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 16th 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 DVD or Blu-ray for projection at the festival, and an online press kit. We welcome postcards and postcards for festival display. RIFF does not provide housing or transportation costs to filmmakers attending the festival.

Overall Rating

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

    April 2018

    Thanks for everything, it was great !

    April 2018
  • Jack Truman

    This was a great festival. They had the California premiere for our short documentary DOCKERY & SON a few years back. Very cool fest!

    March 2018
  • Mohammad Mohammadian

    Your Festival is very nice, Thank you so much.

    May 2017
  • Hoyt Richards

    I met some nice filmmakers at the festival. The staff was very friendly. I've had two films screen there now and both were received well.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Hoyt,

    Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience with us. We really appreciate the time you took to help us further improve our film festival. The Riverside International Film Festival is pleased to hear about your time spent in Riverside and values your review. Our goal as a film festival has always been to provide our guests with the utmost support and quality services through networking and movie screenings. The total satisfaction of our guests is extremely important to us and we are happy to know that our services have not gone unnoticed, as that they have come to help us better serve our all attendees.

    The next Riverside International Film Festival is quickly approaching and we believe this 15th year celebration will be the best one to date! We do hope to see your film submissions and attendance at Gala this year as well.

    Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    Riverside International Film Festival