What Children Do, a comedy directed by Dean Peterson, won the Grand Jury Prize in the Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, which presented 55 films from 19 countries at five venues May 19-21. The world premiere of The Ides of Childhood, directed by Sudeshna Sharma and Samar Salam from India, received the top documentary honor.

Jurors for RIFF 2017 included screenwriter/filmmaker Katie Torpey, animation producer John Donkin (Blue Sky Studios) and writer/director/producer Brian DeCubellis, whose film Manhattan Night was featured at the festival last year.

This year’s RIFF Award was an original piece of artwork. Ridgefield artists Hans Fischer and Joshua Fischer collaborated on the award. The father and son team used mixed media, including paint, paper and graphite to create the eight awards, which vary by color. The Fischers also designed the cover for the RIFF Festival Guide this year, which is a sketch based on their RIFF Award design.

The awards ceremony took place in the Keeler Tavern Museum’s Garden House Sunday afternoon. And the winners are…

RIFF Awards 2017

Best Student Film: An Evening of Eternity (Germany) – Directed by Constantin Maier

Best Web/New Media Series: Two Guys (USA) – Directed by Michael Kohlbrenner

Best Animated Short: Lion Dance (USA) – Directed by Tim Pattinson & Zheng Kang

Best Documentary Short: The Other Side (Spain) – Directed by Griselda San Martin

Best Documentary Feature: The Ides of Childhood (India) – Directed by Sudeshna Sharma and Samar Salam

Best Narrative Short: The Bouquet (France) – Directed by Julien Segard & Romain Carciofo

Best Narrative Feature: Cold Breath (Iran) – Abbas Raziji

Grand Jury Prize: What Children Do (USA) – Directed by Dean Peterson