About Roosevelt Island Film Festival

RIFF is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent American and international filmmakers. The festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, and introduce audiences to new exceptional works, highlighting Female Directors, Emerging NYC Filmmakers, Comedy, and Foreign Language Film.

Plan your trip

The festival will be taking place in the center of Roosevelt Island at 

THE MAIN STREET THEATER and DANCE ALLIANCE.

548 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
By Subway or Tramway. Take the little Red Bus to the second stop and follow the signs! 

Founders

Toni Vitale

President/Founder

Actor, Director, Producer, Toni is a master Meisner-trained actor. Aside from working as an actor in film and television, she was introduced and inspired to independent filmmaking and began creating her own work. Director/Producer – Owner of Toni Vitale Productions attending many festivals and admiring others visions through cinema. It inspired her to create her own films acting/directing/producing. Films are currently in festivals, and soon her pilot “Adult-ish”…and new short film. She also has experience in editing, casting, hair make up and wardrobe and is a director/coach of an ongoing acting class. Her love for filmmaking prompted her to create a film festival. While attending an event in the Hamptons, Roosevelt Island was a suggested area and the universe led her to start up the festival. She united with partner, Daniel Jordano, a Director/Producer and local RI resident since childhood. They are thrilled to launch this first year.

Daniel Jordano

PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

Daniel, a longtime resident of Roosevelt island, is an actor/writer/ filmmaker who started his career acting in the RI Youth Program’s first production of West Side Story, followed by Grease, with fellow resident Vincent Spano. He and Vincent were also lucky enough to witness the filming of some of the early films shot on RI, like Nighthawks with Sylvester Stallone. Having cast co-founder Toni Vitale in his first directorial effort, FROG DREAMS, Daniel was thrilled to become a co-founder with her and help establish a legacy for those in the film community who grew up, or spent significant time on the Island. He is also excited to be a support to the independent film community and help give a platform to new filmmakers.  Most recently, Daniel is on the festival circuit himself, having written and directed, BROOKLYN VANS, a comedy pilot.

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