CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE 24th ANNUAL
RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL • August 4-9,
2020 is Open
2020 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open
This year's deadlines
January 15, 2020, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2020, regular deadline; June 1, 2020, late deadline; June 15, 2020, final extended late deadline
Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2020
THIS YEAR WE HAVE TWO PLATFORMS WHERE YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR WORK:
The Rhode Island International Film Festival prefers paperless entries. Our two partner entry portals for 2020 provide cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals
throughout the U.S. and in Europe with one master entry
form, allowing you to enter your film more quickly
and with greater accuracy. Online entry users enjoy the advantages of Extended Deadlines
and Online Press Kit submissions.
There are no category restrictions. Each work is juried
solely on its own merits. The Festival seeks any combination
of inventive, incisive, bold, vital and otherwise provocative
work of any style or genre.
All entries must have been completed after January 2018.
1. Entries for adjudication must be submitted on a DVD (though online screeners through Withoutabox are allowed.)
2. Formats accepted for exhibition: Digital H264 Media
3. Films must be presented in their original language
with English language subtitles. Please let us also know you sound mix. Most of our venues work best with a Left/Right mix.
4. Each entry must be accompanied by 1 Entry Form and
1 Payment Form
5. Each entry must be on a separate DVD (or online screener if using Withoutabox).
Complete and sign the entry form and enclose it with
a labeled DVD. Please include also a plot synopsis,
cast and crew list, director's biography and entry fee(s).
If you would like your DVD entry copy returned, please
include a stamped, insured return package with your
• Entry Fee (Non Refundable)
• NO FEE WAIVERS WILL BE GRANTED; PLEASE DO NOT
• $50 per all entries regardless of length.
• Entry fees are made payable to "Flickers"
by check, money order or credit card.
• Fees from outside the USA must be paid by certified
check in US dollars or credit card.
• No cash accepted.
• Films submitted after the official deadline
of May 15th should add a $10 late fee.
Film Length Definition
Feature films: 41 minutes or longer. Short films: 40
minutes or less, per Academy rules.
Submission of a work confirms that Flickers' Rhode Island
International Film Festival has permission to exhibit
it during the Festival and any Festival Tours or Best
of Fest Showcases (which we will notify you about as
a courtesy and ask permission.) Submission of a work
implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts
and reproduce stills for exhibition promotion.
Every precaution will be exercised in handling entries,
but neither the Festival organizers, employees, sponsors,
nor participating organizations can assume responsibility
for damage to or loss of materials submitted. All films
submitted to play at RIIFF will be previewed prior to
exhibition with a log kept of their condition. Filmmakers
will be notified if a film arrives damaged.
Very Important: Festival entries must be postmarked
by January 15, 2020 for the early bird deadline, May 15, 2020 for the regular deadline; the late deadline
is June 1, 2020. The FINAL deadline
is June 15, 2020. If your film is accepted,
the Film/video prints are due no later than
July 15, 2020 to the RIIFF offices. Please
note this date as it is very important.
Shipping Festival Copies
Digital media should be marked "For Festival
Screening Only." Shipment should be prepaid by
the sender. To obtain a notification of receipt, please
include with your mailing a self-addressed, stamped
postcard. Do not send via registered or certified mail.
All entries are initially reviewed by pre-screening
officials. In June, the jury will consider the pre-screeners'
semi-finalists and any other entries submitted to the
Festival they may wish to see (even those not passed
on by the pre-screeners.) Following the jurors' decisions,
a list of Finalists will be determined by the first
week in July 2020. Acceptance of films to be invited
and shown at RIIFF by the Festival Director or Program
Director via e-mail.
Return Shipping Information:
RIIFF is now digital. No return shipping will be involved.
If your film is invited to screen at RIIFF, please submit
whichever of the following materials you have immediately
upon notification of acceptance to better aid in Festival
publicity of your work: Digital sets of B&W & color stills; an EPK;
digital video clip as an MOV. You-tube or Vimeo file. PLEASE DO NOT SHIP THIS MATERIAL
PRIOR TO ACCEPTANCE.
Travel and Hospitality
It is RIIFF's intention to provide to create a worry-free
environment where people can conduct business and view
work with ease. Our staff will be happy to provide for
you a list of local hotels and B&B's upon request.
We will also provide each attending filmmaker with an
hospitality package which will include maps, passes,
special offers at restaurants, entertainment complexes
Competition and Awards
A panel of jurists comprised of filmmakers and professionals
in the varied fields of cinema will award cash prizes
and trophies in the following:
• Best Feature
• Best Short - Live Action
• Best Short Animation
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Score
• Best Editing
• Best Children’s
• Best Student Film
Award - high school and college divisions
• Best Documentary Feature
• Best Cinematography
• Viola M. Marshall
Audience Choice Awards
Please note that only films that enter officially with
a paid application and signed authorization
form will be eligible for juried awards. Only films that pay submission fees will
be eligible for the Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice
Important Additional Information
Given the growth of the Festival in recent years and
the additional programming that has developed, you can
now designate on this application form if you want your
film entered into the Flickers' VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival (October
2020). This event takes place outside the dates for RIIFF. Make sure you check off the form which festival
you would like to enter. It is possible that you could
even have your film accepted and played at more than
one film festival event.
The Fine Print
We ask you to read the fine print when you decide to enter our Festival. This centers on your ownership of the work you submit and having all necesassary copyright clearances. Additionally, we request the right to promote your work within the Festival and need your authorization. Please click on this link for the PDF.
This form should be included with your application if you are submitting a hard copy entry.
We strongly encourage filmmakers who submit to RIIFF not to screen their work in our region prior to the August event. What is our region? Rhode Island and southern New England (that's nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut). Essentially, we are talking a drive radius that extends to New Bedford, MA and New London, CT. Boston and the Cape are not an issue since we partner with many of the Festivals in that region and cross-promote. (We are very close friends with the Woods Hole Film Festival, for example, and work together on programming that reflects our respective audiences.)
Unless we have communicated with you directly about your given circumstance (and we do ask you to contact us), the odds for acceptance into the Festival decrease if you screen in Rhode Island before RIIFF takes place compared to a film that has not screened, particularly if the scores from our judges are similar and we have limited slots for programming. Usually, the film will be accepted into one of our other year-round programs that allow for breathing space between screenings so that our promotions and marketing of the film are not undercut.
If the film is tied to a school (such as RISD, URI, Brown, RWU, RIC, PC, Wheaton, Salve, etc.), student screenings are not usually open to the general public, so the rule does not apply. We strongly support student work and yearly sponsor student programs at the regional colleges and award prizes, including a screening at RIIFF.
If there might be a conflict, talk with us or write us.
Questions & Information
about the Festival, contact the:
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival™
PO Box 162
Newport, RI 02840 USA
Street Address: 36 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Office: The Vets, 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903
401/861-4445 . fax: 401/490-6735