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Richmond International Film Festival

International Film Festival.

About

The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a competitive festival that screens more than 120 international cutting edge films, making it one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest international competitive festivals. RIFF provides industry panels, Q&As, live musical performances, the creative FLOW conference, and entertainment mixers that bring the spirit of Hollywood to beautiful Richmond, Virginia. 

RIFF welcomes produced films and screenplays of all genres and niches (features & shorts) as well as music videos, original teleplays, and web series. In 2017, RIFF also expanded to add a full scale music festival, which overlaps with the film portion and offers many opportunities for filmmakers and musicians to connect and forge new working relationships.

With the aim of promoting both established award winning filmmakers and discovering up-and-coming talent, the festival works to promote its participating filmmakers and writers through various media outlets and production partners.

RIFF is a collaborative platform for filmmakers, writers, and musicians that brings great talent together, and helps launch careers.

Awards

Over $20,000 awarded in cash and prizes, plus industry exposure. Several awards are given in overall main categories for film and screenplays as well as Outstanding Merit Awards, Best Actress/Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Music/Score.

  • Grand Jury Winners (Film). This is awarded to the overall best feature film and short film. The best feature film receives $750 cash and the best short film receives $500 cash;
  • Best of Festival Award for Best Narrative (Feature & Short);
  • Best Animation (Short);
  • Best Documentary (Feature & Short);
  • Best Experimental (Short);
  • Best Original Teleplay;
  • Best Music Video;
  • Best Web Series;
  • Grand Jury Winners (Screenplays). The best feature script receives $750 cash and the best short script receives $500 cash;
  • Audience Choice Awards (Best Feature film and Short film); 
  • Additional Awards (Film); 
  • Outstanding Merit Awards;
  • The Social Impact/Global Xchange Award – Given to the produced short film or script that highlights the use of film to create a positive social impact in the community;
  •  The Legacy Xchange Award -Given to an individual or the best produced film or script submitted by an entrant over the age of 65. 

Rules

  • Short films and scripts (40 min/pages or less), feature films and scripts (41 min/pages or more), original teleplays (75 min/pages or less), music videos, and web series.
  • Films should be completed after November 2017 in order to qualify for the 2019 festival.
  • Submit entry form and payment online through Withoutabox or Filmfreeway or choose to mail it to our office.
  • All applicants (s) testify to be at least 18 years or older and warrant as the author of submitted material that they are the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal and equitable rights thereto with the full and exclusive rights to submit material to the competition.
  • Short and feature films must not be shown within 100 miles of Richmond, VA prior to its festival screening date.

Selection Media Type: DVD, Blu-Ray

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Heather Waters (Director).

Documents

Place

United States
Richmond

Official website

rvafilmfestival.com

Contacts

Address:

Richmond International Film Festival
3126 W. Cary Street, #605
Richmond, VA 23221
United States 

Telephone: (804) 219 0675 
Email: 
info@richmondfilmfestival.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    June 05, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 30, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    July 31, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    August 31, 2018
  • Final Deadline
    September 30, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    October 30, 2018
  • Notifications
    February 01, 2019
  • Event dates
    23 — 28 April 2019
Categories & Fees

Less than 41 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

Less than 41 minutes, all genres.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

41 minutes or more, all genres

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — $80

Less than 41 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

41 minutes or more.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — $80

All genres.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

Less than 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

All genres

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Final Deadline — $75
  • Extended Deadline — $80

All genres.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

Webisode must be an independently produced or unproduced, scripted project specifically created for the web.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70

Original teleplay 75 min/pages or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $55
  • Final Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $70
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