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

2019 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

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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
  • Jim Hall

    How about 6 Stars! I was honored to have my FilmPoem "Miles to go..." screen at River Bend. If you are looking for a festival to attend with Big-time films in a small cozy town, SUBMIT NOW!
    The Cannes of Northern Indiana because of a Can-Do attitude.

    May 2019
  • Just wanted to thank Joni and the rest of the gang over at River Bend for a great festival! The venue, workshops, filmmaker lounge, and mixers were awesome! Thanks for hosting a wonderful event and I hope to return in the future.

    May 2019