Submission Criteria


Submissions for the 2024 Three Rivers Film Festival are open!

The Three Rivers Film Festival (3RFF) is the oldest and largest film festival in the Pittsburgh region. Heading into its 43rd year, this prestigious fest includes American and international dramas, comedies, documentaries, and more. It features exceptional films accompanied by Q&As with cast and crew, well-attended screenings, awards, terrific after parties, and other networking events. Attending filmmakers also get a free pass for a filmmaking conference of workshops and discussions with industry pros presented at Pittsburgh Shorts, which immediately follows 3RFF.

Every year, The Three Rivers Film Festival brings together a diverse group of people from around the region to share the beauty and power of independent film.


Audience Awards are given for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature.


Three Rivers Film Festival is open to all independent filmmakers. Eligible films must adhere to the following criteria:

• Must be a Pittsburgh premiere (no prior public Pittsburgh screening)
• Must be a feature-length film with a run time in excess of 40 minutes
• Films must have been completed in 2022 or later
• Foreign language films must have English subtitles


Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate submission and fee. Please include the following as part of your submission:

• Film synopsis (50 word maximum)
• Country of Origin
• Languages spoken in the film
• Type of film (Live Action, Documentary, or Animation)
• Length of film
• Prior Festival Screenings and Broadcast History
• Honors and Awards
• Filmmaker contact information
• Director’s Bio (100 word maximum)
• Brief Personal Statement (100 word maximum)


Please submit online via FilmFreeway. Vimeo links strongly preferred.


Deadline: Entries are due by July 31, 2024.


Payments must be made via FilmFreeway at the time of submission.


Filmmakers will be notified of their selection status by October 18, 2024.


Selected films will need to be submitted as follows:

Preferred format: ProResHQ 422 QuickTime File

Also acceptable:
H264 QuickTime File (must be a maximum quality – 30mb/s or higher)
MP4 (must be a maximum quality MP4 – 30mb/s or higher)

  • 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • 24 Frames Per Second (23.98fps is also accepted)
  • 5.1 Audio (Stereo is also accepted)

The above-mentioned specs are preferred. If your project settings do not match, a master quality file of your project in its native framerate and resolution is acceptable.


Terms and Conditions

Film Pittsburgh is not responsible for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their submitted films. By submitting to this festival, the entrant certifies that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process. By submitting your film you give Film Pittsburgh the right to exhibit your film at the JFilm Festival. Entrants may be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their film is original and that he/she holds all rights. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the entrant. The undersigned assumes responsibility to ensure the submission payment information is complete and correct and agrees to reimburse Film Pittsburgh for any additional fees incurred by incorrect submission payments, submission disputes, and credit card chargebacks. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Film Pittsburgh for any and all fees, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving submission payment disputes, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the content submitted and/or screened. By entering the festival, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, entry constitutes permission to use winners’ name, likeness, and voice for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Void where prohibited.