2004 Fact Sheet
With over 19,223 participants,
(12% more than the 2003), historic downtown Providence
was invaded August 10-15 for the eighth Annual Rhode
Island International Film Festival. 236 filmmakers,
cast and crew from around the world came to exhibit
their films, meet with distributors and compete for
the Festival’s top prizes. The Festival is accredited
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as
a qualifier for Oscar in the Best Short (Live Action)
category. Sony Corporation sponsorship provided an Opening
Night World Premiere screening with the latest High
Definition projection technology. The Festival was cited
by Chris Gore in “The Ultimate Film Festival Survival
Guide, 3rd edition (2004), as one of the Best
International and Short Festivals in the United
States and "One of the most exciting new festivals
to come along, Rhode Island International Film Festival
aggressively supports its filmmakers."
Some of the interesting facts and statistics compiled
• The Festival is
accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Award
for Best Short (Live Action). Only 47 festivals out
of over 1,950 worldwide share this honor. RIIFF is the
only AA affiliated Festival in New England.
• 19,223: Record number of participants during
the entire festival run.
• 8: Number of sell-outs.
• 273: Record number of films screened over the
six-day course of the festival.
• 1: Number of Emmy award nominations received
for RIIFF Trailer and PSA.
• 1,404: Number of room nights for the Festival.
• 236: Number of filmmakers and celebrities registered
at the Festival.
• 1: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
to actor, Kim Chan.
• 1: CRYSTAL IMAGE AWARD to actor/director,
• 1: RIIFF is the only Film Festival in the United
States with a Grammy Award affiliation; providing nominations
for best score and best composer.
• 5: RIIFF is the only festival in the United
States that is a truly statewide festival with film
screenings in five communities: Providence, Westerly,
Kingston, Newport, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket.
• 187: Number of screenplay applications.
• 1,328: Number of Films entered in competition
to the Festival.
• 38: Number of World Premieres presented during
• 25: Number of United States Premieres presented
during the Festival.
• 15: Number of countries represented by attending
filmmakers: India, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Spain,
Italy, Germany, China, England, The Netherlands, Ireland,
Argentina, France, Israel and Canada.
• 118: Staff and volunteers working on the Festival.
• 60: Number of countries represented in competition
at the Festival.
• 34: Number of states represented in competition
at the Festival.
• 30: Number of educational programs and special
events presented by RIIFF: KidsEyeTM Summer Filmmaking
Camp; KidsEyeTM International Film Festival; ScriptBiz™;
RIIFF Japanese Film Festival; Rhode Island Horror Film
Festival; Take 1-2-3: Filmmaking with the Pros; RIIFF’s
Annual Screenplay Competition; Wordplay™ Screenplay
Reading; Open and Closing Night Galas; Between Takes™
Morning Forums; Closing Awards Ceremonies; Borders Festival
Preview and Bookfair; Cinema Cafe; Annual Master Class
Director’s Dinner; Annual RIIFF’s Sponsor’s
Reception; Creative Impulse Awards; Filmmaker Mixer
and Receptions; Human Rights Watch Film Festival; Picture
Start; RIIFF’s Silent Film Series, RIIFF Best
of Festival; Cinema Rhode Island screenings; Friends
of the Columbus Theatre Events; A Conversation with
Andrew McCarthy; RIIFF/Flickers Internship Program;
You Be the Judge Nights; Rhode Island Film & Media
Arts Alliance; DOCU-Fest; and the Jubilé Franco-Américain.
• 22: Number of venues throughout Rhode Island
where films were screened and festival events took place.
• 10: Number of special niche sidebars and programs:
Providence Jewish Film Festival; Providence (Homegrown)
Film Festival; Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival;
Women in Cinema; New Director’s Showcase; Cutting
Edge Cinema; Providence World Film Festival; From the
North Country —Canadian Showcase; KidsEye™
International Film Festival, and the Student Filmmakers
• Sony Corporation provided an Opening Night World
Premiere screening with the latest High Definition projection
technology along with use of HD 24 fps camera equipment
for the master class on production.