The 11th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival is May 19th-21st, 2017

The Rainier Independent Film Festival is a gateway to an explorative cinematic journey, set in the transformative landscape of Mt. Rainier's forested community.


2017 winners were awarded a Mt Rainier benchmark medallion

The Films receiving top honors at the 2017 RIFF

Best Student Film:  The Tent Village dir. by Nilima Abrams
Best Short Documentary:  The Tables dir. by Jon Bunning
Best Feature Documentary:  Conquering the Cycle dir. by Josh Eisenfeld and Dan Finegold
Best Narrative Short:  Cocked and Locked dir. by May Elbaz Belschner
Best 1st Time Director:  The Dunning Man dir. by Michael Clayton
Rainier Llama Award:  Undue Burden dir. by Gina Pollack
Audience Favorite:  Heart, Baby dir. by Angela Shelton
Best Feature:  Halfway to Zen dir. by John Adams and Toby Poser

RIFF Annual Pool Tournament Results: Through means of questionable method, Andrea Edmondson and Gary Lundgren dethrone former 3 time champion, Win Whittaker.  


The opening night film for the 11th Annual RIFF is HALFWAY TO ZEN. This film, directed and produced by John Adams and Toby Poser, has been picking up awards on the festival circuit over the last few months. It is not surprising as this film making family has been putting out wonderful films that we at RIFF have had the honor to present in years past. So come out on Friday May 19th at 7pm to watch an incredible film, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and then the Opening Night Gala! What a way to kick-off the 11th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival!!!


RIFF is proud to announce that THE DUNNING MAN will be our closing night film! The writer and director, Michael Clayton, will be in attendance for the screening and the Q&A afterwords. Don't miss out on this tremendous film! It will be followed by the Award Ceremony and Gala... tons of fun!