The Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) is the oldest and largest film festival in the Pittsburgh region. Now in its 39th year, this prestigious fest includes American and foreign dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more. In addition to film screenings, there are Q&As with cast and crew, well-attended screenings, awards, and networking events including a filmmakers’ lounge and after parties. Passholders for this year's 3RFF will also be able to attend a filmmaking conference of workshops and discussions with industry pros that will take place at 3RFF's partner festival, Pittsburgh Shorts, running from November 18-21st.

Now part of the Film Pittsburgh family, the Three Rivers Film Festival will continue its prominent role in bringing people together to share the power of independent film. Thanks to Covid-19, the 2020 festival was presented virtually as part of a combined Fall Festival. But we’re anxious to get back to normal and plan to present 3RFF in November 2021 in the theater if it’s safe to do so. If the festival must be presented virtually again, we will update this listing and contact filmmakers by October. Either way, the show will go on!

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 2019 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
  • 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