Selected as one of "20 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is the premier 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 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 all of our visiting filmmakers have a great experience.

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

RIFF celebrates its 17th anniversary on November 12-20, 2020.

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 high resolution 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)

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
  • 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 guys not only work tirelessly but you both Rock (and thanks to the volunteers) we had the best time of our lives.

    November 2019
  • The RIFF team was extremely well-organized and gracious hosts. We had a fantastic time at each of SGT. STUBBY's screenings and Q&A sessions.

    November 2019
  • lydia phillips

    The venues were easily within walking distance from each other in Romes’s historic area. Any email I sent was answered within 24 hours and staff on site were extremely helpful. Besides the opportunity to have your film screened and see other screenings, much care was given to the beautifully orchestrated networking socials.

    November 2019
  • Phyllis Jackson

    Very well organized and well curated festival, not to mention the best parties! Thanks for everything!

    November 2019