Welcome to the second annual River Town Film Festival, where we explore community through independent films. Each film we show must encourage conversation and enhance our understanding of community. At a time when our country is divided in such a heart-wrenching way, it’s a healing exercise to focus on discovering community in places where we least expect it. Our past films found community in the most surprising places. We’ve screened films about human trafficking, about the foster system, about the North Pole, and about a community of 50 people in rural New Mexico where the only thing to do is eat pie.

The festival will span three days: Friday, September 7  through Sunday, September 9. By popular demand, the Closing Ceremony will once again be capped off by a rock and roll performance by THE ORCHESTRA Starring ELO Former Members.

The festival will take place at the Red Mill, a historical landmark that dates back to 1810 and is now home to a museum village. An antique iron bridge, built in 1870 with a gorgeous view of a 200-foot wide waterfall, connects the Red Mill with downtown.

Clinton is a small town that embraces a strong community spirit, and is a meeting point between cosmopolitan East Coast culture, artists, multi-generational farms and salt of the earth people. Only one hour from New York City and located on the south branch of the Raritan River, the town features a historic and quintessential downtown with locally owned restaurants and boutiques, and a contemporary art museum. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside, Clinton draws visitors from all over the country.


The town of Clinton embraces a strong community spirit with a melting pot of consumers, creatives, and locals. Learn more about about the festival.

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The River Town Film Festival team is comprised of a Hollywood executive, the mayor of the town of Clinton, and local entrepreneurs. Learn more about our team.

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A panel of celebrity judges will select the winning films. Find out about our hand-crafted trophies, prizes and judges.

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The River Town Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors!

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