building Maintenance and Hensinger Study Group.


Feature Film-Documentary & Special Guest

Synopsis: One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton co-founded and for 50 years edited one of the most influential literary magazines in history, The Paris Review. And in the process, he innovated a writing technique called participatory journalism -- hanging out with presidents, playing quarterback for the Detroit Lions, photographing Playboy models.

Special Guest:

Saginawian Dave Oppermann, the founder of the New Reformation Band, was a personal friend of Plimpton and will talk about their friendship and collaborations.

Sponsor: Randall/Cinda Schantz.




Short Film Contest
Short Film Presenations

Short films submitted to our contest from around the area, the nation and even overseas are shown in two installments.

A panel of judges also will vote on their top selections.

Visit for RSFF Shorts Contest page for more info.




WE NEED YOUR HELP! –2013 Festival and Movie Sponsorships are STILL available. Contact us to support this great community arts event.

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Call us! 989-392-3564




NOTE: Many past festival films are available at the HOYT Library for viewing!



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Thank you to our 2013 Festival Sponsors & Donors

The Morley Foundation

Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation

Jury Foundation

David and Audrey Lewis