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10th Annual Rainier Independent
Film Festival

We are open for submissions!


SEPT 15, 2015
We are now open for submissions.

Join us for the 10th Annual Rainier Independent film Festival!


The Films Receiving Top Honors at the 2015 RIFF:

Best Student Film Diamonds in the Rough, directed by Dominique Carino
Best Short DocumentaryRiding My Way Back, directed by Robin Fryday & Peter Rosenbaum
Best DocumentaryWhen Giants Fall, directed by Leslie Griffith
Best Short NarrativeFrom the Sky, directed by Ian Ebright
The Rainier Llama Award as presented
by Warren
Secret, directed by Tony Fulgham
Best Feature Film Imperial Dreams, directed by Malik Vitthal
Audience FavoriteBooze Boys & Brownies, directed by Veronica Mannion

and the winners of this years RIFF Pool Tournament, determined by Ro-sham-beaux because the bar was closing ... Terry LeFrance & Jennifer Johnson!!!

Stay tuned for next year - the 10th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival...


Join Us on Friday for BOOZE, BOYS AND BROWNIES

Watch RIFF's Opening Night trailer of BOOZE, BOYS AND BROWNIES and then join us for the full film on Friday!


Tickets now on sale!

Brown Paper Tickets


Closing Night Film: LAND OF LEOPOLD

APRIL 25, 2015
RIFF is honored to announce the Closing Night Film LAND OF LEOPOLD. Audience Award winner at the Sun Valley Film Festival, this will be the film's West Coast premiere!

Official Website »


The Shoot is an American nightmare

APRIL 13, 2015
Not of the monster that chases, but of the monster within...

Tommy and Dougie are two weathered musicians still living the rock and roll lifestyle in Los Angeles. Tommy is the alpha in the band. He loves his music, loves sex, and loves his woman. Being a 40-something rocker in a young man's world, he doesn't love so much. Dougie is his loyal sidekick, sweet and gullible to a fault. Busted broke and desperately dreaming of their big break, the friends take out a loan from a dangerous source to record their big album, the one that's going to make them famous.

Official Website >


Films Accepted So Far...

APRIL 13, 2015
We are still making decisions so if you have not heard from us that is good! In the meantime here is the list of films accepted so far:

Booze, Boys, Brownies
Dreams of the Last Butterflies
From the Sky
Growing Local
I Owe You
If you Love Your Children
Land of Leopold
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
Riding My Way Back
The Man From the City
The Shoot
Universal Language


The Opening Night Film

APRIL 8, 2015
The Ninth Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival is proud to announce the Opening Night Film Friday, May 15th... BOOZE, BOYS AND BROWNIES- Directed by Veronica Mannion

Currently eating her way through the holiday season after getting dumped by her ex-boyfriend, Luke Benjamin (played by Alan Kaiser), a self absorbed but heartfelt spoken word poet, Vivian juggles auditions, frenemies, and not running into dangerously attractive musicians who ruin her life, like the one responsible for her most recent breakup (played by Matt Monaco).

Watch the Trailer


Announcement Coming Soon

APRIL 7, 2015
The decision process is still ongoing. We will be making an announcement soon on the Opening Night film and a few of the other selected films so far....stay tuned here and Facebook and Twitter!


About Yesterday...

APRIL 2, 2015
Yesterday some filmmakers received acceptance and/or rejection notifications from the company they use for film submissions.

This was our first year utilizing their service, and we were unaware that the company automatically sends to filmmakers notifications on the day we state our notifications go out. The date is a requirement for RIFF to supply the company, but is by no means set in stone. To complicate matters even more we use the drop-down menu in the judging status section for different parameters.

We would never pass onto another entity the process of notifying a filmmaker the final decision regarding their film. As filmmakers ourselves we know the joy's of acceptance and the lows of rejection are far too great to be delivered by an automated system.

So... If you have not heard from us directly by now, the status of your film is that it is in the final stage of the selection process. That does not mean it has been accepted or rejected.

We are truly sorry for the confusion and until you hear from us directly... keep your fingers crossed.

All the Best,
Win Whittaker, RIFF Festival Director


Submissions are closed for 2015 and decisions are being made... No news is good news but good news is great!

MARCH 19, 2015
The 9th annual RIFF is honored to have back Warren Etheredge to host one of his highly informative workshops DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. Warren has been with us since the very beginning and this is a workshop that has not been presented at RIFF before. The date will be Sunday May 17th with the time TBD.

Sorry, when pressed why folks like a movie, many will bleat, "Great cinematography!" Only problem is: they don't know what the hell they're talking about. There is a huge gap between attractive imagery and effective visual storytelling. DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER! During this interactive workshop, I'll show exemplary clips and offer exercises for deepening our understanding and practice of cinematography. For movie-makers and movie-lovers alike, there will be lessons and levity and a chance to go shot for shot with yours truly and the likes of Roger Deakins, Maryse Alberti and Emmanuel Lubezki.


The Rainier Independent Film Festival is in its 8th season and is still dedicated to providing Independent Filmmakers venues to have their films screened in the tranquil area surrounding Mount Rainier.

Mixing films, workshops and the laid-back setting of the area, this festival is set apart in the fact that it is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with film industry people outside of the hustle and bustle typically associated with the business.

Located in the shadow of Mount Rainier, the Ashford Valley provides the perfect setting for this festival. Our screening venues range from an authentic circular Yurt, an elementary school built in the 1920's with capacity of 400, to an intimate setting in the prestigious Nisqually Lodge. All projection is shown in the latest in digital technology.

Because of the unique location and our understanding that limited funds (if any!) are available to Independent Filmmakers, RIFF will make every effort to find complimentary lodging for the selected filmmakers in attendance.

All the Best,
Win Whittaker, RIFF Festival Director