The Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) celebrates a successful 19th year

Northwest Georgia-based film festival announces winners of international and domestic documentary, short and feature-length fiction programming awards

This year’s festival was an incredible success. We are so honored to have had a sold-out screening and an incredible selection of international films on our itinerary,”

— Seth Ingram, RIFF Executive/Co-Creative Director

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, November 18, 2022 / — The Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is delighted to announce a record-breaking 19th event which featured screenings of major films, including international features and shorts, filmmakers and Tier 1 talent , educational panels, talks, cocktail parties, after-parties and industry VIPs and celebrity appearances. The November 10 screening of “Her Name was Hester” was a sold-out event. In total, over 1,777 individual tickets were sold, 1,128 All Access pass holders, 16,000 people were reached through RIFF’s social media and the organization doubled its revenue through ticket sales and sponsorship .

The winners of the 19th Rome International Film Festival are:

Documentary feature film
Winner: “The UnRedacted” by Meg Smaker
Special Jury Prize: ‘Unspoken’ by Stéphanie Calabrese
Narrative feature
Winner: “Peace in the Valley” by Tyler Riggs
Special Jury Prize: “The Civil Dead” by Clay Tatum and Whitmer Thomas
Special Jury Prize: “Spirit Halloween: The Movie” by David Poag and Billie Bates

Narrative Shorts
Winner of the best short film: “The Bottom”, directed by James Kautz, Morgan Rauidhri O’ Sullivan and produced by Valentina Cimino
Best Sound Design and Integration of Original Musical Performance: “Daddy’s Eyes” directed by Drew Ann Rosenberg and John K. Anderson

Georgia student shorts
Winner: ‘Lighter’ by Jack N May
Special Jury Prizes: ‘Tacet’ by Michael Ingenito and ‘Warmth’ by Chandler Thornton
Georgia shorts
Winner: ‘Under The Sun’ by Trevor C. McGlynn and Lucas Hix
Special Jury Prizes: ‘Bad Dream’ by Colby Hollman and Camilo Diaz and ‘A Sparrow Cries At Night’ by Andrew J. Lee
After the black shorts
Winner: “In The Dead Of Light” by Daniel Hamby
Special Jury Prize: “Canal” by Will Rahilly

Episodic short film
Winner: ‘WOMANHOOD: The Series’ by Jessica McGaugh
Jury Prize: ‘Goombay Kids’ by LFD Productions
International short films
Winner: ‘The Molt’ by Willy Orr
Special Jury Prize: “All That Glitters” by Sophia Miles and Dan Bronzite
Category LatinX
Winner: “A Severe Case of Prudery” by Andrea Gallo, Adriana Vasquez and Humberly Gonzalez
Special Jury Prize: ‘The Son Rises’ by Alexander G. Seyum
Animated short films
Winner: ‘Pachyderme’ by Stéphanie Clément
Special Jury Prize: ‘Footprints In The Forest’ by Juhaidah Joemin, Sandra Khoo and James Phelan
Special Jury Prize: ‘Andy: A Dog’s Tale’ by Jamy Wheless
Documentary short films
Winner: “In the Rearview” by Megan Massa
Special Jury Prize: “Keepers of the Way” by Evan Cohen

“This year’s festival was an incredible success. We are so honored to have had a sold-out screening and incredible selection of international films on our itinerary,” said RIFF Executive/Co-Creative Director Seth Ingram. “We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our filmmakers, VIPs, guests, RIFF team and brand sponsors including Georgia Power.”

For more on the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF), November 10-13, please visit To schedule an interview with the RIFF team, contact Minah Thomas (717) 253-6433 or Amy Parrish (404) 310-6559.

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