The River's Edge International Film Festival brings independent film to the smart, arts-oriented, mid-American river town of Paducah, Kentucky. It is an easy transition to make. Paducah already has a burgeoning visual and performing arts scene, and the film festival is right in the center of this cultural hub.

The River's Edge International Film Festival is a four-day event built around the showing of quality independent film from around the world. Our focus is both on the film lover, providing multiple venues in which to experience the best the world of cinema has to offer, and on the filmmaker, offering opportunities for exhibition, education, and networking with contemporaries.

The Festival will be held in multiple venues, all within walking distance of one another. Downtown Paducah offers great theater, fine dining, eclectic shopping and exquisite art galleries along a beautiful river front. Patrons can see films in a number of welcoming and comfortable locations, and enjoy the scenic landscape and temperate weather in-between.

An award is given for Best of the Fest as well as at the discretion of our jury panel. We take great care in selecting jurors from all facets of the filmmaking and film festival world.

Films submissions are accepted in the following categories:
- Narrative Feature (between 70 and 120 minutes)
- Narrative Short (less than 70 minutes)
- Documentary Feature (between 70 and 120 minutes)
- Documentary Short (less than 70 minutes)
- Animation (maximum of 100 minutes)
- Experimental (maximum of 60 minutes)

Films must be submitted for review in the following format:
- .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
- .MOV (QuickTime)

If accepted films must be submitted in the following format for exhibition:
- .MPG (MPET or MPEG2)
- .MOV (QuickTime)

A digital press kit is required upon acceptance of film.

River's Edge International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless River's Edge International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • My co-producer (Mark Stoffel) and I had a great time at the festival. It's a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and we had a nice crowd and Q&A after our screening. It's always great to meet other filmmakers and had that opportunity both at our screening, and at the reception on Saturday night. Only wish the crowds were larger, but I assume that Landee and her crew wish that, too.

    November 2018
  • Scott Stafford

    There's no better place to spend a fall weekend than Lowertown Paducah and there are no better people to spend it with than the REIFF gang.

    November 2017
  • Dillon Ward

    Loved River's Edge! The Maiden Alley Cinema is an important theater for the region, and it was an honor to screen there. Paducah is a quaint Kentucky town with a lot to offer. If you can make it to River's Edge, you won't be disappointed!

    November 2017
  • Paul Zehrer

    Terrific film festival. Thank you for all your kindness and willingness to support our film and celebrate people with developmental disabilities living meaningful live.

    November 2016
  • Sent an e-mail upon official selection, asking details at the start of planning to attend, never heard back. Sent a follow-up the next week, aiming again to understand the situation, still never heard back. After being in their prior festival, to bring a film actually about the small KY town itself; then this time again, a film with its main collaborators living there, the silence was unfriendly -- and my film ended up in a classroom on a pop-up screen. Glad I didn't go, but it cost me a few hundred dollars in unrefundable travel.

    After getting selected for about a hundred of these things by now, it seems to me that the measure of a good festival is the respect paid to filmmakers who actually might come, especially with local relationships. The scripted defense always goes, we're understaffed and rely on volunteers, but when you see their publicity and communications (if at all) focus on awards and juror bios, bad sign. I learned the hard way as usual, but I hope they pull it together in the future. First priority has got to be paying attention to the tiny minority of filmmakers who actually plan to come, otherwise what's a film festival for? Jurors? I've been to some great ones, and it isn't just about money and staffing, but attitude.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    I sent you an e-mail. And I thought you might appreciate this article.