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Providence, RI 02903 USA
tel: 401/861-4445
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PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

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36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



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Flickers' Japanese Film Festival

2017 Marks the 34th Annual Screening of this popular sidebar





In 1984, a dedicated group of civic and community leaders were drawn together to help create an event that celebrated the arts, culture and Rhode Island’s historical friendship with Japan. One of the founding members of this group was Flickers—The Newport Film Society, which participated by creating, curating and presenting the Japanese Film Festival. Now, 34 years later and as many years of screening this festival, Flickers has evolved into the Flickers Arts Collaborative and produces the Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) which is now celebrating its 21st year.

This year, Flickers is proud announce the presentation of a fully-developed sidebar of Japanese films during the main Festival which runs August 8-13th. Along with a number of US Premieres, this mini-festival within the festival will feature award-winning shorts, cutting-edge anime, and several feature-length films. The Flickers' Japanese Film Festival will be programmed by a newly formed committee of community leaders and artists.

“We feel that this is a wonderful way for the general public to discover how Japanese cinema has influenced so many of the world’s leading filmmakers and artists,” said RIIFF Executive Director, George T. Marshall, founder of both Flickers and RIIFF.

“We began screening Japanese films in 1984 as part of the original programming for Flickers,” added Marshall. “Thanks to the worldwide reputation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, we have access to major new work that is submitted.


"This year alone, we expect over 6,000 entries, with many coming from filmmakers in Japan. RIIFF is the only New England Film Festival that is a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, (aka, the Oscars) in three categories, and that has had a major influence in the quality and volume of the work we receive."


More details will be announced in July.

The special film program being presented this year by RIIFF will take place at locations in the capital city of Providence and throughout Rhode Island.


For more information about this program, please contact:


George T. Marshall, Executive Director

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

P.O. Box 162
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 (United States)

Office: The Vets, 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445 / 490-6735