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RiverRun International Film Festival receives grants and recognizes volunteers

The 2014 River- Run International Film Festival ended a few scant weeks ago, but the festival is never inactive for very long.

Last week, it was announced that the festival has been awarded a pair of significant financial grants from two esteemed local foundations. The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation bestowed a $37,500 grant upon RiverRun, which will be distributed over a three-year period to help fund the festival’s ongoing operations and data management.

In addition, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts awarded its own $5,000 grant to RiverRun, which supports the festival’s Educational & Mentorship Project, including festival jury development, arts journalism mentoring, a free screening and panel discussion, and the annual RiverRun student Pitch Fest, which has become one of the festival’s most popular additions in recent years.

One of the primary components of RiverRun’s ongoing success since coming to Winston-Salem in 2003 has been the efforts of its staff and volunteers, whom festival executive director Andrew Rodgers has repeatedly hailed – certainly in just about every interview I’ve ever done with him.

Indeed, in an official statement, Rodgers reiterated his sentiments: “We could not pull off such a successful festival without the assistance and support of our many wonderful volunteers.”

The Volunteer of the Year award is presented each year to dedicated volunteers who continually go above and beyond the requisite duties that come with being a RiverRun volunteer. The recipients of the 2013-’14 Volunteer of the Year award are Bruce and Carmel Hall, who were selected by the River- Run staff for their continued exemplary service to both the festival and its patrons.

According to Jane McKim, the festival’s community director and volunteer coordinator: “Several volunteers and staff (members) suggested Carmel and Bruce for consideration for this year’s Volunteer of the Year award and couldn’t agree more. Their constant willingness to help before, during and after the festival is so helpful, and Carmel and Bruce have been gracious, tireless hosts of our festival cocktail receptions for many years.”

(Having covered the event since it came to Winston-Salem, I can attest to the fact that RiverRun throws great parties and receptions, in addition to showing a wide variety of films that otherwise wouldn’t enjoy theatrical exposure hereabouts.)

And, in case you weren’t aware, the dates for the 17 th annual RiverRun International Film Festival have already been announced: April 17-26, 2005.

The official RiverRun website is: www.riverrunfilm.com. !

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