Selected as one of "20 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine, the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is the premiere film event in Northwest Georgia.

RIFF welcomes films and filmmakers from around the globe to share the art of independent film with regional audiences, to entertain and enlighten festival attendees, to provide filmmakers the opportunity for professional networking and development, and to encourage cultural tourism and film industry development in Rome, Georgia and the surrounding area. RIFF goes above and beyond to make sure attending filmmakers have a great festival experience.

The Rome International Film Festival is a filmmaker-friendly festival that focuses on quality programming of all genres. We want to give a heightened sense of the experience to all who participate and attend. RIFF goes above and beyond to make all of our visiting filmmakers have a great experience.

RIFF celebrates its 14th anniversary November 9-12, 2017.

Awards & Prizes

RIFF rewards numerous juried and audience choice categories with our prized Sylvia award. Our very own hand sculpted bronze Oscar-type trophy hand crafted by a local artist.

Rules & Terms

Please follow these guidelines when mailing your entry:

Note: We prefer a highresolution digital copy of the film. (H.264 or .mov) Only send media copy if digital format is not an option.

A copy of your Blu Ray or DVD, in NTSC.

A reproducible photo or electronic image suitable for use in the program.

A synopsis or description alone on one page, (one paragraph, appropriate for quick reading)

The applicable fees in the form of check or money order if you do not pay with credit card.

A separate entry form and entry fee must accompany each work.

Be certain to include your name and return address clearly on the package and include the category on the label as well.

Please include your FilmFreeway tracking number on all materials.

6 Reviews

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    winston azzopardi

    Hats off to the organisers of The Rome film festival. The community spirit is what makes this event unique. Networking was extremely useful due to the proximity of Atlanta. Seth and April treated us like royalty.
    I cannot recommend this festival enough and certain that it will grow in stature in the years to come.

    October 2016
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    Laura Milheiro

    I was able to attend RIFF and I have to say that's one of the best festivals I've ever been. People - both from the organization and local people - treated us really well, we felt at home. The theatre where the films where screened was amazing and it's a well organized film festival. Congratulations! I definitely recommend RIFF to other filmmakers.

    September 2016
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    Litsa Boudalika

    This is a festival open to fiction, docs and animation, both domestic and international. Great job from the team, very inclusive and supportive in terms of local communities. Special concern also for young audiences as much as for professionals from all over the planet. Long life to RIFF!

    September 2016
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    Matthew Bartlett

    Although, I couldn't attend I was really impressed with the films I saw in competition and with the classes that were on offer. I had a good correspondence with the organizers and I would definitely recommend to others. Thanks for having us!

    September 2016
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    Steven Doxey

    The organizers April and Seth were unbelievably kind, communicative, and well-organized. The festival experience overall was fantastic. There was good attendance, marketing all over Rome, and the theater where we screened was excellent. The organizers even helped myself and my crew out with hotels and accommodations. I would recommend this festival to anyone! Truly a great experience, and I will be attending in the future.

    September 2016