Festival will be LIVE not VIRTUAL.

Roosevelt Island Film Festival takes place in the heart of New York City on the stunningly beautiful, two-mile island, nestled between Manhattan and Queens and straddled by the 59th St. Bridge. 

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 and Emerging NYC Filmmakers.

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 2021 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.

GOLDEN TRAM FOR BEST IN FEST FEATURE
GOLDEN TRAM FOR BEST IN FEST 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 EMERGING NYC FILMMAKER FEATURE
BEST EMERGING NYC FILMMAKER SHORT

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

BEST COMEDY FEATURE
BEST COMEDY SHORT

RIFF Rules and Regs 

1. RIFF accepts submissions for feature films, short films narratives

2. All films submitted must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015.

3. All films must be submitted with an online screener

4. All feature  submissions must be between 60-100 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 in English for the festival

10. SCREENING REQUIREMENTS: If your film is selected for exhibiton, please be advised that we will require: 1 Bluray or DCP plus DVD for archives.

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.

Overall Rating
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  • The organizers of this were fantastic. They communicated with me they made me feel important and valued they also arranged a great screening for the film and when it won some thing they even arranged to Mail at their own cost an award to me. I think them for making me feel so great about contributing to the festival and as a human being. this is a terrific bunch of people and I encourage you to enter

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Tom! It is our first priority to make sure the filmmakers know their importance! Your film was beautifully made and truly captured the film noir mystery extremely well. The acting was great! We appreciate your kind words and hope to screen your future work!

    Toni & Daniel

  • Brooke Hoover

    Super fun festival ! Toni and Daniel are very organized and friendly and you can tell they really want to make filmmakers' voices heard. Wonderful films and great networking opportunities. I have already encouraged fellow filmmakers to submit for next year. We will be back!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Brooke! We love hearing this! Our mission was to showcase quality films and bring together talented filmmakers! We are looking forward to seeing your future work and your attendance at he festival.

    Toni & Daniel

  • What a thrill to be part of Roosevelt Island Film Festival's first year! Toni and Daniel created a wonderful festival in one of NYC's most unique neighborhoods. Great communication and post-screening Q&A. It's clear that they care about the films and filmmakers. Thanks for including It's Time for Tea - and best of luck with many more years of a top-notch festival!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matthew!!!! We loved your film "It's Time For Tea" - The audience loved it too. Thank you for sharing our first year and representing us with your quality work.

    Toni & Daniel

  • Matthew DeCapua

    We had a great experience with the Roosevelt Island Film Festival! Toni and Daniel are wonderful: warm, welcoming, and supportive. We'd highly recommend this festival to anyone considering submitting to it or attending!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You Matthew for your kind words! We we loved the uniqueness of Pew! Pew! Pew! The comedy is fantastic! We are blessed to screen your talents in filmmaking.

  • Caleb Fanning

    Great, cant wait to see where this festival goes from here!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Caleb! We loved your film! We are so happy to have the opportunity to screen Blood On The Risers! Thank you for your talents! Toni & Daniel