Now in its Twelfth Year, the Rhode
Island International Film Festival™
(RIIFF) will take place August 5-10, 2008. Ranked as
a one of the Top 12 Film Festivals in the United
States, this world-class event will be held
at venues around Providence. It features screenings,
filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet industry events
and seminars. Aiming to promote Rhode Island as a filmmaking
location and to celebrate the independent filmmaking
spirit, RIIFF also hosts a number of high-profile premières
and provides a showcase for international features,
documentaries, and shorts.
Founded in 1997, the Rhode Island International Film
Festival has quickly carved out a name for itself. It
accepts films of any type, in any genre and will screen this year
289 international productions. Rhode Island native
Bobby Farrelly was so impressed with the festival's
debut that he held the world premiere of his next film
- There's Something About Mary - at the 1998 event.
The festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities
for "artistic interaction and exchange among independent
filmmakers, directors, producers, distributors, backers
and the film-going community". It is a safe haven
for all independent filmmakers - a place where they
can hide from all the overblown CGI effects
and high concept reinterpretations of classic films.
This year, RIIFF will screen amazing new work selected from over 3,000 film submissions. 100% of the RIIFF schedule is created from these
film submissions; and not culled from other festivals.
This makes for a truly dynamic event where regional
audiences discover new work and new filmmakers whose
work often overlooked.
We are very excited to once again be screening work by our long-time friend, Bill Smyth. Bill is the brains and talent behind the RIIFF trailers. A multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Bill has also seen three Emmy nominations for RIIFF trailers and two wins.
Bill is a Creative Services Editor for WCVB-TV in Boston.
This year's commercial was written by RIIFF Board member, Duncan Putney.