Celebrating 23 years in 2021, RiverRun International Film Festival is one of the fastest-growing regional film festivals in the U.S. and a premier film festival in the Southeast. This Academy Award-qualifying film festival showcases a variety of narrative, documentary, student, animated, and short films from all genres.

RiverRun will take place May 6-16, 2021 with a mixture of safe outdoor and drive-in screenings along with a host of virtual screenings.


  • 134 films representing 24 countries (1,500 films submitted for consideration)
  • Venues include:
    • The back lawn at SECCA
    • Marketplace Drive-in
    • Bailey Park
    • The Kilpatrick Townsend campus
    • The Ramkat
    • The Winston Cup Museum
    • The parking lot at RED Cinemas in Greensboro





Watch the RiverRun 2021 launch announcement (including clip reel) below


Annually held in spring, RiverRun also presents a broad range of special events, including high-profile regional premieres, celebrity tributes, family matinees, and classic retrospectives as well as a mixture of panel discussions and parties. Noted filmmakers and special guests travel to share their films, passions, and stories with audiences.

Comparable in size and scope to the well-regarded film festivals in Nashville, Atlanta, and Boston, RiverRun is a general audience festival that draws attendees from throughout the South and offers an eclectic program from film studios, independent distributors, and first-time filmmakers.












Dinner, movie(s), shopping, and an overnight stay? Right this way.

Book your RiverRun hotel getaway at the Historic Brookstown Inn to maximize your Festival experience as Winston-Salem becomes the go-to destination for independent film lovers.













Package includes:

  • Overnight stay at the Historic Brookstown Inn
  • 10 RiverRun vouchers redeemable towards Festival films
  • Welcome gift: RiverRun festival swag bag, including Quanto Basta dining gift card and Mast General Store gift card
  • Fresh baked cookies and milk at bedtime
  • Hot southern breakfast
  • On-site parking at the hotel
  • High-speed wireless internet

One night getaway starting at $385+ tax. Call 336.725.1120 to reserve now.

Terms and conditions: Your reservation must be cancelled or modified by 3 p.m.EST at least 24 hours prior to your arrival date or you will be charged for the 1st night room and tax.

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