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.

Features And Shorts

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

BEST DRAMA - FEATURE
BEST DRAMA - SHORT

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

BEST ANIMATION FEATURE OR 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, 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.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Ben Myers

    Although I wasn't able to attend in person, Toni and the team made RIFF an excellent festival to be a part of. We were able to send one of our Actors who had a wonderful experience. Great communication, great films, and an excellent resource for local filmmakers. I look forward to submitting. more work in the future!

    July 2022
  • Nicholas J. DeMicco

    RIFF was terrific. Very unique place for a festival! The festival presidents were amazing, welcoming, and supportive. The award ceremony venue was so cool and I couldn't believe it when we won 3 awards! I promise next time, we'll plan our speeches.

    July 2022
  • Jon Bacon

    We had a great time at this festival. The organizers created an exhilarating spirit of camaraderie. The panel discussion on the future of indie filmmaking was a highlight.

    July 2022
  • Toni and Daniel have really put their hearts into this sweet festival on a magical little island that even most New Yorkers haven't visited (like me!). My short "'Love'" screened before a great feature, which is always special for a short because it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. I really appreciated that. The fest felt small because it's relatively new but I can tell that it's only going to grow as more filmmakers and industry discover how awesome it is.

    July 2022
  • Grégory Bollack

    Many thanks to the Roosevelt Island Film Festival for this selection and award winning. Marvelous experience to be part of it. Thanks for your feedbacks. Love from Candy

    July 2022