The Second Annual Rahway International Film Festival's took place on July 12, 2014 at UCPAC's beautiful Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. From over 130 submitted films, 20 films were officially selected for the festival, including both local and international, narrative, documentary, and animation. An additional 12 music videos and trailers were selected as part of our Lobby & Networking Event Showcase which included works from all around the world and screened all day on several screens throughout the festival. For this year's full film lineup, please click here.


The day kicked off with our first filmmaking seminar led by filmmaker and activist, Thomas Francine. His seminar "THE GREATER GOOD: A HITCHHIKE PERSPECTIVE Documentary Screening & Discussion" took place in the beautiful Fazioli room of Hamilton Stage to an audience of film enthusiasts for a great Q&A session.


Meanwhile, the official RIFF Street Fair filled 2 blocks of Irving Street just a short walk from the theater. Over 40 vendors came out to showcase their goods and services, including food trucks, a bounce house, and a DJ. Locals came out to enjoy the festivities while film festival attendees grabbed a bite and some shopping in between film screenings. It was a beautiful day outside!


This year's emcee and Rahway resident and actor, Phil E. Eichinger, kicked off the first film block with films ranging from Italy, Germany, Belgium, and nearby New York. Mayor of Rahway Samson Steinman opened the day with a few kind words. We were joined at our Filmmaker Q&A session by Laura Gasperini (Assistant Director of L'Amore Corto (Short Love)Tracey Anarella (Director of Jesse and the Fountain of Youth), and Francesca Rizzo (Director of Sullivan's Last Call). It was a great start to the day's screenings!


In between film blocks, our second filmmaking seminar titled "DIRECTING YOUR FIRST INDIE FILM: Don't Let Directing Be The Last Thing You Think Of On The First Day Of Shooting" was led by award-winning filmmaker, Francesca Rizzo. It was quite a hit and filled a packed house of filmmakers and film enthusiasts.


Continuing with the second film block of the day, local films from New Jersey and New York screened to a sold out theater. We were joined at our Filmmaker Q&A session by Vitaly Tomachevski and JT Maguire (Director and Producer/Writer of Faceless), Joe Gessner (Director of The Key Difference), Temilolu Tokosi (Director of The Will to Want), Rich Devaney (Director of Patrol), and Edward Kruglik (Director of STRAIGHT). It was a packed stage and wonderful Q&A session.


The Artist Networking Reception kicked off with a packed room and lobby filled with mingling artists, filmmakers, and art-lovers alike. Adorned with name tags and enjoying the catered food, hands were shaken, business cards exchanged, and photos were taken on the red carpet for this grand affair.


Our third and final block of films showcased films ranging from France, Syria, Spain, New York, and New Jersey. We were joined at our Filmmaker Q&A session by Joseph Eulo (Director of The Last Shoemaker) and Marta Renzi (Director of Her Children Mourn). The night ended with our Awards Presentation. There were a total of 9 awards, including 8 decided by our panel of judges, Rich Sordelet and Francesca Rizzo, and an Audience Choice award voted on via texting throughout the film blocks. For the winners, please see our list on the bottom of the page.


Thank you to ALL who attended and came out to support Rahway International Film FestivalWe wouldn't be where we are without you! We hope you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to see you next year!




We are proud to announce that our emcee and moderator for this year's festival is an accomplished actor and SAG-AFTRA member currently living right here in our very own City of Rahway, Phil E. Eichinger! His credits include various roles in television, film, commercial, and theater, including co-starring roles in episodes of Law & Order SVU (NBC), Do No Harm (NBC), White Collar (USA), and most recently, Taxi Brooklyn (NBC).



Phil Eichinger is also an accomplished artist and musician. This June, a painting of his entitled "Look It Up" was showcased at the 3rd Annual RSI Bank Art Show in Rahway, NJ and won the Award of Merit. 


Additionally, Phil Eichinger's band “Fireside Chat” plays at local venues across New Jersey.


To learn more about Phil Eichinger, check out his website.



For more photos, visit RIFF's Facebook page!


Photo Credit: 

RedAmber PhotographyDennis Comella


Rick Sordelet is a professor at Yale University School of Drama lecturing in Acting and Stage Management. He is known as the country’s leading fight director. His film credits include “The Game Plan” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Dan in Real Life” with Steve Carrell and “Just a Kiss” with Marisa Tomei and Peter Dinklage. His Broadway credits number over 50 productions including shows such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Lion King”, “Tarzan”, and “Aida”. Additionally, he has recently sold a feature script and television show to Legendary Pictures and has been working with his partner as a show doctor to two major motion pictures coming in 2014.

Francesca Rizzo

Francesca Rizzo, an award-winning filmmaker and former Cinewomen NY president, has taught film study and craft in NYC as well as Kean University. Her 1995 short film, Sullivan's Last Call - a sexy little film about celibacy, is used in Boston University's curriculum and she was an invited speaker at the Harvard Film Archives "The Independents" series. She led one of this year’s seminars, “DIRECTING YOUR FIRST INDIE FILM: Don't Let Directing Be The Last Thing You Think Of On The First Day Of Shooting”.




Rahway International Film Festival showcased 20 impressive short films by talented filmmakers across the globe. 19 of these films were contenders in this year's film competition and eligible for nine awards. Eight of the awards were decided by our judges panel, in additional to an Audience Choice award voted on via texting throughout the film blocks. We are proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Rahway Film Festival 2014 below.


To see the complete film lineup with more information on each of the films and their filmmakers, please check out our Film Lineup page.

*Best Film of the Festival*


Director: Rich Devaney



Audience Choice Award


Director: Temilolu Tokosi

Best Documentary


Director: Tracey Anarella

Best Cinematography


Director: Stéphane Réthoré

Best Lead Actor


Tadhg McMahon in Shooting Oliver

Director: Daniel Clements

Producer/Writer: Tadhg McMahon

Best Narrative

Director: Daniel Clements

Producer/Writer: Tadhg McMahon

Best Screenplay




Director: Rich Devaney

Best Editing


Director: Christian Thüringer

Best Lead Actress

Deanna Henson in STRAIGHT

Director: Edward Kruglik

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