About the Festival

Rhodope International Documentary Film Fest (RIFE) revives one of the most emblematic international film events for young filmmakers in socialist Bulgaria held in the beautiful mountain town of Smolyan during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.

The idea for RIFE came as an answer to the need of documentary filmmakers to exhibit their films and to have a place where they can improve their abilities, learn more in their areas of interest, and hear the opinion of high-profile international film professionals.

RIFE’ssecond edition will take place in Smolyan, Bulgaria from 7 to 12 July 2022.

The festival is open for film submissions. Feature, medium and short films completed between 01.01.2020 and 01.03.2022 are eligible for participation in the festival’s competition programmes.

Deadline: 01.03.2022 (tax free)