PARTICIPATE IN THE 25th ANNUAL
RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL • August 9-15, 2021
Discovering the New Voices of Independent Film
2021 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open
This year's deadlines
January 15, 2021, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2021, regular deadline; June 1, 2021, late deadline; June 15, 2021, final extended late deadline
Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2021
The Rhode Island International Film Festival prefers paperless entries. Our 2021 partner entry portal provides 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.
WHY SHOULD YOU ENTER RIIFF:
Flickers' Rhode Island International
(RIIFF) for independent film and video, is calling for entries
to its 25th Annual Festival. The Festival will
take place August 9-15, 2021 in the capital city, Providence
and throughout scenic Rhode Island.
Of special note, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® elected to recognize the Rhode Island International
Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short LIve Action, Animation Short and Documentary Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards. RIIFF was also notified in August 2015 that it is now a BAFTA-qualifying event and in 2016 that it is a qualifying event for the Canadian Screen Awards. With more
than 7,000 film festivals worldwide, only 10 have this
For those interested in the Academy Awards®, we suggest you check out the rules page at the web site for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an Sciences®.
Here is how a short film is defined under Rule Nineteen:
1. A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.
2. This excludes from consideration such works as:
1. previews and advertising films
2. sequences from feature-length films such as credit sequences
3. unaired episodes of established TV series
4. unsold TV series pilots
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival accepts work of any type (dramatic,
documentary, experimental, animation), on any subject
matter, and in any genre. The Festival is accepting shorts
as well as feature-lengthfilms and videos. Films and
videos must have been produced after January 2019. Filmmakers may enter their films
either in competition or out of competition. Films in
competition will be judged by a jury of distinguished
industry professionals, peers and film fans. Whether
in or out of competition, all films will be eligible
for Audience Fest Favorites awards (The Viola M. Marshall
Festival offers an artistic exchange as well as opportunities
for the global creative community that are not available
in the established entertainment industry. It is designed
to foster contact among film directors, producers, distributors,
backers and audiences.The Festival's goal is to recognize
achievement and innovation in a variety of filmmaking
and storytelling disciplines while providing an opportunity
to secure wider distribution.
Due to its unique geographic location and cultural-heritage
linkages, one of the chief aims of the Festival is the
encouragement of an artistic exchange between filmmakers
from the New England region and the Canadian provinces. The Canadian sidebar goes back to the first year of RIIFF and has long played a significant role in programming.
The presence of Brown University,
Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Rhode
Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Bryant University, Johnson & Wales University, Roger Williams University and
other institutions of higher education, and Rhode Island's
proximity to New York and Boston, give the Festival
a film-literate audience, and provide an ideal forum
for filmmakers to show their work in a high-visibility
The Rhode Island International Film Festival represents
an ideal opportunity to test-market new product in an
area with demographics that represent a microcosm of
the filmgoing public: a unique mix of cultural, ethnic
and educational backgrounds exist in a relatively concentrated
The Rhode Island International
Film Festival, now in its 25th year, is created and
produced by the Flickers, The Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative.
Michael Drywa, Esq. is the Festival Advisory Board President.
FESTIVAL FACTS AT A GLANCE:
Due to the health restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the 24th Annual Flickers' Rhode Island
International Film Festival was a hybrid event. The Festival took place August 4-9, 2020 online at at regional Drive-In theatres. A total of
263 films were screened from an entry base of over 6,417 entries with 83 World Premieres and United States/North American Premieres. The Festival received over 44,000 views on its online platforms and sold-out crowds at its Drive-In screenings.
Flickers began life in 1982 as "The Newport Film
Society." Its first film screenings officially
took place in January 1983 at the historic Van Alen
Casino Theatre in Newport, RI During its first five
years exhibiting film, Flickers screened more than 475
titles, of which many were state and regional premieres.
Encouraging the celebration of film as an important
part of our culture, the Society sponsored specialized
film series, lectures and forums. For example: Cheslaw
Kyanka, founder of the Polish Solidarity Union, spoke
at a society screening of "Man of Iron;" Newport's
first International Film Festival took place through
Flickers in 1983; and the Society presented the first
RI Japanese Film Festival in 1984.
The structure for the 2021 Festival will include multiple
screenings of both film and video over a six-day period.
It will continue with an online component along with in-person regional screenings depending on directives from the Rhode Island Department of Health and the RI Governor's Office. Filmmakers will be available for discussion and commentary
at an Opening Night Gala Reception, Awards Brunch,
Filmmaker Lounge, Closing Night Gala, The Rhode Island Film Forum, A Conversation with..,
master classes and colloquia. The Festival activities
actually begin in early July with a five day kids filmmaking
summer camp (now in year 15) called KidsEye™ for
ages 8-17; then continues in early August with our Youth Film Jury Program, ScriptBiz™ a screenplay pitch forum which includes the reading of our Grand Prize screenplay winner. The Festival introduced its First Technology Forum in 2009, which will return in 2021.
If you have problems accessing any of this information please call, write,
Flickers' Rhode Island International
P.O. Box 162
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 (United States)
Street Mailing Address: 36 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445 / 490-6735
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