The 9th annual Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) ( expanded its annual music showcase in 2017 to include its first annual RIFF Music Fest. This is an international competitive festival where up to 50 local, national and international bands are selected to perform at various venues around Richmond, VA over the six-day fest, which overlaps with RIFF's film festival. Top honors will be given across a variety of music genres.

The festival's aim is to bring cutting edge music to Richmond while providing a development platform for artists and filmmakers alike. This is an expansion of RIFF's early focus to showcase emerging music talent and create stronger dialogue between filmmakers, performers, and music industry professionals.

In addition to a week full of great performances, industry panels, industry think tanks, RIFF jam sessions, and more, the RIFF Music Fest is a platform for filmmakers and musicians to network and forge new working relationships. The festival will include a variety of networking opportunities.

What They're Saying -

"The doors RIFF Music Fest helped open have been phenomenal! I've met some incredible talent that's fostered great collaboration and helped me expand as a songwriter. From meeting folks in film who want to help expand my ideas visually, to having familiar faces at local networking events, RIFF Music Fest planted a strong seed. Mostly, the festival provided me access to an audience that hip-hop doesn't usually have in this city. It's always difficult to navigate the scene a bit, or command a certain level of respect for the genre. RIFF Music Fest provides a level playing field for creatives from multiple backgrounds and is such a beautiful way to reach people." - Chance Fischer, Musician

The RIFF Music Fest will award the following prizes and awards.

All selected bands will receive full VIP badges to the RIFF Music Fest and the Richmond International Film Festival portion. The top winners in each music genre will also receive an award trophy at Sunday night's red carpet awards, and the overall top Grand Jury winner will also receive industry promotion and a one month consultation on marketing and branding.

In addition to the overall Grand Jury winners in each music genre, special awards are given, which include: The Emerging Artist Award, Critic's Choice Award, and more. The six main genres awarded include: Contemporary/Pop, Rock/Alternative, Hip Hop/R&B, Reggae or Jazz/Blues, and Country/Bluegrass. If selected, all key band members will receive complimentary VIP badges, which grants entry into more than 120 film screenings, mixers, educational panels, the red carpet awards, and more. Value $2,500 and up in badge entries per band.

All entrants must submit their entry form and payment online through FilmFreeway. You may then submit your music electronically through FilmFreeway or choose to mail it to our office. If mailing, you must include your FilmFreeway entry number, band name, and contact information. Address: RIFF Music Fest, 3126 W. Cary Street, #605, Richmond, VA 23221. The competition is not responsible for submissions that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit.

All applicants (s) testify to be at least 18 years or older and warrant as the author of submitted material that they are the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal and equitable rights thereto with the full and exclusive rights to submit material to the competition.

Each entrant must fill out and sign the online entry application and release form. If selected as a winner, it is up to the band or performer to split the prize package equally between them.

All preview media must be labeled with your entry number, band title, track list, and personal contact information including email address.

Please label the outside of your package: FOR PREVIEW ONLY – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Your preview material will not be returned, so please do not send master copies. Submissions may not be withdrawn once completed, and entry fees are non-refundable. The competition is not responsible for submitted materials that are lost, stolen, or damaged in transit.

ONLINE FORMAT. If submitting your music online, please do so through FilmFreeway.

Submissions may not be withdrawn once completed, and entry fees are non-refundable.

Applicant understands that it is their sole responsibility to copyright and protect their own submitted material.

All submission forms must be filled out through FilmFreeway. Submission materials must be received via postal mail or transmitted electronically via FilmFreeway on or before the Early, Regular, Late or Final entry deadline, and the entry fee paid in full through FilmFreeway in order to qualify for the respective submission rate. Online entries may be submitted up until midnight Eastern Time on the final or extended deadline date. Postal entries must be postmarked by the respective deadline. Any entries submitted or payments postmarked after the final or extended deadline will be disqualified.

RIFF Music Fest reserves the right to extend the entry deadline.

Entry fees are payable by credit card or PayPal via FilmFreeway.

Applicants will receive an e-mail notifying them of the music fest competition results. It is the applicant's responsibility to keep their personal contact information that is on file with us and FilmFreeway updated and current. RIFF Music Fest has no responsibility for correspondence that is misdirected as a result of applicant(s) failure to provide us with current contact information. We also encourage entrants to add RIFF Music Fest to your email address list to ensure email correspondence is not sent to spam or bulk mail.

Contest applicants must accept without reservation the decisions rendered by the jurors.

If selected as Official Selection you are responsible for your own personal travel and accommodation expenses.

Please read and understand the Festival Rules, Guidelines, & Licensing Agreement. By submitting your entry to the RIFF Music Fest, you expressly acknowledge and agree to be bound by these terms. Failure to adhere to these guidelines or rules & licensing agreement will result in disqualification and forfeiture of an entry fee and/or eligible prize. PROMOTION, PUBLICITY, MARKETING. Entrants permit the RIFF Music Fest to use their name and/or likeness, contact information provided by participant, title of the work submitted and their results during the 2018-19 festival year for publicity and promotional purposes. Through various phases of the judging process, submitted material will be exposed to a network of influential third parties. All such third party participations are not guaranteed. The RIFF Music Fest will provide, though not obligated, applicant’s contact information and submitted work to any interested parties, and turn all remaining correspondence over to you. RIFF Music Fest does not attest to or guarantee the validity of any subsequent agreements between applicant (s) and said parties. INDEMNIFICATION. Applicant (s) indemnify and hold harmless The RIFF Music Fest, its judges, affiliates, staff, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on stories or films submitted to the RIFF Music Fest.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION; GOVERNING LAW; FORUM. Entrant expressly acknowledges and agrees that the Richmond International Film Festival shall be entitled to injunctive or other equitable relief (an "Injunction") to restrain, prevent or enjoin any breach by a contestant under this film contest, and the contestant hereby waives any right to notice of any action or proceeding for an Injunction and consents to and accepts entry of an Injunction in any court which may have jurisdiction in connection therewith. The prevailing party in any legal proceeding brought pursuant hereto shall be entitled to recover all of its attorneys' fees and all other costs related to such a legal proceeding. Unless otherwise stated herein, this Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia (without regard to the conflicts of law provisions thereof), and the contestant hereby submits to the jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Richmond County, Virginia. By submitting my project to the Richmond International Film Festival, I acknowledge that I have read, understand and agree to, and will abide by all the terms and conditions of submission of materials to this festival competition, which are listed in this licensing and release form, and the rules, guidelines & content sections of the Richmond International Film Festival website.