Riverside Film Festival venue. Photo via riversidefilm.org
Riverside Film Festival venue. Photo via riversidefilm.org

Nearly 100 feature-length films, shorts and documentaries from around the world and closer to home will be showcased at the 15th annual Riverside Film Festival, opening Friday.

The 10-day festival will be held at two venues downtown — The Box, at the Fox Performing Arts Center, and the Riverside Municipal Auditorium.

According to fest organizers, this year’s selections originate from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, England, Finland, France, India, Iran, the Philippines, Poland, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

“Among this year’s entries is an exceptional feature film entitled `Baby,’ about a girl in foster care who is about to age out and becomes involved in dog racing,” according to a fest statement.

“Another entry, titled `Special Unit,’ is a police comedy which portrays a group of differently abled adults bringing special skills to a detective unit. In addition, a local film, `Love in Moreno Valley,’ is a convincing portrait of contemporary teens.”

Programming blocks focused on specific aspects of daily life and controversial subjects will be on offer, including a look at military activism and retirement, “young protagonists,” “moving populations” and “immigration and cultural tensions,” according to the fest schedule.

There will be a night dedicated exclusively to horror and suspense films, as well as an afternoon of nothing but student productions.

Actor Ed Asner will receive a lifetime achievement award during an invited-guests-only affair.

The festival, sponsored in part by the Riverside County Film Commission, concludes Sunday, April 30.

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