2012 Spotlight on Rhode Island
International competition features scripts set in Rhode Island and will showcase those stories to the film industry
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FINALISTS!
Competition Finalists Announced
(November 25, 2011) Congratulations to our four finalists! From here, the scripts will be sent to our industry judges Michael Corrente, Steven Feinberg, Anne Mulhall and Michael Corso, who will evaluate the scripts based on the quality of the writing, the use of Rhode Island as a character in the story and its potential marketability.
We had so many great Rhode Island stories submitted to the competition that it was not easy winnowing the field down to four finalists. All finalists will receive a swag bag of Rhode Island favorites.
The winning script will receive five free pitches to Hollywood studios and producers on VirtualPitchfest.com and a copy of Final Draft 8 screenwriting software. In addition, RI Film & Television Office Executive Director Steven Feinberg will issue a press release to Hollywood announcing the winning script.
The Four Finalists are:
THE ASHES OF ALBION
by Peter D. Spameni (Smithfield, RI) GRAND PRIZE WINNER
THE GARDEN GATE
by Amy Kalif & Jennifer Eaton (Wakefield, RI)
by Kevin Faria (Bristol, RI) & Duncan Putney (Providence, RI)
by David Eliet (Pawtucket, RI)
The Rhode Island Film & Television Office and FLICKERS wishes to thank all those who entered scripts into this first year of the Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition. We will continue to help create opportunities for the creative spark that feeds the film industry.
Stephen Feinberg, Executive Director
RI Film & Television Office
George T.Marshall, Executive Director
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OCTOBER 31, 2011: The RI Film & TV Office and FLICKERS are pleased to announce eleven semi-finalists in the Spotlight on RI Screenplay Competition:
THE ASHES OF ALBION by Peter D. Spameni
THE BIG GAME by Timothy E. Sheridan
THE CALLING by Michael W. Morse
THE DEPRIVED by William J. Mattos
THE FINAL FAREWELL by Jeanpaul Ferro
THE GARDEN GATE by Amy Kalif & Jennifer Eaton
OLD HOSS by Kevin Faria & Duncan Putney
SEEDS OF NATIONS by Michael Ward
SEFARED IN AMERICA by David L. Saffen
THE SILVER DOLLAR by Jean Kelly
ULTRA LIGHT by David Eliet
The field will now be narrowed down to four or five finalists whose work will be submitted for review by our industry judges.
"We congratulation our semi-finalists and wish to thank all those who entered scripts this first year of the Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition", said Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & TV Office. "We are delighted at the response and saw many excellent ideas and concepts. We encourage all writers to continue honing their craft, and we look forward to seeing new and re-worked scripts next year from our very talented pool of RI screenwriters."
IMPORTANT: The winner will be announced in a Rhode Island Film Office press release. They will be presented with a certificate by Film Office Director Steven Feinberg at a RI Film Office press conference. The winner will also be promoted to the film & television industry by the Rhode Island Film Office and FLICKERS, as well as receiving an all-access RIIFF pass for 2012 including ScriptBiz Screenwriters Workshop, and a prize bag filled with Rhode Island favorites.
THE FLICKERSí BACKSTORY & MISSION:
The mission of the Flickers, the Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative - now in its 30th year - has been to serve as a creative partner in the arts by uniting various media and arts disciplines that nurture the artistic process and support a vital part of our community. This includes multi-disciplinary art presentations; artistic and cultural activities; performance festivals; video and television productions; audio recordings and broadcasts; educational outreach programs; and the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).
ABOUT RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 65 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.
The next Festival will take place August 7-12, 2012.