Selected as one of "20 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is the premiere film event in Northwest Georgia.

RIFF welcomes films and filmmakers from around the globe to share the art of independent film with regional audiences, to entertain and enlighten festival attendees, to provide filmmakers the opportunity for professional networking and development, and to encourage cultural tourism and film industry development in Rome, Georgia and the surrounding area.

The Rome International Film Festival is a filmmaker-friendly festival that focuses on quality programming of all genres. We want to give a heightened sense of the experience to all who participate and attend. RIFF goes above and beyond to make all of our visiting filmmakers have a great experience.

RIFF celebrates its 15th anniversary November 1- 4, 2018.

RIFF rewards numerous juried and audience choice categories with our prized Sylvia Award—our very own hand-sculpted bronze trophy crafted by a local artist.

Please follow these guidelines when mailing your entry:

Note: We prefer a highresolution digital copy of the film. (H.264 or .mov) Only send media copy if digital format is not an option.

A copy of your Blu Ray or DVD, in NTSC.

A reproducible photo or electronic image suitable for use in the program.

A synopsis or description alone on one page, (one paragraph, appropriate for quick reading)

The applicable fees in the form of check or money order if you do not pay with credit card.

A separate entry form and entry fee must accompany each work.

Be certain to include your name and return address clearly on the package and include the category on the label as well.

Please include your FilmFreeway tracking number on all materials.

Overall Rating
  • chip white

    I truly enjoyed RIFF and super proud that Crab Trap won Best Short. It was my first time attending and hope to return with other films. The town of Rome was charming, good food and fun to explore. I missed a lot of the activities as I came late and had to leave early. However I still meet some amazing film makers and chatted with many locals who just come to see films and support RIFF. If you produce high quality films (features, shorts or student) I suggest you submit and if selected attend. I promise you'll have fun, meet nice & cool folks and maybe come home with the best film fest trophy in your collection. Two thumbs up for sure!
    Chip White - Producer - Crab Trap

    November 2017
  • Gregory Bayne

    Can't recommend RIFF enough. Wonderful communication from Seth, and the entire team. A true 'filmmaker friendly' festival: they make it easy for you to get there, ensure that your film looks and sounds great, and that you're taken care of throughout the event. The city, and people, of Rome, GA are incredibly warm and inviting, and it reflects in the overall execution of the festival.

    November 2017
  • Chad McClarnon

    LOVE THIS FEST! Man, what a great time. The quality of films was top notch. The people that run it are great. The community really comes out for the fest. All the venues are within a block or two of each other in a cute little downtown. Party every night, great coffee shop two doors down from the theater. VIP lounge for filmmakers open throughout the fest. I met Burt Reynolds. It was a total blast and I can't wait to go back.

    November 2017
  • Jared Callahan

    RIFF is great! The people are so friendly, the programming is great, and they have a fantastic place to host from. I am glad RIFF is on my radar, and I look forward to visiting in the future!

    November 2017
  • David Smith

    Hands down one of the best festivals I've been to. Great folks, lots of great communication, wonderful filmmaker Lounge, really good networking opportunities.

    November 2017