Robert Rippberger

Festival Director

Robert is a producer/director with a diverse array of creative and executive experience. He has made over four dozen short films, music videos, documentaries, and features that have reached millions of viewers worldwide. His most recent film, Alive & Kicking, sold to Magnolia films after its debut at the 2016 SxSW Film Festival.

In 2014, Robert was acting president of I Imagine, a tech and media organization that seeks to have a maximum positive impact in the world. The organization has a web platform at iimagine.com, runs I Imagine talks, and puts on the annual I Imagine Film Festival and conference in New York where Robert is still Festival Director with founder Adam Radly.

Robert previously ran and operated a commercial production company with clients such as Spyder Active Sports, Warren Miller, The Jane Goodall Institute, The New York Times, Trumbull Studios, NetApp, and others.

In 2005 at age 16, Robert made his first feature film, “The Hoodwink,” that premiered to sellout audiences. The film made its money back the opening night as additional theaters were added to accommodate the crowd.

Robert has studied under directing teacher Judith Weston, at UCLA Film School, and he received a B.A. in philosophy from UC, Berkeley where he was awarded the Eisner Prize. It is the ‘highest award for creativity given on the UC, Berkeley campus.’ Robert was the 2012 recipient of the Dan Eldon Activist Award. He published a novel in 2014 called “Escape To Anywhere Else,” with a foreword by Mariel Hemingway, co-founded and is acting editor of the magazine, Cinema of Change, and is a contributing writer at The Huffington Post.