8th Annual

River Bend Film Festival

March 31, 2016 to April 02, 2016

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Goshen IN 46526
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Experimental Films & Music Videos
Experimental film describes a range of filmmaking styles that are generally quite different from, and often opposed to, the practices of mainstream commercial and documentary filmmaking. "Avant-garde" is also used to describe this work, as well as "underground".
Animation in either 2D, 3D and beyond. Can be any length.
Student Films
The RBFF is dedicated to showing films from students. These can include any of the previous types of films we accept as long it was made as a student at any kind of school.
Studio Script
A screenplay that is only producible with a budget over 1 million dollars.
Independent Film Scripts
A screenplay that is producible with a budget that is under 1 million dollars.
Narrative Short Films
Any narrative fiction film with a running time of less than 50 minutes.
Documentary Short Films
Any non-fiction film with a running time of 50 minutes or less.
Narrative Feature Film
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 50 minutes or more.
Documentary Feature Film
Any non-fiction film with a running time of 50 minutes or more.


River Bend Film Festival is a non-profit organization that pursues the celebration of independent films from all over the world to be on display in the heart of the Midwest in downtown Goshen, Indiana.

RBFF is a competitive festival in both films and screenplays. The top Best Film prize receives the "Blue Fish' statue. Our special judge, who watches and reads all accepted submissions is screenwriter Stephen Susco (THE GRUDGE, THE GRUDGE 2, BEYOND THE REACH).


Founded in 2002, the festival was originally called The I.U. South Bend Independent Video & Filmmakers Festival and ran for seven years on the college campus, showing hundreds of films during those years.

2016 is the 8th year as The River Bend Film Festival in the heart of downtown Goshen, Indiana. The only independent film festival of its kind in Northern Indiana, this festival is open to anyone who makes shorts or feature films including high school and college students for competition.

We are sponsored by the not-for-profit Mid America Filmmakers and the town of Goshen.


Adam Ball (Senior Programmer); Gina Leichty (Director of Marketing); Jordon Hodges (Director of Progamming); Tim Richardson (Director)


River Bend Film Festival - Goshen, Indiana, March 31st to April 2nd, 2016
Submissions Rules

River Bend Film Fest accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from (RBFF).

1. Entries must be submitted either digitally using WAB or send a hardcopy in the form of a DVD or Blu-ray by mail.
2. If submitting online, entrants must submit ONE (1) file via the WAB secure on-line screener. Scripts can only be sent via the WAB secure screening.
3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying Preview Copy in one of the accepted formats.
4. All entries must be in English or Subtitled or Dubbed, unless special arrangements have been made with festival.
5. Please attach/write WAB Tracking ID to/on submission materials.
6. Students must include proof of student status with the submission (i.e. an email associated with a college, university or high school).
7. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by one of the Festival Directors.

The cost of shipping an entry to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or C.O.D. shipment will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent "free domicile" to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Any brokerage fees charged to River Bend Film Fest will be billed back to the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by the shipping company.


You must have acquired all necessary rights and copyright clearances for submission of films to the River Bend Film Festival. You also acknowledge this is an exhibition festival, not a competition, and the selection of this film into the festival will be determined solely by the screening committee based on content, story/concept, acting and technical quality. Excerpts from this film may be used for the purpose of promoting the festival through any media. If this film is accepted one guest and yourself are allowed entrance into the festival free of charge.