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.
Toni Vitale is an Actor, Director, Writer, & Producer. Acting as a young adult introduced her to the Meisner technique, and her intense training began her way into working in the industry. Her love for film and television prompted her to build a production company, TONI VITALE PRODUCTIONS, create her own work in short films, and most currently a television series, “ADULT. ish…” in pre-production. Watching an army create a story visually is an impact that she is drawn to. In addition, she is currently an acting/business coach for various artists in the industry.
Attending numerous film festivals, she was inspired by independent filmmaking. Always driven, she had a mission to launch her own film festival. Roosevelt Island was a suggested location so she began her journey as the original founder. Scouting Roosevelt Island and documenting her mission to find the perfect home for the festival, she united with Daniel Jordano, filmmaker and local RI resident since childhood, to create a unique legacy. Working together they created The Roosevelt Island Film Festival.
Screening quality films, showcasing exceptional work through cinema, and meeting filmmakers is an amazing ride. Toni is proud of this rewarding accomplishment as well as her upcoming projects. She loves attending other festivals as an actor/director. She is a determined force and driven to make her mark in the film and television business.