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 16th anniversary November 7- 10, 2019.

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. (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)

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
  • Ryan Simmons

    Great festival! Great People! Great Films! Definitely a festival you do not want to miss!

    November 2018
  • The folks at RIFF did a great job with the Georgia premiere of our feature, Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture! Rome is beautiful, and it was terrific to screen in the historic downtown district in the beautiful Rome City Auditorium.

    November 2018
  • Cam Logan

    What a fantastic festival! I had a narrative short film in RIFF and was pleased with the presentation of our film. The theaters were impressive, the other films they picked were entertaining, and we even had a Q&A session after our block (not sure if this happens for every block, but it was nice to be able to discuss our film with the audience). The after-party was fun and well-planned. It was a great opportunity to network and talk with other filmmakers about their craft. I received a lot of great advice. The organizers were friendly and had their stuff together. I highly recommend this festival for any filmmaker.

    November 2018
  • Brian Lonano

    The Rome International Film Festival has such a warm and enthusiastic team. They make every filmmaker feel welcome and they truly love what they do. I look forward to seeing this festival continue to grow and thrive.

    November 2018
  • 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