18th Annual

RiverRun International Film Festival

April 07, 2016 to April 17, 2016

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Winston-Salem NC 27101
Phone: 336-724-1502
Fax: 336-724-1112

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature-length Narrative
Feature-length films must be 40 minutes or longer.
Feature-length Documentary
Feature-length Documentaries must be 40 minutes or longer in length.
Short fiction
Narrative short films under 40 minutes in runtime.
Short documentary
Documentary shorts under 40 minutes in runtime.
Animated shorts under 40 minutes in runtime.
North Carolina Student
To submit as a North Carolina Student and have the submission fee waived please submit via RiverRun's website - http://riverrunfilm.com/submit-a-film/ - and download our submission application. Then, e-mail or send the form and the film to festival@riverrunfilm.com or to the address listed on our page with a copy of your student ID.


The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Our mission is to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers.


Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. The Festival also presents a broad range of special events each year, including high-profile regional premieres of significant films, celebrity tributes, family matinees and classic retrospectives as well as a variety of panel discussions and parties. And, as of 2014, RiverRun is now an Academy qualifying Festival in the Documentary Short category!


Andrew Rodgers (Executive Director); Mary Dossinger (Program Manager)


2016 Film Competition and Selection Requirements:

Filmmakers entering films for competition must complete and send in the Entry Form and fee (if applicable). A screening committee will evaluate and select films to be presented at the RiverRun International Film Festival in April 2016. During the Festival, a jury of industry professionals will select Festival winners with the exception of the Audience Award which will be decided by audience voting.

Criteria for Submission:

• All entries must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2015 for submission.
• All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2014.
• All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered.
• All clearances must be obtained for exhibition.
• Entries may be submitted on DVD (preferably NTSC format) with a label indicating the title and running time. They may also be submitted online. If submitted online, please send to festival@riverrunfilm.com.
• In an effort to become a greener Festival, RRIFF asks that all filmmakers limit the materials used to send in films and submit their films in small, eco-friendly packaging. Films should be submitted to us on a single DVD, and we would prefer that they be sent in a simple paper CD/DVD sleeve in order to cut down on waste. Once we receive your DVD, the case or sleeve will be recycled, so it doesn’t matter what type of packaging you use to submit your disc. Or, just send all materials online.
• Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers in the Student Category.
• Only complete entries will be accepted. This includes the non-refundable entry fee paid to the order of RRIFF, a signed and completed entry form and a DVD or online screener. Filmmakers may apply electronically via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway or they may download an official application from the RiverRun website. This application must be signed and must accompany the screener and application fee.
• Films submitted in previous years will not be accepted for submission.
• The programmers at RiverRun actively pursue the best in American independent and world cinema for the annual Festival. Films that have been released on video or DVD, have been widely screened on television or cable, or have been released theatrically preclude the Festival from accepting those films for competition. Exceptions are sometimes made for such films to be programmed at the Festival out of competition but are determined on a case by case basis.
• Films previously screened publicly in North Carolina will not be eligible for competition, but could be included in special non-competitive screenings.

Film Categories for Competition:

• Feature-length films (narrative or documentary) must be 40 minutes or longer.
• Film Shorts (narrative, documentary, experimental, animated) must be 40 minutes or less.
• Student films must have been completed after January 1, 2014 and proof of enrollment is required. Student films may not exceed 30 minutes.

Although RRIFF is a competitive festival, some films may be included in the program in a non-competition section.

Unfortunately, RRIFF is unable to provide comments about specific films due to time and resource constraints. No DVD screeners will be returned.

Selected filmmakers may expect the following:

• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for competition will be notified by email by approximately March 7, 2016. All the privileges due filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.
• All filmmakers with a film in competition will receive a VIP pass, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail, but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.
• RRIFF promotes the schedule of screenings via media including newspapers, emails, television and radio. RRIFF encourages filmmakers to help promote their films by promoting their screening(s) to industry professionals, distributors, the press and the general public.
• For entries selected to the 2016 Festival, an exhibition print or video of the film in proper format (35mm, BetaSP, DigiBeta, DVCam, Mini DV, HDCam, DCP or File (MP4 or MOV (H.264)) must be received by RRIFF no later than March 21, 2016. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival competition.
• Filmmakers may not install banners or posters at the theaters without the official authorization of RRIFF.
• The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the RiverRun International Film Festival the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of April 7-17, 2016. Entries that are not completed or available for screening must pull their entry prior to March 1, 2016 or the film will be screened as entered.

The management of the RiverRun International Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

Questions: Please call 336-724-1502, fax 336-724-1112, visit the website at www.riverrunfilm.com or email: festival@riverrunfilm.com.


The management of RiverRun International Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions regarding rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein. RiverRun International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless RiverRun International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.