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9th Annual Rainier Independent
Film Festival

The regular deadline ends January 15th. That is much closer than you think! Submit here.


The Films Receiving Top Honors at the 2014 RIFF:

Best Student Film "Sheltered Love", directed by Alex Italics
Best Animated Short Film"Yearbook", directed by Bernando Britton
Best Short Documentary"Wild New Brave", directed by Oakley Anderson-Moore
Best Documentary"Finding Hillywood", directed by Leah Warshawski
Best Short Narrative"Into the Dark", directed by Lukas Hassel
The Rainier Llama Award
as presented by Warren
"Sequoia", directed by Andy Landen
Best Feature Film "Sand Castles", directed by Clenét Verdi-Rose
Audience Favorite"A Bit of Bad Luck", directed by John Fuhrman
Best Cinematography "Yakona", directed by Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda

** Due to time limitations the winner of this years pool tournament is still TBD...


Today is Closing Night!

May 11, 2014
RIFF is excited to announce the Closing Night Film A BIT OF BAD LUCK, filmed in Morton, Ashford, Elbe and Seattle.

Limited tickets are available and can be purchased online only.

Brooks Caldwell, (Cary Elwes) an erudite and handsome lawyer, seems to have it all: wealth, social status and a red hot career. His success is, in reality, a product of his marriage to his beautiful, socialite wife, Amanda, (Terri Polo) a wealthy timber heiress. Unlike most, who would remain content to enjoy a life of luxury and privilege, Brooks continues to risk everything by having extramarital affairs. Brooks' philandering, in addition to humiliating Amanda, has driven her to the point of a mental breakdown. Having been pushed over the edge, Amanda orchestrates a just and elaborate plan to bring her husband down. When Brooks leaves for a weekend romp with his latest squeeze, (Agnes Bruckner) his life quickly descends into a bizarre, nightmarish, downward spiral.


Today is Opening Night!

May 9, 2014
The 8th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival is excited to announce the Opening Night Film CEMENT SUITCASE!

Franklin, the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley, hates his life. His girlfriend is cheating on him, and he doesn't even have the self-respect to tell her that he knows. When he meets the "other guy" - who turns out to be a terrific person - he decides it's time to let go of some baggage.


More of the line-up for 2014...

April 21, 2014

Wild New Brave
Wild New Brave

In the 1970s, teenage misfits take to the cliffs, live out of tents, and eat peanut butter for every meal. With 16mm archival footage and campfire interviews with John Bachar, Henry Barber, Lynn Hill and more, hear how the figures who revolutionized free-climbing created a Utopia of risk and innocence.

Green Acres

The Roar




Still Making Decisions...

April 16, 2014
We are delighted to invite "Tricky Bidness" and "Under the Same Sun" to the festival.

April 10, 2014
We are still in the decision making process and if you have not heard from us that is a good thing! We hope to have everything finalized by the end of next week. Thank you everyone for your submissions!


Here is the start of the line-up for 2014! Stay-tuned!

April 7, 2014

Sand Castles
Sand Castles

A gritty and intricate tale around the cornfields of small-town Indiana. Noah and his poverty-stricken family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.

We Are the Land

Cement Suitcase

Into the Dark

The Blinding Sea

High and Hallowed: Everest 1963

Wild New Brave

Sheltered Love

Finding Hillywood

Herd in Iceland

The Bath

Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery


Dec 23, 2013
Here is a quick statistic some of you may find interesting. Of the films submitted so far, the category submission percentages are:

Short Narrative 21.6%, Feature Narrative 16.6%, Short Documentary 15%, Feature Documentary 23.3%, Student Films 23.5%...

All the Best!
Win Whittaker, RIFF Festival Director


Sept 17, 2013
The 8th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival is May 9th, 10th and 11th 2014! We will be taking Earlybird submissions in just a matter of days! The submission fee is only $25 - that is incredibly low for a chance to be part of RIFF. Don't miss your chance. Many filmmakers in attendance last year stated "... RIFF is the coolest secret that will not be a secret much longer".

In addition to our regular wide range of films we will screen, we are also seeking films related to the topic of GMO's. This category will have submission fees waived. If you have a film you think may fit into this category please email for a submission fee waiver.

Stay tuned!


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