Founded in 2003, the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is northwest Georgia’s signature film festival event. Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s "top 20 festivals worth the submission fee," RIFF is proud to have shared independent films from dozens of countries across the globe with thousands of film fans and filmmakers from near and far over the last 13 years. Rome’s historic DeSoto Theatre serves as the central venue for the festival. Built in 1927, the DeSoto was the first cinema in the Southeastern United States to screen sound films. 

Previous guests include Mary Badham ("To Kill a Mockingbird"), Valentine de Vargas ("Hatari," "A Touch of Evil"), John Hancock ("Bang the Drum Slowly," "Prancer"), Hillard Elkins ("Alice’s Restaurant," "Richard Pryor: Live on Sunset Strip") and many more.