8th Annual

River Bend Film Festival

March 31, 2016 to April 02, 2016

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234 S. Main Street
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Goshen IN 46526
Phone: 574-315-8044

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Documentary Films
Documentary film is a broad category of visual expressions that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to "document" reality. Documentary works to identify a filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. U.S origin and International accepted.
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, and "underground" has been used in the past, though it has also had other connotations. While "experimental" covers a wide range of practice, an "experimental film" is often characterized by the absence of linear narrative, the use of various abstracting techniques (out of focus, painting or scratching on film, rapid editing), the use of asynchronous sound or even the absence of any sound track. The goal is often to place the viewer in a more active and more thoughtful relationship to the film. Experimental Films and Music Videos can have any running times and be U.S. or International Origin.
Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D or 3-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. It is an optical illusion of motion due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision, and can be created and demonstrated in a number of ways.
Student Films
The RBFF is dedicated to showing films and movie making projects 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 Studio script assumes a budget of over one million dollars.
Script must be between 80 - 120 pages.
Independent Film Scripts
Intended for scripts that would require AT LEAST One Million Dollars to make.
Short Comedy
Projects that generally intended to be humorous or to amuse, can be Fiction or Non Fiction.
Feature Comedy
Projects generally intended to be humorous or to amuse in a long playing film. Fiction or Non Fiction.
Short Drama
A drama film is a film genre that depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes. 30 minutes or under.
Feature Drama
A drama film is a film genre that depends mostly on in-depth development of realistic characters dealing with emotional themes. Long play Dramatic Narrative.


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 digital files only.
2. 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.