Roosevelt Island Film Festival takes place on the stunningly beautiful, two-mile island, nestled between Manhattan and Queens and straddled by the 59th St. Bridge, Roosevelt Island. Also starting 2023 additional screenings will be held in NYC.

RIFF is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent American and international filmmakers. The festival seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, and introduce audiences to new exceptional works. We are open to all genres. Special categories include Female Directors, Comedy, International, and NYC Filmmaker.

RIFF hosts screenings, panels and social networking opportunities for everyone involved. Leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media will be in attendance.

RIFF will accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. 
The films will be selected by the Founders and judging juries. If your film is private please make sure you provide password. We look forward to seeing your work.

Feature Films / Short Films / Television Pilots.

BEST IN FESTIVAL FEATURE
BEST IN FESTIVAL SHORT

BEST DIRECTOR – FEATURE
BEST DIRECTOR- SHORT

BEST ACTOR - FEATURE
BEST ACTOR- SHORT

BEST ACTRESS – FEATURE
BEST ACTRESS – SHORT

BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER- FEATURE
BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER- SHORT

BEST NYC FILMMAKER - FEATURE
BEST NYC FILMMAKER - SHORT

BEST INTERNATIONAL - FEATURE
BEST INTERNATIONAL - SHORT

BEST COMEDY - FEATURE
BEST COMEDY - SHORT

BEST DRAMA - FEATURE
BEST DRAMA - SHORT

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR FEATURE
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR SHORT

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

BEST ANIMATION FEATURE OR SHORT

BEST PILOT

BEST TRAILER

If categories do not have nominations there will be no award given.

RIFF Rules and Regs 

1. RIFF accepts submissions for feature films, short films narratives, documentaries, pilots and one episode from a series.

2. All films submitted must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016.

3. All films must be submitted with an online screener

4. All feature  submissions must be between 50-130 minutes in length.

5. All short film  submissions must be under 30 minutes in length.

6. There is no premiere requirement

7. ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

8. All Submission media completed forms, and submission fees must be received by specified First, Deadline, Early Deadline, Regular Deadline, Late Deadline, Extended Deadline and no later that Final Deadline for each festival season.

9. All films and videos in a language other than English "MUST BE SUBTITLED" for the festival

10. SCREENING REQUIREMENTS: If your film is selected for exhibitIon, please be advised that we will require AT LEAST MP4 1920 X 1080

11. LEGAL (By submitting you are agreeing to the following)

A. The Feature, Short, or Other Media I am submitting as my entry is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation; 

B. I am duly authorized to submit this Production to the RIFF.  I hold RIFF harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) or media en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival; 

C. I hold RIFF harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry;

D. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the Production; I give permission for RIFF to use excerpts of up to three minutes of the Production for promotional purposes;

E.  I give permission for RIFF to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the Production for promotional purposes;

F.  I give permission for RIFF to screen the Production at RIFF event as well as at ancillary Festival presentations, programs, and/or events;

G.  I own or have authorization to all necessary copyrights and licenses; (If requested) I will be able to provide model/actor release verification as well as provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification. As the Submitter/Producer, I agree to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film. 

H. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into RIFF.

I. No award will be given if there are no nominations for a category.

J. All awards are selected by the President and the judges.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Very good communication on instagram, and a lot of very high quality movie for the competition. Great job, great value. Thank you.

    July 2024
  • Filmes do Gajo

    I love Roosevelt Island Film Festival and I totally recommend it. It was great to win an award there. Thank you!

    July 2024
  • Don Hessell & Alan LaFave

    Roosevelt Island Film Festival is a wonderful festival with great programming, a lot of passion, and truly wonderful people organizing their annual event. Communication is always key with film festivals, and RIFF does a great job with that. We cannot thank them enough for selecting SHANNON IS STRANGE, and having a true appreciation for independent films.

    July 2024
  • Maria De la Ossa

    Wonderful festival. And although I was unable to attend, they were amazing with ther responses and communication. Hope to be there in the future.

    July 2024
  • Ravit Markus

    Amazing Film Festival! Amazing Staff! Amazing location! Amazing leadership to the festival ! We had an amazing time! Thanks so much for accepting our film to your wonderful festival!

    July 2024