An annual 3-day celebration of independent cinema from around the globe laced with workshops and filmmaker coffee talks every Fall in beautiful downtown Goshen, Indiana.

Special Best Film & Screenplay Judge:
Stephen Susco, writer/director of THE GRUDGE, BEYOND THE REACH, UNFRIENDED: Dark Web

Blue Fish - Best Film
Gold Fish - Honored Filmmaker of the Year
Green Fish - Best Documentary
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Short
Best Animation
Stephen Susco Award
Screenplay Awards

We are only accepting online submissions, please do not mail any physical material. Thank you.

Overall Rating
  • Daniel Talbott

    Felt really lucky to be a part of their festival this year and to win one of their awards. It's a wonderful fest that I hope I get to go to in person sometime, run by wonderful people. Thank you so much River Bend. :)

    October 2020
  • Thiago Dadalt

    Great Festival, great films and great people. I can't wait to come back soon.

    July 2019
  • Awesome festival. It was great to see so many filmmakers and viewers alike in attendance for a short film block.

    May 2019
  • Abbey Frisco

    Unfortunately ended up not being able to attend because of work, which was a bummer because I live so close! I've heard nothing but good things about this festival in the past, and the director Ben and myself are honored to have our film screened. I believe one of our actors attended. Communication before hand was very timely and friendly, and this festival seems to be a great networking and community opportunity.

    May 2019
  • Rose Waldschmidt

    I have been to several River Bend Film festivals and it gets better ever year. They have great events, speakers and films. I look forward to it every year.

    May 2019