Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival


Festival On-line Ticket Sales. Click here. Festival Program Available.
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The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (RBIFF) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the State of Delaware. Now in its 22nd year, the award winning RBIFF has developed into a mid-Atlantic fall destination event for film enthusiasts from more than fifteen states. The eleven day event is held every November and offers a wide variety of American and international feature, documentary and short films. Due to scheduling however, the 2019 Festival begins October 31. 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. Please check back as more information becomes available.

Click here to see the 2018 Audience Award Winners.

This Year’s Festival

ELEVEN DAYS OF FILMS:  See the film schedule in the Program when it becomes available.


  1. Cinema Art Theater
    17701 Dartmouth Dr, #2 Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes, DE
  2. Cape Henlopen High School Theater
    1250 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE
  3. Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware
    30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE  19958


In order to purchase tickets to Festival screenings, you must have a Festival Pass (except for Rush Ticket Sales.)
Click here to purchase a Festival Pass.

Order tickets for screenings online (click here)  and know immediately if your order is filled. Both pre-Festival sales and sales during the Festival will be processed online. Festival Pass level determines when online ticketing is available to the Pass holder. Online sales begin at 12:01 am on the opening date.

















Pre-Festival: Film Society Office
107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE

During the Festival: Cinema Art Theater
17701 Dartmouth Dr., #2 Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes, DE
(behind Wawa)




The Program (click here) contains film descriptions, screening times, locations, events, and all the additional information you need.

People who have purchased a Festival Pass before Sept. 30 (except for Mini Pass buyers) will receive a Festival program, their Festival Pass, and ticket ordering instructions by US Mail in early October.

For Festival Passes purchased after Sept. 30 (except for Mini Pass buyers), a Festival program, Festival Pass, and ticket ordering instructions will be mailed as processed. Beginning in mid-October, the program is posted on the website and distributed to the public at various local businesses.

Please patronize Festival sponsors and advertisers. Their ads provide useful information about restaurants, lodging, shopping, and services in the area.



In order to purchase tickets to Festival screenings, you must have a Festival Pass. (See Festival Passes here.  Note Rush Passes at the end of the page.)

Advance Notice: Online membership processing will not be available from noon on Oct 29 until 9:00 am on Mon, Nov 11. During that period you can join or renew your membership at the Cinema Art Theater during Box Office hours.

A Festival Pass may only be used by the person named on the Pass. Festival Pass holders may buy one ticket per film title. There are six levels of Festival Passes, each with a different set of benefits. The Festival Pass level determines when you may buy tickets. See Ticket Purchase Eligibility chart above.  The Mini Pass option is available for those making a short visit.

Film Society membership is optional, but members receive a discount on the price of the Festival Pass and on film tickets. Both Membership and Festival Pass costs are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 



Festival Pass holders may purchase one ticket per film title throughout the Festival. Tickets may not be purchased for screenings that overlap.

Allow at least 20 minutes between the end of a film and the start of the next for travel and parking. Online ticketing will not permit tighter scheduling. Late arrivals pose a safety hazard in a dark theater and interrupt others.

You may find that the film you enjoy most is one you didn’t originally intend to see. Take advantage of this opportunity
to see films outside your comfort zone! Sell-outs that occur during pre-Festival ticket sales are listed on the RBFS website. Throughout pre-Festival ticket sales and during the Festival, sold-out screenings will not be available for purchase on the online ticket order form.




Festival Pass holder ticket: $10
Member Festival Pass holder ticket: $9
(for the member only)
Rush ticket: $15 exact change, cash only

 Please print your tickets for admission to screenings before coming to the screening. 


Online Ticket Sales. All tickets will be sold online.

Online sales become available at 12:01 am on the opening date. Assistance will be provided at the RBFS office, Mon–Fri (Oct 14–Oct 25 and Oct 28–30) from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Combined Ticket Ordering. Any two Festival Pass holders may submit a single combined order, however both Pass holders must be eligible to purchase tickets at the time the order is placed.

Oct 14 – 25 for Director and Producer Passes
Director and Producer Pass holders may buy tickets for the entire Festival. One ticket per film title. Only one order may be submitted during pre-Festival sales.

Oct  28 – Oct 30 for Screenwriter Passes
Screenwriter Pass holders may buy tickets for the entire Festival. One ticket per film title. Only one order may be submitted during pre-Festival sales.

Film Buff and Student Passes
Student and Film Buff Pass holders purchase tickets on the day of the screening. One ticket per film title. BONUS: Advance ticket purchasing on Fri, Nov 1 for Fri-Sat-Sun films (Nov 1-3) and on Fri, Nov 8 for Fri-Sat films (Nov 8-10).


Tickets to all screenings will be sold online for eligible Pass holders. Assistance will be available at the Cinema Art Theater (CAT) Box Office for anyone needing help with online ordering. Online ticket sales close 20 minutes before each screening.


Mini Pass holders purchase tickets on the day of the screening, online or at the CAT Box Office. The Mini Pass is good for four films, valid for screenings any day(s) of the Festival, one ticket per film title.

Box Office Hours during the Festival

Change your mind?
In the Box Office only, you may swap tickets for a $1 fee (per ticket) up to one hour before the start time on the ticket being turned in.



Correct Venue? Check printed film tickets for location of each screening.

Parking. Free parking is available at all locations. Please observe handicap parking and no parking zones. Cars parked in non-defined spaces may be towed by the venue management at the car owner’s expense.

Festival Pass Required. A Festival Pass must be shown with the printed film ticket for admission to each screening (except for the Rush Tickets).

RUSH TICKET SALES. At all screenings that are not sold out, 10 minutes before the start of the film, any unsold seat can be purchased for $15 with exact change, cash only. A Festival Pass is not required to purchase Rush Tickets.

Lining up. Lines form about 30 minutes before the film starts.

Priority Admission. As a benefit to the Director level Festival Pass and some sponsorships, priority admission badge holders may enter the theater early and save one seat.

Saving seats. One seat only may be saved.

Leaving the theater. At the end of each screening, everyone is required to exit with all of their possessions, including trash.

Audience Award Winners. All audience members are encouraged to rate every film they see. Ballots are distributed on the way into each screening. Deposit your ballot as you exit. Winners will be posted online at after the festival.




Become a Film Society Member. Join the Rehoboth Beach Film Society by registering online, by mail, in person at the Film Society office, or at the Cinema Art Theater during the Festival. (Click here)

Payment options. Only cash, Visa, or MasterCard are accepted as payment for tickets, membership, Festival Passes, and merchandise. Cash payment only for Rush Ticket Sales.

No smoking. All venues are smoke-free.

Merchandise. Inventory is limited, so buy your Festival souvenirs early at the Cinema Art Theater Box Office. Quality gifts are available at reasonable prices.

Pets are not permitted at any venues. A PAT-certified service dog with proof of certification may accompany its owner.

Lost & Found is at each location during the Festival, and at the RBFS office thereafter.

Cameras. No cameras or other recording devices may be used during film screenings. Please turn off all electronic devices (cell phones, beepers, etc.).

Venue temperatures. Temperatures in the theaters may fluctuate. Dressing in layers is helpful with varying temperatures at each venue.

Recycling. Help us make this a Go Green Festival by disposing of recyclables in the appropriate recycling containers where available.

Trash Removal. Please take your trash as you exit a theater and deposit in a trash receptacle.



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Located on Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean coast in a vibrant resort town, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society promotes cinematic arts and provides education and cultural enrichment.