Welcome to the Rehoboth Beach
  Independent Film Festival.

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (RBIFF) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the State of Delaware. This year, 2017, celebrates the festival's 20th anniversary. The award winning RBIFF has developed into a mid-Atlantic fall destination event for film enthusiasts from more than fifteen states.

The 11 day event is held every November and offers a wide variety of American and international features and documentaries.

The Festival is presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization which also provides a broad scope of independent film screenings, mini-Festivals, and theme-oriented film series throughout the year. In March, 2016 the Film Society opened the Cinema Art Theater, a brand-new theater with 104 tiered and staggered seats and professional projection equipment.


When is the Festival?

The Festival runs from Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 12, with a Bonus day on Sunday, November 12.

When will the Festival program be available?

Starting October 3, Festival programs will be mailed to people who have purchased Festival Passes. The program will be available online at 5:00 pm, on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Starting the same day, the program will be placed at the Cinema Art Theater, libraries, coffee shops, and hotels throughout the Rehoboth Beach – Lewes area.

When can tickets be purchased?

Online ticket sales begin 12:01 am, Monday, October 16. In order to purchase tickets to Festival screenings you must have a Festival Pass, and the level of Pass determines when you may purchase tickets. See information about the six levels of Festival Passes here.

What are the Festival venues for this year?

This year, screenings will be held at:

  • Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Dr., Lewes
  • Cape Henlopen High School Theater, Kings Hwy, Lewes
  • Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, 30486 Lewes Georgetown Hwy (Route 9) Lewes, DE

    More venue information.

What else should I know?

The Guide to the Festival pages (click here) provide complete information on the Festival. The FAQ section (click here) also has helpful information. If you have unanswered questions, please call the Film Society office (302-645-9095).


20th Anniversary Brunch

Don't miss the 20th Anniversary Brunch at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, Sunday, November 12,
9:30 am. Limited seating. (click here)