Annually since 2002, RIFF has brought the best in contemporary international and independent film to the Inland Empire region of Southern California, the fastest growing area in America. In this, our 18th year, RIFF seeks diverse and challenging films of social upheaval, human conflict, and the boldness of the human spirit. We also enjoy the best of comedy, mystery, science fiction. and horror. We particularly appreciate subtitled films, student films, and animation. A very high percentage of filmmakers and actors attend to present their films and to participate in workshops and forums.

Awards to the Audience Favorite in the categories of Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, Student Film, and Animation.

Jury Awards in Feature Film, Documentary, Short Film, Student Film, and Animation.

Award for film in any category selected for the Founder's Award and the President's Award.

All entries must be submitted online. If your film is selected, we will require an online press kit. We welcome postcards for festival display. RIFF does not provide housing or transportation costs to filmmakers attending the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Despite the recent complications concerning the pandemic, the Riverside Film Festival got creative and smart to live stream the short films! What a great experience!

    May 2020
  • A big thank you to the Riverside Team for screening and accommodating Talking To The Wind twice! Also very excited that we received the audience award for Best Student Film. The festival was hosted online this year due to COVID-19, everything was exceptionally well organized and we felt very welcomed. The communication and hospitality was amazing. Can’t wait to attend the festival in fall and looking forward to meeting the team in person!

    May 2020
  • It's about films and filmmakers. No fuss! Great experience at this year's live edition due to the Global Pandemic. We won the best documentary audience choice award.

    April 2020
  • Manuel Eduardo Ramirez

    Was an awesome experience! Honored to have won best short and best actor! Thank you!

    April 2019
  • It is my honor to take part in the Riverside Film Festival. Thanks to everything.

    April 2018