The Rome International Film Festival was created by, and for, filmmakers. The spotlight is on innovation and creativity. We are based in Rome, Georgia, USA (not that other Rome) but we draw film submissions from all over the world.

We guarantee you'll love being part of our festival. Rome is widely acknowledged as one of the most charming small towns in America, and festival visitors are welcomed warmly by residents. During the festival, we will show your film in one of two historic theatres on our main street, and lovely accommodations, great restaurants, and shopping are all downtown and easily walkable. November is a great time to be in Rome, with amazing Fall foliage, warm days, and cool evenings. And in between seeing films, talking with other industry pros, and enjoying our after-parties, you could paddle on one of the three rivers that flow through town, or take a hike in our Appalachian Mountains foothills.

The Rome International Film Festival is well-known for showcasing breakthrough artists --from local Georgians to international filmmakers. RIFF also curates legacy films, drawing industry icons who share their knowledge via masterclasses and workshops. Many who first presented their films at the festival are now well-established in the entertainment industry. Don't miss this gem of a festival.

Selected as one of "20 Festivals Worth the Entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine.

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

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

Awards include:
Narrative Feature
Narrative Short
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short
Animated Feature
Animated Short
Georgia Feature
Georgia Short
Horror, 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.


• We consider films in any language, from anywhere in the world. 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 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 three years or later are accepted into the Episodes category.
• There are no requirements for short film submissions other than they are less than 30 minutes in runtime.


• 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 cannot guarantee that your film will be reviewed in time.
• We DO NOT provide refunds for festival entries.


• At least two different screeners will watch each film. 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. 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 if they want to learn more about you and your film.
• We do not share programming feedback with entrants.


• Accepted filmmakers will be notified via email, phone or text. Filmmakers must confirm their participation by the given deadline. If not, their spot in the line-up may be lost
• 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 in a timely fashion.
• 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 submission 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 sure to include your name and return address clearly on the package and include the category on the label.

Please include your FilmFreeway tracking number on all physical materials.

Overall Rating
  • Meagan Massa

    This was our second year showing at RIFF. The festival is consistently well organized and welcoming to filmmakers. The vibe is relaxed, unpretentious and fun. Once you get to Rome (about 1.5 hours from Atlanta), the quaint and walkable downtown area really shines in the fall season. To top it all off, we were honored to receive the award for best documentary short.

    November 2022
  • My only critique is that the projector that they showed my film on altered the color and brightness slightly.

    November 2022
  • LaLa Halsema

    This lovely festival is in my top 3 of BEST festival experiences! This community shows up for filmmakers. Beautifully programmed screenings are well attending and they totally spoiled us with great food, drinks and entertainment throughout the festival. Do not miss this gem of a festival!

    November 2022
  • Honored that my short doc, Keepers of the Way, won a juried award for best storying telling in short documentaries at RIFF! The festival was wonderful from start to finish, incredible communication, networking parties were excellent, and I felt cared for and welcomed as soon as my film was made official selection. Cannot recommend enough!

    November 2022
  • Alexander Seyum

    I had a great time in Rome GA. This festival really showed love and support to all the filmmakers. Being from Los Angeles, RIFF and PAM studios gave the Latino community an opportunity to show their work and celebrate their stories.

    November 2022