About Festival

2015 River's Edge
International Film Festival
November 5-8

The River's Edge International Film Festival brings independent film to the smart, arts-oriented, mid-American river town of Paducah, Kentucky. Paducah already has a burgeoning visual and performing arts scene, and the film festival is right in the center of this cultural hub.

Celebrating our 10th year, the River's Edge International Film Festival is a four day event built around the showing of quality independent film from around the world. Our focus is both on the film lover, providing multiple venues in which to experience the best the world of cinema has to offer, and on the film maker, offering opportunities for exhibition, education, and networking with contemporaries.

The River's Edge International Film Festival is soon to be at the apex of the festival circuit. It is dedicated to the serious film maker, the serious film lover, and the art of the cinema.

To purchase your all-weekend pass or find ticketing information, click here.


If you are coming to Paducah for the festival, please visit our sponsor hotel, Fairfield Inn & Suites. For a great rate, just tell them you’re with the Rivers' Edge International Film Festival:

Auburn Place Hotel & Suites
3994 Hinkleville Road
Paducah, KY 42001


There are also many other accommodations available in Paducah including hotels and bed and breakfasts in the downtown area. For more information, visit www.Paducah.travel.


Neal Block is Head of Theatrical Distribution at Magnolia Pictures, and has overseen the release of many great Magnolia titles, including BLACKFISH, I AM LOVE, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI. In the next few months, Magnolia will shepherd into theaters Lars Von Trier’s new project NYMPHOMANIAC, Steve Coogan’s ALAN PARTRIDGE, and Lukas Moodyson’s spectacular WE ARE THE BEST! Prior to Magnolia, Neal worked for Palm Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films. He is also responsible for the theatrical release, every February, of the Oscar Nominated Short Films.


Tim League Headshot, Photo Credit: Annie Ray

TIM LEAGUE, Alamo Drafthouse CEO and Founder

Tim League graduated from Rice University in 1992 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Art/Art History.  After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, California, Tim left engineering and opened up his first movie theater. When that theater closed after a short run in 1995, he and his wife Karrie headed to Austin with 200 seats, a projector, screen, speakers and a passion to do it right the second time. They founded the Alamo Drafthouse in 1997, where as CEO League remains committed to providing creative programming and a zero tolerance policy for disruption during the theater experience. League also co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the United States and recently launched Drafthouse Films, a distribution label committed to releasing provocative, visionary and unusual films from around the world.  Past releases include critically-acclaimed comedies FOUR LIONS and KLOWN, the rediscovered classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, and the Oscar-nominated BULLHEAD. When asked about his early qualifications for opening a movie theater, League answered "none, other than really liking movies, which I guess is the most important part."  The Alamo Drafthouse is expanding nationwide to New York, San Francisco, and Dallas, with many more on the horizon.

Martha Stephens was born on March 12, 1984 in Huntington, West Virginia, USA. She is an actress and director, known for PASSENGER PIGEONS (2010), PILGRIM SONG (2012) and LAND HO! (2014).  Her film, PASSENGER PIGEONS was the Feature Film Award winner at the 2010 River's Edge International Film Festival.  Land Ho, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Sony Picture Classics.