The Reno Tahoe Film Society is devoted to the advancement of outstanding achievement in cinema, creating opportunities for Filmmakers and Screenwriters, offering audiences amazing entertainment, financial success for our business partners and sponsors, and the enhancement of both the image and economic well-being of the Northern Nevada region. This is the motivation behind launching the Reno Tahoe International Film Festival in June 2015.

We want to be the festival of choice for independent filmmakers and new media producers. We want to attract distributors and buyers due to our stellar exhibition of selected films; despite this being our inaugural year, we’ve already received some outstanding considerations.

It’s these goals that lead us to offer filmmakers significant cash awards and prizes, assign social media support to aid them during the festival in building their social media platforms and work with our sponsors to offer an exciting and innovative festival experience.

We believe the most powerful and wide-reaching art form on the planet is cinema. Cinema has the power to transform society and shape thinking. We want to be the platform of artistic tolerance and view cinematic works of all genres, no matter what nationality, in order to thwart censorship of storytellers and provide the arena to shine light on new talent and veteran pros based on their craftsmanship and cinematic achievement. We look forward to discovering new talent and celebrating seasoned pros with you at the inaugural Reno Tahoe International Film Festival.

Awards & Prizes

The RTIFF gives a total of 21 awards, all of which are Jury Awards with the exception of the Audience Choice Award.

Rules & Terms

By submitting to the Reno Tahoe International Film Festival through FilmFreeway, you are stating that you are the owner of your entry and it is your original work. While we understand that you retain all rights to ownership of the work, you hereby give the Reno Tahoe International Film Festival permission to feature, advertise, display, in whole or in part, the work titled and described herein, for festival purposes including promotion. You also understand that your entry is valid only upon completion of the following conditions: (1) receipt of a copy of the work, (2) the processing of the entry fee by the festival organization, and (3) when the work is found to be original and owned by you or those you represent. All materials submitted will not be returned, and will become the archival property of the RTIFF.

DATES COMPLETED: All projects, with the exception of Animated projects, must have been completed after Sept 2015. Animated Projects must have been completed after Sept 2013.

Final placement of the accepted submissions into the film festival will be decided by the RTIFF Festival Programming Committee.

15 Reviews

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    Jason Spencer

    This was a great event that really showcased some great films. The whole thing was organized very well and even when they had issues they were quick to fix them and keep people entertained.

    November 2017
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    Katie Garibaldi

    Outstanding festival! Great communication from the start and very supportive and helpful director/staff. Completely professional and they put in a great effort to make all the entrants feel welcome. After party was really good for networking. Highly recommended!

    October 2017
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    Michael Groom

    Had a great time at the RTIFF last month, Emily and her team put on a great revival of appreciation for film in the Reno area and I can only imagine this festival getting bigger and better. Hospitality was fantastic, from accommodations to filmmakers lounge and pre/post screening events. Great awards show and gala afterwards too, all ideal circumstances for networking. High quality selections and screenings, with enthusiastic local crowds selling them all out. Awards were beautiful and we were thrilled to have won one for Best Horror/Thriller Short! Thanks again RTIFF Team.

    October 2017
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    Eric West

    What a great fest. The organizers were all great and I met a lot of nice people. All the screenings were done on a large screen in a new theater. They had taken care of transportation and lodging. It was a great weekend.

    September 2017
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    Giancarlo Fusi

    Reno really rocked! Free hotel, food & parties. This fest really treats their guests well. Thanks to director Emily Skyle and her staff for putting on a memorable festival where the movies and even the script readings played to a packed house.

    September 2017