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9th Annual Rainier Independent
Film Festival

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.


So you have finally completed your film. It's your baby, the love of your life and/or your house (because of the loan you took to finish the editing). Now it is time to show it to the world. To let people see the beauty of your craft, showing your creativity using the big screen as a canvas, with the hi-fi sound system adding the accents to your well placed brush strokes. Except.....the big screen is 13 inches- that's diagonal. The regular screen is an I-Pad......and heaven that a phone?!?!? Are you using EARBUDS to listen to the 5.1 Surround Sound that cost me five house payments?!?!?

We understand that uploading your film is a very convenient way to get it seen. But are you willing to trade awesome presentation for convenience? We discourage online screeners, but do accept them as only the last resort, as our screening panel prefers to utilize large screens for judging purposes. The other issue is the internet connection up here at Mount Rainier ......sloooowww. As filmmakers we believe your film should be reviewed in the best possible manner- which is not with tiny tinny speakers on a laptop.

All the Best,
Win Whittaker, RIFF Festival Director


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