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 21st 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
  • We had a blast at the 2023 Riverside International Film Festival. The team were excellent and there is a real sense of a filmmaking community in the town. We were so pleased to receive three awards for our film Translations.

    May 2023
  • We won the audience award at Riverside and we are so grateful! It was well worth the drive from LA!

    April 2023
  • Henri Kebabdjian

    Very enjoyable festival. Thanks again for everything. Well done for the organization

    May 2022
  • Man-Oh LEE

    Even though I didn't win, everything was an amazing experience and the best for me. Thank you for showing my film Pit-a-pat to this amazing festival

    May 2022
  • The experience at the Riverside International Film Festival was excellent! The community that participates in the festival makes it very special. The team behind the scenes team, programmers and staff, are excellent! Highly recommended!!

    May 2022