The Rome International Film Festival is a showcase of innovative filmmaking. We are a Filmmakers Film Festival, and we pride ourselves on such. The festival takes place in Rome, Georgia, USA. Rome is a charming town that boasts the most extensive collection of Victorian homes in the state. The city perched along the confluence of rivers and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The film screenings take place in two beautiful historic theatres. The entire festival is easily walkable.

The Rome International Film Festival has created a distinguished record for showcasing breakthrough artists from local Georgian's to filmmakers worldwide. Many of RIFF's Alumni who first presented shared films at the festival are now well established in the entertainment industry. RIFF also curates legacy films as part of the festival bringing in established industry icons who share their knowledge in masterclasses and workshops.

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

"The Best Festival that I've ever attended, Wow!" ~ Burt Reynolds

Festival Mission:
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 the 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 sure that all of our filmmakers have a memorable experience.

RIFF is well known for its overall awesomeness. Don't miss out on this gem of a festival.

RIFF presents awards for all juried categories and audience choice categories if Best Short and Best Feature.

Narrative Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
Animated Feature
Animated Short
Episodic
Family-Friendly Short
Messed Up, After Dark, Schlock, or Something Completely Different
Student Films

By entering Rome International Film Festival, you agree to follow its rules and guidelines.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

• We consider films in any language, from anywhere in the world. If your film is not in English, make English subtitles are required.
• We will consider work in progress. Please include a title card describing what is unfinished at the beginning of the submission screener.
• We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film has already premiered at another festival, whether it screened at a physical venue or online, it’s still eligible for consideration. Premieres are always welcome and we do work to spotlight them.
• Films must have either been completed within three years of the submission date. We will allow for older films that stalled and are getting a delayed-release.
• Features that are currently online for commercial streaming are not eligible.
• Features previously self-distributed by the filmmakers online are not eligible for consideration in Feature categories.
• Only independently produced episodes completed within 3 years or later are accepted to the Episodes category.
• There are no requirements for short film submissions other than they are less than 30 minutes in runtime.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

• Entrants can update their screener by uploading a new video file provided your original link URL does not change. The link must stay the same after you have submitted your entry. If it is replaced programmers will lose access to your screener and it may not be watched in time.
• All screeners must be uploaded by the appropriate deadline.
• Deadlines close at 11:59 PM EST.
• We will contact entrants if there's anything wrong with the submission. If this occurs, you will need to fix the submission issue by the requested deadline, otherwise, we can not guarantee that your film will be reviewed in time.
• We DO NOT provide refunds for festival entries.

HOW WE PROGRAM

• Each film will be watched by at least two different screeners. If you are using Vimeo Pro stats, you can track the watches most of the time. However, we have had many cases in which watches were not recorded correctly, including for some of the accepted films. Please note that they are not always reliable. We prefer the FilmFreeway uploaded screener.
• Programmers determine festival selections.
• Our programmers are not required to read submission cover letters and other supporting materials, but we encourage you to submit them in case they want to learn more about you and your film.
• We do not share programming feedback with entrants.

IF ACCEPTED

• Accepted filmmakers will be notified via email, phone or text. Filmmakers must confirm their participation by the given deadline, otherwise, they might lose their spot in the line-up.
• Accepted filmmakers must be the authors of their submitted work and be ready to sign an agreement stating that they own all rights to their film and its components ahead of screening at The Rome International Film Festival.
• If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their festival exhibition copy, trailer, screener link, press stills, and press-kit on time.
• If accepted, filmmakers are expected to attend the festival.
• We DO NOT cover travel expenses.
• We DO NOT cover shipping expenses for screening copies and other materials.
• We Do NOT provide screening fees.

Please follow these guidelines if you are mailing your items:

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

A copy of your Blu Ray or DVD, in NTSC. (If needed)

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)

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 physical materials.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Thank you RIFF for your persistence in making the festival happen. We were so happy to be a part of this year's line up! We hope to see you in person next year!

    November 2020
  • Eric SU

    COOOOOOOOOL! thanks!!!! Bole in the film festival!

    November 2020
  • Carissa Gallo

    This was our first time submitting to Rome International Film Festival and they did not disappoint. We were thrilled our TV Pilot, "Oddly Popular" was accepted into their program. They did a great job with communication and we were thoroughly impressed with the quality of films accepted into their festival. This festival has been around for 17 years and it shows. The festival was virtual for most films however I believe they actually had a few in-person screenings. I think the only thing we could not really rate was the networking (due to covid) but we gave them five stars because they were great with everything else. Highly recommend!

    November 2020
  • Joe Huynh

    It was a wonderful experience. I felt welcomed and respected as much as other filmmakers. It was great talking to others in my field. Highly recommended!

    August 2020
  • Marilyn Gordon

    When All That's Left is Love won the "Syliva" Award at RIFF 2019 Best Documentary....We have been at many festivals and this was the most Amazing experience thus far....from the networking, to the programming to phenomenal parties..if you are going to submit to ANY festival this needs to be the one that you submit for! We also want to thank Seth and April for their unbelievable hospitality and Love...you guys not only work tirelessly but you both Rock (and thanks to the volunteers) we had the best time of our lives.

    November 2019