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 20th 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
  • 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
  • Rose Steller Burke

    Well done RIFF! We so appreciated all of your hard work in making this event happen!

    May 2022
  • Dennis Curley

    We absolutely LOVED the upgraded 2021 viewing experience! Let's face it, no one wants to put on a film festival during a pandemic. But the folks at RIFF really stepped up their game this year. We loved being a part of the well-curated shorts section, and had a great time with the Q&A on Zoom. Thanks to everyone involved -- we were honored to be a part of it!

    May 2021