The Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) is the oldest and largest film festival in the Pittsburgh region. Heading into its 42nd edition, this prestigious fest includes American and international dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more. It features exceptional films accompanied by Q&As with cast and crew, well-attended screenings, awards, terrific after parties, and other networking events. Attending filmmakers also get a free pass for a filmmaking conference of workshops and discussions with industry pros presented at Pittsburgh Shorts, which immediately follows 3RFF.

Every year, The Three Rivers Film Festival brings together a diverse group of people from around the region to share the beauty and power of independent film.

Audience Awards are given for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature.

Three Rivers Film Festival is open to all independent filmmakers.
Eligible films must adhere to the following criteria:
• Must be a Pittsburgh premiere (no prior public Pittsburgh screening)
• Must be a feature-length film with a run time in excess of 40 minutes
• Films must have been completed in 2021 or later
• Foreign language films must have English subtitles

Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate submission and fee.
Please include the following as part of your submission:
• Film synopsis (50 word maximum)
• Country of Origin
• Languages spoken in the film
• Type of film (Live Action, Documentary, or Animation)
• Length of film
• Prior Festival Screenings and Broadcast History
• Honors and Awards
• Filmmaker contact information
• Director’s Bio (100 word maximum)
• Brief Personal Statement (100 word maximum)

Please submit online via FilmFreeway. Vimeo links are strongly preferred.

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Additional Terms and Conditions:
Film Pittsburgh is not responsible for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their submitted films. By entering this festival, the entrant certifies that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process. Award winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their film is original and that he/she holds all rights. The undersigned assumes responsibility to ensure the submission payment information is complete and correct and agrees to reimburse Film Pittsburgh for any additional fees incurred by incorrect submission payments, submission disputes, and credit card chargebacks. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Film Pittsburgh for any and all fees, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving submission payment disputes, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the content submitted and/or screened. By entering the festival, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, entry constitutes permission to use winners’ name, likeness, and voice for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Void where prohibited.

Overall Rating
  • Lance Kramer

    Had a wonderful experience at Three Rivers. The programming team was super personable, supportive, and put a lot of care and attention into the presentation of our film. The festival helped cover our travel and accommodations which made a huge difference. And they put a lot of effort into community engagement to get local partner organizations involved in the screening. Had an unforgettable experience in Pittsburgh. Highly recommend this festival and have lots of gratitude to the team!

    November 2022
  • Julia Reichert

    We were in good hands with our virtual screening of 9to5: The Story of a Movement. Thank you Paul and team for accommodating our requests and sharing our film with your audience!

    March 2021
  • Sami Khan

    Just an incredible festival. We participated in the 2020 Edition and despite it virtual we were treated with incredible hospitality by the team, led by Kathryn and Paul. The whole operation at Film Pittsburgh is amazing and is absolutely one of the best run film organizations in the entire United States. I can't wait to screen my next film with them.

    March 2021
  • Jennifer Lin

    Folks at Film Pittsburgh worked hard to make the Three Rivers Film Festival a virtual success. Thank you!
    Jennifer Lin
    co-director Beethoven in Beijing

    November 2020