Fast Facts About the 20th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival

What is RiverRun?
One of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States, RiverRun International Film Festival is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina each spring. Each year RiverRun screens more than 100 films from more than 35 countries around the world. Each year the Festival invites filmmakers and industry veterans to come and spend a few days in Winston-Salem discussing their film with the audiences. Also, every year the Festival presents an award to a filmmaker or performer whose body of work represents the very highest levels of artistic achievement.

What Will I See?
Landmark films from recent years include: Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Mud, Win Win, Meek’s Cutoff, Wuthering Heights, Mao’s Last Dancer, 500 Days of Summer, Paris, je T’aime and The Notebook. The Festival has also showcased an eclectic mix of substantial Documentary Features over the years, including Chasing Ice, Twenty Feet From Stardom, Food, Inc., Chimpanzee, Up the Yangtze, Manufactured Landscapes and Last Train Home.

How much are tickets?
Regular festival screenings:
$10/students (Must purchase tickets in person and present a valid student ID)

Matinee Films (Screened Monday – Friday before 5 p.m.)

RiverRun Gala
Friday, April 27 at Millennium Center Downtown

RiverRun Hotel Getaway Packages
Marriott Fairfield Inn: $300 (Details)
Historic Brookstown Inn: $344.99 (Details)
Both hotel locations afford a quick walk to all the sights, including WFU Innovation Quarter, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, and the vibrant Downtown Arts District. Please visit Visit Winston-Salem for a comprehensive Destination Magazine to help plan your upcoming stay.

What if I want to see a large number of films? Are there any discounts?
Yes! Purchase a Ticket Sampler Card for $108 ($120 value).

Sampler card includes seven slots valued at $12 each (regular screenings) and six slots valued at $6 each (matinees). How you use the card is up to you! Want to invite your crew to a film? You can combine slots to redeem as many tickets up to value remaining on the card.

Want to spot stars and dance the night away? Redeem a Gala ticket for $20 using your card.*

Buy your sampler card from any RiverRun box office, or online here.

Be sure to redeem your actual film tickets prior to the screening from any festival box office. This card may only be used in-person at a Festival box office to obtain your tickets – this card is not valid for phone or internet ticker sales.
*NOTE: You may use multiple slots to cover the full or partial cost of tickets, but no change will be given. So if you purchase a Gala ticket using two $12 slots, you are not given $4 change to make up the difference.

Can I buy tickets online?
Yes. To purchase tickets online, simply navigate to the page for the individual film you wish to attend and click on the “buy tickets” link next to a selected screening. *Please note that all internet sales will include an additional per ticket service charge of $1.50 which is charged by the ticketing company, not RiverRun. To avoid paying the extra service charges, please purchase your tickets in person or over the phone. Also, a $3 mailing fee will be charged should a patron choose to have tickets mailed.*

When and where should I buy tickets?
The box office for pre-festival sales (March 22 – April 19) is at the Stevens Center, located at 405 W. Fourth St. (hours listed below). From April 19 – 29 (during the festival), tickets for all films and events may be purchased at the main Festival box offices (film venues) as well as at the Stevens Center.

TIP: Buy in advance as many screenings will sell out.
However, you may still purchase day-of tickets, if available. If there is more than one hour before the start time of a screening you can purchase your tickets at either of the main festival box offices but if there is less than one hour before the start time of the screening you must purchase tickets directly at the venue where the screening is taking place.

Pre-Festival Box Office:
The Stevens Center
405 West Fourth Street
(336) 721-1945
M-F 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Stevens Center Box Office will also be open Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 19 – April 29 Box Offices:

The Stevens Center
405 West Fourth Street
(336) 721-1945
Saturdays, April 21 & 28; Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Phone and walk-up sales only)
Sunday, April 22; Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Phone and walk-up sales only)
April 23 – 27; Open 11 a.m – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 29; Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Any available tickets after 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29 are delivered to each venue for the remaining screenings.
ACE Cinematheque Complex – UNC School of the Arts (Walk-up sales only)
1533 Main Street
April 20 – 22 and April 28 – 29
Opens one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.
a/perture cinema

311 W. Fourth St.
Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.
Hanesbrands Theatre at Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

209 N. Spruce Street
Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)

750 Marguerite Drive

Open one hour before first screening of the day and closes after last screening begins.

Can I still get into a screening if it’s sold out?
RiverRun encourages its festival-goers to purchase tickets as early as possible, as many screenings sell out before the Festival even starts. In the event of a sold-out show, you may arrive at the screening venue an hour before the show starts and stand in the wait list line. Approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the films, if any empty seats remain, the theatre staff will begin selling tickets to the people in the wait list line on a first-come, first-served basis. If seats are still empty 15 min prior to start, they will be sold to the wait list line. To ensure that you get a seat at a screening for which you have purchased a ticket, we suggest arriving at the venue at least 45 minutes early. In the event that you purchased a ticket and are turned away because the show is sold out, RiverRun will exchange your ticket for another of equal value.

Where do I park?
For RiverRun Headquarters, a/perture, and The Stevens Center Box Office:
These downtown venues are all located along Fourth Street and require street or deck parking. Street parking is free after 6 p.m.
There is also a paid parking deck located between Marshall and Cherry Streets and has entrances from either direction. Click here to see the Downtown Winston-Salem parking maps.

For Hanesbrands Theatre:
209 N. Spruce Street
Parking is available on Spruce Street directly across from the main entrance of The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. This is a 24/7 paid parking lot, with payment kiosk located at the Spruce Street end of the lot. For more information please call (336) 747-1414.

Free parking is available directly outside of SECCA. For more information please call (336) 725-1904.
For UNCSA ACE Theatre Complex:
Parking on campus is only available for those with state-issued handicap parking passes or special RiverRun parking passes. All parking for film screenings and events at UNCSA is availble at the Novant Health Facility at Gateway Center Building, 1405 S. Broad Street.
A free shuttle service will run approximately every 15-20 minutes between Novant and ACE Theatre. Please plan to arrive 45-60 minutes before your desired screening/event time on campus.

What else happens at the festival besides film screenings?
RiverRun has planned many special events, including panels and public parties throughout the Festival. Please visit for all the details about the 2018 Festival’s panels, presentations and parties.