Ravenheart International Film Festival is held annually in Oslo, Norway. Here at RIFF, we aim to connect all filmmakers, domestic and foreign, through the universal language of film. Celebrating all styles of cinema but particularly spotlighting genre films. RIFF is an event where all filmmakers, film lovers, fans of the art of film, and all creatives can come together to share their experiences and passion for cinema.

RIFF submissions are open to all types of genre films. We are looking to showcase the best in Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thrillers, Suspense, Dark Comedy & Animation. Guest speakers, Q&As, booths, and networking opportunities will all be held at the live event. We also invite local aspiring filmmakers and students to inspire one another and others to become better filmmakers.

So, if you love high-quality genre films and anything out of the norm, then you can't miss this festival!

Thank you for your interest in our 5TH ANNUAL live event taking place in Oslo, Norway, in August 2023.

GENRES ACCEPTED:
The 2023 film competition is open to all features & short films from around the world. RIFF seeks out high-quality original films in the following genres.

- Horror, Supernatural
- Sci-Fi & Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
- Animation (connected to genre)
- Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Action,
- Dark Comedy
- Music Video (connected to genre)
- Documentary (connected to genre)
- Student Films (connected to genre)
- Occult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Experimental (connected to genre)

RAVENHEART TROPHY:
Festival Director's Choice - (Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.)

PHYSICAL TROPHY:
Ravenheart Best of Fest Feature - (Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.)

Ravenheart Best of Fest Short - (Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.)

Best Horror Short Film
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Film

CERTIFICATE AWARD:
Best Dark Comedy
Best Animation
Best Student
Best Documentary
Best Micro-Short
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Special Makeup FX

2023 DEADLINES & SCHEDULE:

*Submit early to save on your submission fees.*

Films are preferred to be completed AFTER January 2020, but films completed earlier will be considered for selection. We will contact you by MAY 13th, 2023, if your film is selected to be screened at RIFF. Please check to make sure that your contact information is correct. All submissions must be received no later than MAY 20th, 2023.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR SCREENINGS:
IF SELECTED, these are the accepted formats for the screenings:

- DCP on physical support (hard disk) or digital transfer. In the event that they are encrypted, the Festival will not cover the charges derived from generating the DKDMs or
KDMs needed to be screened at the film competition.
- ProRes (.MOV)
- H.264 (.MP4)
- BLU-RAY
- 16MM / 35 MM / 70 MM
- HD Cam, DV, DigiBeta, and Beta SP.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND PHYSICAL DCPS or BLU-RAY, WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHERE TO SEND THEM ONCE SELECTED.

Physical Screeners such as DCP or BLU-RAY will not be returned (Unless further negotiated, don't send us your master copy). Screeners must arrive at least two weeks in advance of the event and should be postmarked well before the event's date.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

• All entry fees are non-refundable.

• RIFF WILL NOT pay any screening fees (Unless negotiated in advance).

• RIFF WILL NOT cover any travel expenses. (Unless further negotiated)

• RIFF WILL NOT cover any SUBTITLING or DCP expenses. Although, we do offer a DCP service at an additional cost. (Please, contact us for further information.)

• Any film NOT previously screened at Ravenheart International Film Festival or in Oslo, Norway, in the past two years is eligible for consideration.

• By submitting and if selected, you give RIFF permission to screen your film at the event along with using material from the film for RIFF promotional purposes (such as a festival trailer, photos, press pack, events, social media, etc.

• If selected, a short synopsis of the film, trailers, posters, and promotional photos will be requested.

• ALL STUDENT SUBMISSIONS MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF YOUR CURRENT STUDIES VALID TO DATE. YOU MUST BE CURRENTLY STUDYING OR FINISHED STUDYING IN THE LAST YEAR. Failure to follow these rules can result in disqualification.

• FEATURE FILMS MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED, NOT "WORKS IN PROGRESS."

• SHORT FILM ONLINE SCREENERS MAY BE "WORKS IN PROGRESS" BUT ONLY FOR SUBMISSION PURPOSES ONLY. THE FINAL CUT OF THE FILM MUST BE DELIVERED BY THE FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE, OR ELSE IT WILL NOT BE SHOWN AT THE FESTIVAL.

• RIFF ONLY ACCEPTS SUBMISSIONS WITH ONLINE FILM SCREENERS. YOU CAN NOT SEND IN YOUR FILMS TO US IN THE MAIL (UNLESS SELECTED FOR THE FESTIVAL).

• If any eligibility requirements are not met, we reserve the right to disqualify any submission from the event.

* By submitting, you represent and warrant that you have full legal right and authority to submit the film/video project for consideration by RIFF and that all necessary consents, licensing, and approvals have been obtained legally and willingly. You agree to hold RIFF and its sponsors harmless in any matters about all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court). This may be incurred because of any claim involving copyright, trademark, consents, licenses, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the videos entered. You understand that your submission is in no way a guarantee of acceptance into RIFF. No one from RIFF or its sponsors has guaranteed your admission into the festival. Should your film be accepted, you grant RIFF the right to use any footage from the preview screener and all submitted publicity photos, and any other materials pertaining to this entry for RIFF's promotional non-commercial purposes, without limitations. *

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  • Sylvia Caminer

    I was super impressed with this festival! I could not attend but Aladdin kept me informed every step of the way! The level of communication and passion from everyone was really top notch. Stoked to be an official "Flocker" and will be submitting again but next time I will NOT miss it!

    September 2022
  • Michael Cusack

    Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the festival in person, but the communication was good and I very much appreciated the support provided by the festival.

    September 2022
  • Great festival and communication. Unfortunately I could not attend live. Thanks for showing "Noctuidae" and all best to Alladin Alisic and the Ravenheart-team!

    September 2022
  • Juan Medina

    This Film Festival is fantastic! Let's hope for many more years beating with his raven heart.

    September 2022
  • Was an absolute pleasure to participate with Brother Troll in Ravenheart. It’s is a brilliant genre festival in the heart of Oslo. Wonderful and professional, movie loving crew. Highly recommended. Hope Ravenheart is here to stay for a loooong time! :)

    September 2022