When you attend a film festival in it’s inaugural year, you never know what to expect.  So much goes into making a festival a success, that it’s a miracle if you can pull it off without a hitch.

Official RIFF Logo

Official RIFF Logo

The Watergun Outlaw team recently attended the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival in Ridgefield, CT this past May with our short film, ‘The Taking of Ezra Bodine.’  Long before we arrived in town, the festival was in constant contact with us.  Keeping us updated with screening time, lodging options and pass information.  We travel to as many festivals as we can both domestically and internationally and it’s always a good sign of what to expect based on how well a festival keeps you informed leading up to the festival date.


Prod – James E. Oxford, Writer/Director/Actors Lance R. Marshall & Shannon Beeby

When we arrived in Ridgefield with our filmmaking partners BeeNest Films, we were greeted by a beautiful and charming small town brimming with history and art.  We drove directly to the Filmmakers Lounge to get our credentials, where we were also given a swag bag filled with various items.  Many of which we took advantage of while we were in town, including gift cards to restaurants, free drinks at local cafes and desserts from the local ice cream shop.  We were also presented with our choice of free festival t-shirt, which had been hand screened by festival organizers.

The Ridgefield Playhouse

The Ridgefield Playhouse

After settling in our hotel in nearby Danbury, CT we drove to the beautiful Ridgefield Playhouse for the screening of our film which was well-attended by filmmakers and the community.  Later that evening we attended the screening of ‘Manhattan Night’ starring Adrian Brody and Yvonne Strahovski, which was followed by a Q&A with director Brian DeCubellis and actor Campbell Scott who Skyped in for the conversation.

Official Poster - 'Manhattan Nights'

Official Poster – ‘Manhattan Night’

Our second day at the festival was spent at the awards banquet held at the picturesque Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House.  We had such a wonderful time talking about the festival and our filmmaking experiences with film organizers as well as other filmmakers.


Shannon Beeby, James E. Oxford & Ryan Jonze

This wonderful experience was topped off by having our very talented filmmaker friend Louis M. Gordon winning Best of the Fest for his short film ‘The Girl in the Chair’.

In a sea of film festivals, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your limited budget on submissions.  We can tell you from our experience, this is one to add to your list.  Thank you to everyone at the festival for being such amazing hosts.

We look forward to being a part of your festival again.

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