Joe Consentino was passionate about helping people and sharing their stories through film. Please help us continue his mission through mentorship, encouragement and support for emerging filmmakers.
The Ridgefield Independent Film Festival, (RIFF), has a established a legacy initiative celebrating the life and work of JOE CONSENTINO, a star athlete, photographer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Together with his wife film editor and producer, Sandra Consentino, Joe created Consentino Films Inc. and Big Bear Films, LLC. The couple received several Emmy Awards for their powerful documentary work and were also nominated for an Academy Award.

Though Joe passed away in January 2018, his life work and passion to mentor young filmmakers and celebrate the art of filmmaking is a part of the legacy he leaves behind in the form of RIFF's "JOE CONSENTINO Award for Emerging Filmmakers". 

Established by the Consentino Family, wife Sandra, and their son Stephen, a Hollywood cinematographer, and daughter Susan, the Award and its cash prize will be announced in a special ceremony on the evening of Thursday, October 18th, at the Ridgefield Playhouse, as part of RIFF's Opening Night Event at this year's Festival, which runs October 18th to 21st.

Inspired by Joe, we want every filmmaker attending RIFF to be acknowledged, appreciated, and supported. Now, with the support of the Consentino family and you, we can make that happen. All contributions to the Joe Consentino Emerging Filmmaker Fund are fully tax-deductible and will be used to help offset filmmaker travel and accommodation expenses and to underwrite filmmaker-related events during the festival. We also hope to create a sustaining outreach effort to provide further support through grants and screening events throughout the year to help promising filmmakers further develop their talents.

Joe was an active and committed member of the Ridgefield community for over 50 years, and his contributions were numerous. A former Red Sox player, Joe's lifelong passion was baseball, and he began coaching Little League. He started the town's first travel baseball team and co-founded the New England Collegiate Baseball League launching the early careers of a number of major league players. He also founded the Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society, and produced fundraising films for the ABC House, RVNA and Ridgefield Library.

This is a chance for all of us—friends, fans, colleagues and film lovers—to do as Joe would do, and make a meaningful contribution in his memory.

Please share this with you friends and family, and make a tax-deductible donation to the JOE FUND today.

On behalf of RIFF, and the Consentino family, thank you for your support!

Megan Smith-Harris
Festival Director
Ridgefield Independent Film Festival
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  • Scott Amann
    • $500 
    • 5 yrs


Bill Harris
Ridgefield, CT
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