An IMDb qualified festvial , Rotterdam Independent Film Festival (Riff) is a brand new, up-and-coming online seasonal short film festival in Netherland, a country with great filmmakers like Johan van der Keuken and popular international film festivals. Riff is an exclusive online short film competition, and our main goal is to showcase the brilliant short projects for a diverse audience of cinephiles.

RIFF is more than just a Film event; it is a strong connection among all filmmakers worldwide. RIFF is a hub for international filmmakers to celebrate their premieres, thank their cast and crew, and meet their fans. Exposing young talented filmmakers to an environment of industry professionals with vast experience in their field is a priority for us. One of our top aims is to help first-time filmmakers promote their talent regardless of their age. The objective of RIFF is to provide support to indie filmmakers globally through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking. We aim to create networks that lead to further opportunities for filmmakers.

RIFF is an online award film festival. You have two steps in front to advance to the annual event. At first, each season, our jury selects the winners of each category through "private" screenings. Every submitted film has a chance to be a winner for each season. In the next step, we select few films from the winner projects for the annual event. If you get to the second stage, we will get in touch with you for the annual event (not getting a notification from us means that you are not a selected film for the second stage). If you advance to the yearly event, you need to send us materials for online screening.

Our judges consist of filmmakers and industry professionals from 5 different countries. We believe that having such a multicultural team behind our festival helps our festival thrive among Indie Festivals.

Short Film
Male Director
Female Director
First-time filmmaker shorts
Student short
Horror Short
Dance Short
Sci-fi Short
Covid Short
Women Empowerment
Micro Short
Acting in Short (for both male and female)
Ensemble Acting
Original Screenwriting
Unproduced Script
Original Score
Web Series
TV pilot
Music Video

Your submission implies that you have the legal right to represent and submit this film for consideration, along with your acceptance of RIFF regulations.

1) International films are required to have English subtitles
2) Short films are 50 mins and under. Micro short is under 5 minutes
3) To submit a film or script, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the content owner to submit the film to us.
4) Films must be 2016 or newer to qualify for an award.
5) Our festival is run by a small group of volunteers, film enthusiasts, and professional film judges. Every effort is made to provide excellent communication. If there is anything we can assist with, please send us an email, and we will contact you back within 72 hours.
6) One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.
7) Only the winner project has the chance for the online screening. Given that we might not receive all the film screening materials on time, we reserve the right to change the time of the online event. If we change the date, the new information will be communicated to the affected filmmakers (the winners's one).
8 ) We communicate with filmmakers through emails, so we appreciate that you check your email regularly.
9) All fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • Armin Hasemann

    It is a great honor to be part of the Rotterdam Independent Film Festival.
    A special thanks to the juries for selecting our Documentary as Semi-Finalist in the Best Documentary category. Greatly appreciate.

    April 2022
  • Linda Pidhirney

    Thank you to the judges, organizers, audience and volunteers, our team was thrilled for Anonymous Heroes to be Semi-Finalist in Rotterdam Independent Film Festival!! The communication was awesome!!

    April 2022
  • It's a wonderful film festival.
    Has a very good sense.
    The examination is credible.
    Not clerical.
    It is full of love for many movies.

    April 2022
  • Thank you for great communication and to select my short film “Ouranos’ throne”. I will participate again!

    April 2022
  • Bryan Huynh

    So thrilled to be part of this terrific festival. Thank you for the semi-finalist selection of the short film: YESTERDAY NEVER ENDED

    April 2022