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Newport, RI 02840 USA

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36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



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2005 Fact Sheet


With over 21,145 participants, (10% more than the 2004), historic downtown Providence was invaded August 9-14 for the ninth Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. 204 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 about RIIFF:

• 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.

• 1: RIIFF is the only Film Festival in the USA with an affiliation with and nomination capability for the Grammy Awards.

• 21,145: Record number of participants during the entire festival run.

• 2.8 million: number of hits on the RIIFF website with a daily average of 7,621

• 9: Number of sell-outs; including 3 sell-outs for the World Premiere of Cherry Arnold’s documentary “Buddy.”

• 282: Record number of films screened over the six-day course of the festival.

• 1,224: Number of room nights for the Festival.

• 202: Number of filmmakers and celebrities registered at the Festival.

• 1: RIIFF HUMANITARIAN AWARD to actor, Danny Trejo.

• 1: CRYSTAL IMAGE AWARD to actor/director, Michael Showalter.

• 1: CREATIVE VISION AWARD to German director, Rosa von Praunheim.

• 1: RIIFF is the only Film Festival in the United States with a Grammy Award affiliation providing nominations for best score and best composer.

• 2: Oscar nominations and one win for 2005 films that had their premieres at RIIFF: “The Last Farm” from Iceland; and “The Son and the Moon” from USA (which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short).

• 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, Cranston, and Bristol.

• 221: Number of screenplay applications.

• 1,547: Number of Films entered in competition to the Festival.

• 45: Number of World Premieres presented during the Festival.

• 38: Number of United States Premieres presented during the Festival.

• 14: Number of countries represented by attending filmmakers: India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, France, Israel and Canada.

• 122: Staff and volunteers working on the Festival.

• 65: Number of countries represented in competition at the Festival.

• 34: Number of states represented in competition at the Festival.

• 32: Number of educational programs and special events presented by RIIFF: KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp; KidsEye™ International Film Festival; ScriptBiz™; 22nd Annual “Black Ships” Japanese Film Festival; Rhode Island Horror Film Festival; RIIFF’s Annual Screenplay Competition; Wordplay™ Screenplay Reading; Opening and Closing Night Galas; Between Takes™ Afternoon Industry Forums; Closing Awards Ceremonies; Cinema Cafe; Annual RIIFF’s Sponsor’s Reception; Creative Impulse Awards; 5 Filmmaker Mixer and Receptions; Human Rights Watch Film Festival; Waterfire VIP Reception; RIIFF’s Silent Film Series, RIIFF Best of Festival Series; Cinema Rhode Island screenings; Friends of the Columbus Theatre Events; A Conversation with Michael Showalter; RIIFF/Flickers Internship Program; First Look Series; You Be the Judge Nights; Rhode Island Film & Media Arts Alliance; Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival (introduction); and the Jubilé Franco-Américain.

• 27: 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 New England Student Film Festival Showcase.

• 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.



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