The 5th Annual Rahway International Film Festival (going foward as BIG DREAMS & SILVER SCREENS) returned on September 22-24, 2017!

This year, the 5th Annual Rahway International Film Festival, a Big Dreams & Silver Screens production, called a new venue home, the James Ward Mansion in Westfield, NJ on September 22-24, 2017! Who doesn't want to celebrate in a mansion? Click here for a festival recap and winners.

Click here to read our Director's Statement regarding the move to Westfield, NJ and our rebrand as Big Dreams & Silver Screens.


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RIFF Now Part of Big Dreams & Silver Screens Inc.

Our 5th year brings more exciting new progress for RIFF as we are now officially a program of Big Dreams & Silver Screens Inc., a Non-Profit Corporation, 501(c)3 in the state of New Jersey! You will start to see that name a lot more often, but don't worry - we are still run by the very same dedicated team! If you'd like to learn more about the programs we intend to add under the umbrella of Big Dreams & Silver Screens, visit the website here. Follow BDSS on social media for more updates!

Click here to read our Director's Statement regarding the move and rebrand.

Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival (Formerly Rahway Film Festival Jr.)

Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Festival,  formerly Rahway Film Festival Junior” is dedicated to showcasing the filmmaking talents of New Jersey students in grades 3 through 12In our 2nd season, Big Dreams & Silver Screens Youth Fest took place on June 3, 2017 at 2pm-4pm at Patria Latin Bistro in Rahway, NJ.  We presented 20 impressive films by NJ students across the state. Click here for more info and photos from this year's event.


The Fourth Annual Rahway International Film Festival returned on October 21-23, 2016 at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. The film lineup consisted of 12 feature length films and 50 short films by filmmakers from around the world spanning 15 different countries as well as local filmmakers right here in New Jersey. There were also "Brunch & Learn" Seminars, Networking Hours, and After-Parties. We ended the weekend with a Women in Film Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony honoring Dena Seidel.


Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for photos and videos of what took place at RIFF 2016! 

The Inaugural Rahway Film Festival Jr. Showcased on May 21, 2016!

We held the Inaugural Rahway Film Festival Junior on May 21, 2016 showcasing films by New Jersey students in Grades 3-12. We hosted an afternoon of short films ranging from animation to music video to comedy to drama. There was a Q&A session with the student filmmakers afterwards, followed by a brief catered reception. For a recap, photos, film lineup, and winners, click here.


The Third Annual Rahway International Film Festival returned on August 28-30, 2015 at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts. This year’s lineup was full of brilliant independent films by filmmakers from around the world spanning 12 different countries as well as by local filmmakers right here in New Jersey. A highlight of this year’s festival was the introduction of feature length films in addition to short films, plus a special Saturday night outdoor screening. Check out Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more photos, videos, and posts.

10% of all ticket sales were donated to the charities:

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