2016 River Bend Film Festival Contests

2016 Bumper Contest

Congratulations to the 2016 Bumper Contest Winners!
RBFF Best Bumper 2016
“Magic Of Film” by Jarrod Moschner, Tropical Squirrel Productions
RBFF Honorable Mention Bumper 2016
“Indestructible Ideas” by Jairo Jimenez
RBFF Honorable Mention Bumper 2016
“The Little Paper Penguin Directs His First Short” by Shaun Michael Pope
RBFF Best Student Bumper 2016
“The Magic Of FilmMaking!” by Tabitha Lymburner (Goshen College) & Samuel Kirkpatrick

2016 Screenplay Contest

The River Bend Film Festival offers a script contest in low and high budget categories. Our script readers select the top three in each category then two professional screenwriters choose the winning scripts to be announced at the Festival Awards Ceremony.

Our judges are Stephen Susco (The Grudge 1 & 2, Texas Chainsaw 3d, Beyond The Reach) for the Studio category and Kate Chaplin (Ingenue) for the Independent category.

The top three scripts in each category are:

Studio Script Category

Catch The Devil — by Martin Blinder, M.D.
In Oliver’s Image — by Jeff Peck
The Cure — by Martin Blinder, M.D.

Independent Script Category

By The Hands Of Wally Vine — by David Warnock
Le Troung — by Eileen Hong
The Virtual Santa — by Jeff Peck

Screenplay Final Judges

Over the past fourteen years, Stephen Susco has penned and sold over forty scripts and pitches to major Hollywood studios, and has written for a variety of acclaimed directors and producers. Stephen’s first film, The Grudge, was produced by legendary director Sam Raimi. He wrote the sequel the following year, and together the theatrical Grudge fi lms have generated an estimated half-billion dollars of revenue. Stephen wrote and co-produced Red (starring Brian Cox) which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film festival, and was distributed theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. In 2010 he returned to Sundance to premiere High School (starring Michael Chiklis and Adrian Brody), a comedy he co-wrote and produced with director John Stalberg, Jr. Stephen reunited with Sam Raimi and Mandate Films to write The Freshman, and to co-write and co-produce The Dybbuk Box. Most recently Stephen has written Infantry and he is currently adapting a superhero comic series with director Brett Ratner (X-men 3), a sci- novel with director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter 1 & 2, Gremlins, Goonies) and a television series with director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3) and penning the screenplay of the newly released Michael Douglas thriller BEYOND THE REACH.
Kate Chaplin is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed 13 projects and worked on projects for VH1, MTV, Discovery Channel and more. She has been called “The Queen of Indie Film” by the Indy Star. She is featured on directors list such as Her Film Project and Destri Martino’s The Director’s List. Her film Ingenue screened at last year’s River Bend Film Fest.

2016 River Bend Film Festival Sponsors

River Bend Sponsors • Top Tier
River Bend Sponsors • Silver
River Bend Sponsors • Bronze

Art House • Better World Books • Blank Space • Duly Press • CAPS • Ignition Garage • Inn on South 5th • IU Health Home Medical • Kelly Jae's • Mid America Filmmakers • Thistle + Lace Photography

Nut Shoppe • Paragon Printing • Grant Beachy Photography • Community Foundation of St. Joseph County • Bryan Chris Photography • JoJo's Pretzels