Rome International Film Festival Announces 2017 Opening & Closing Night Films


One of our favorite events of the year is a little over a month away, and they’ve just announced their Opening and Closing night presentations!

The 2017 Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) will be taking place November 9-12, 2017 in Rome, Georgia, and to kick-off the fest, RIFF will showcase feature length documentary Mankiller as the Opening Night Presentation on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Rome’s historic DeSoto Theatre. From Director/Producer Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Naturally Native) and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, The Walking Dead), Mankiller explores the legacy of the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller. The Opening Night film presentation and after-party is presented in partnership with the Chieftains Museum and Georgia Humanities Council and sponsored by Layer 3 Communications. A performance from Tommy Wildcat will precede the screening.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM, RIFF will conclude its 2017 festivities with Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story. Directed by Phillip Baribeau, Charged examines the life and recovery of chef Eduardo Garcia after he was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. Charged had its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and has since won several awards, including an Audience Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

Opening & Closing Night tickets and Festival Passes are now on sale at All-Access Passes and Film & Workshop Passes grant admission throughout the entire festival but individual day passes may also be purchased.

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 14 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.

Additional programming announcements are forthcoming! For more information about the Rome International Film Festival, visit!


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