FEB 27-MAR 5 2017



More than 120 films from 20 plus countries


Up to 65 bands competing for top honors


Community, industry, networking, education

FEB 27-MAR 5, 2017 (Music) & FEB 28-MARCH 5, 2017 (Film)


RIFF, one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic brings more than 120 cutting edge films to RVA, plus industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia's Bowtie Movieland/Criterion and the historic Byrd Theater, a venue touted by USA Today as "one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States."

It's a one-of-a-kind festival honoring some of the most singularly entertaining projects on the international film scene. At RIFF, there is truly something for every artist and patron.

Join us in RVA this February & March as we honor some of the industry's finest talent. 

Submit to the RIFF Music Fest

Get considered as a performer for the 2017 festival

An inclusive and spirited festival; RIFF brings great talent together and helps launch careers.


“The talent, expertise and quality film curation by the RIFF team has made the Richmond film scene a force to be reckoned with. Our experience with showing Tainted Love at the 2014 festival and the good fortune we had in receiving numerous awards was truly unforgettable and we look forward to bringing our future projects back to share with the community."

Orlando Jones and Noam Dromi
Producers – Tainted Love (USA, Los Angeles, CA)

“It is certainly one of the best film festivals I have experienced.”

“As a filmmaker and film lover, I was totally blown away when attending RIFF. The festival is young, but ambitious & full of energy. It is certainly one of the best film festivals I have experienced. The film screenings, filmmaker’s Q&As, exhibitions, discussion panels, and performances all work perfectly together – not only do they bring richness and diversity to the event, but they also provide valuable resources to the professionals. ”

Ying-Fang Shen

Director - Humanexus (China & Virginia)

RIFF was an absolutely wonderful experience in all respects: a beautiful main venue, well selected and diverse programs of high quality and a truly dedicated staff of true film-enthusiasts. Director, Heather Waters and her team go out of their way to make this a very special experience for every attending filmmaker. You are really treated as a “member of the family,” events for filmmakers are plenty & extremely well organized. Networking opportunities are fabulous and you get to enjoy true Southern hospitality in the beautiful city of Richmond. Highly recommended!

Hannes Rall 
Director - The Cold Heart

The doors RIFF helped open have been phenomenal. I’ve met some incredible talent that’s fostered great collaboration and helped me expand as a songwriter. From meeting folks in film who want to help expand my ideas visually, to having familiar faces at local networking events. The festival provided me access to an audience that hip hop doesn’t usually have in this city. RIFF provides a level playing field for creatives from multiple backgrounds and is such a beautiful way to reach people who may not know of the different ‘scenes’ in the city.

Chance Fischer