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
  • 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

    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
  • Your Festival is very nice, Thank you so much.

    May 2017