The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival is a multi-day event in a popular resort town on southern Delaware's Atlantic coast. The Festival began in 1998 and has since grown to a thriving cultural resource in the mid-Atlantic region. The festival screens American and international features, shorts, and documentaries.

The Film Society's Cinema Arts Theater is the home for this annual event as well as two other venues. In addition to Delaware residents, this Festival has become an important cultural destination for film enthusiasts from Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, and beyond.

Awards & Prizes

The Festival offers cash prizes in the amount of $500 to the Audience Awards Winners in the following Categories:
Best Feature
Best Debut Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short

Rules & Terms

All film submissions must be submitted via FilmFreeway online screener or in DVD format, (both NTSC and PAL formats accepted).

Mail-in submissions must be labeled with the film title, running time and contact information (including name, e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number).

Submissions will not be returned.

Selected films must be made available for Festival presentation in DCP, 35mm, professionally mastered Blu-ray or DVD, or an HD digital file.

Foreign language films must be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.

Films previously submitted to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society (RBFS) will not be considered (unless requested by RBFS).

To receive acknowledgment of receipt of your entry, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope or postcard with your submission.

Films selected for screening will be notified in September.

If a film is invited to participate in the Festival, the film must be shipped prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers.

The RBFS will be responsible for return shipping charges of films screened at the Festival.

The RBFS will not pay for international shipping of domestic films.

The RBFS does not assume any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise. All films in our possession will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the festival.

The RBFS is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademarks, credits or royalty infringements related to the work. Submission of an entry to this Festival signifies that the entrant understands, accepts and agrees to these conditions.

Materials of all submissions become the property of the RBFS, and can be used for review purposes and to promote the film and programs of the Society in all mediums including film, television, radio and the Internet.