More than 120 films from 20 plus countries
Up to 65 bands competing for top honors
Community, industry, networking, education
MARCH 2-5, 2017 (Film) & FEB 27-MARCH 5, 2017 (Music)
CUTTING EDGE FILM & MUSIC | FROM 20+ COUNTRIES
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 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.
“...A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH”
“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. ”
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
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.