In 2017 she starred alongside Jana Winternitz and Matthew Glave in the Michael Gallagher directed comedy film Funny Story.  filmed over fifteen days in Los Angeles, and on location at Topanga Canyon and Big Sur.  The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2018, where it was runner-up in the festival's 'Beyond' programme.  Speaking about casting the role, director Gallagher stated: "We needed an actress who could speak volumes without saying a word. The kind of actor whose heart shines through their eyes. Emily Bett Rickards has these qualities. " Rickards performance as Kim received particular praise from festival critics described as "impressively toe(ing) the line between blustery self-regard and the vulnerability it hides", "exploring a broad spectrum of emotions" and being able to "hone in on the inherent conflict within Kimberly".  The film went on to win the Stolman Audience Award for Best American Indie at the 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival and in the same year won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival, Best Feature Film at the Santorini Film Festival and the Grand Jury prize at the Barcelona Film Festival.  The film premiered in the UK in October 2018, at the Southampton International Film Festival, where Rickards was nominated in the Leading Actress in A Feature category.  The film premiered on a limited theatrical release on May 24, 2019 and became available for digital downward from the same date.