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83 Park Street, Suite 5

Providence, RI 02903 USA
tel: 401/861-4445
401/490-6735 (f)


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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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Program to feature the work of Communications and Film Studies Students from New England Colleges and Universities


filmScreening Venue:

Columbus Theatre Arts Center
270 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903
815 seats downstairs; 200 seats upstairs,

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The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is pleased to announce its fifth annual New England Student Film Festival (NESFF). The New England Student Film Festival is a competition-based event geared strictly towards the filmmaking work of students in Communications and Film Studies in New England Colleges and Universities. It is screened as part of the annual RIIFF, August 4-9th, and includes screenings, classes and forums. A special screening of adjudicated work included in the NE Student Film Festival will take place at the Columbus Theatre Arts Center in Providence, RI on Saturday, August 8th, 2009. Showtime is at 10:00 a.m. General Admission is $10; students and seniors with a valid ID will be given a reduced rate and group discounts are always available.


This year, a special focus will showcase within the sidebar Festival the works of students from the University of Rhode Island (Visualizations), Roger Williams University (Planet Forward) and Wheaton College.


According to Michael Drywa, Esq., Board President of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, “We are very excited to continue this exceptional sidebar to our Festival. Given the number of students in the region who major in Communications and Film Studies, our goal is to provide a solid platform that honors and encourages their work, while promoting networking and professional growth.


“The collaboration with the Columbus Theatre Arts Center insures that filmmakers will have an exceptional screening of their work in an exciting and dynamic location.”


Cited as one of the “Best International Film Festivals in the United States,” by Chris Gore of Film Threat, the Rhode Island International Film Festival is the largest film festival in New England screening a record 175 films. The Rhode Island International Film Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers, distributors, backer, and the film-going community. Providence Mayor David M. Cicilline, and US Congressman James Langevin serve as honorary chairs to this year’s event.


The Rhode Island International Film Festival is supported in part by the City of Providence, the Providence Tourism Council, the Providence Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, Clear Channel Communications, Sony, HB Communications, Verizon Wireless, WJAR TV 10, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Amtrak, URI's College of Arts and Sciences, URI's Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and the URI Film Media Program and contributions from members and community supporters.


The Rhode Island International Film Festival is produced by the Flickers Arts Collaborative- an organization with 27 years of experience presenting major artistic events and independent and foreign films to the public.



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