RIIFF /rif/ - acronym for Rhode Island International Film Festival ~ a 6-day event beginning the second week in August; always starting on a Tuesday at various locations throughout the State of Rhode Island with premiere works in the capital city of Providence;
~ the largest public film festival in New England and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences qualifying event in three categories;
~ a qualifying event for the British Academy of Televsion and Film Arts (BAFTA);
~ a qualifying event for the Canadian Screen Awards;
~ the major portal of entry for filmmakers to discover the Ocean State as a center for film development, talent and production;
~ the producers of the weekly PBS television showcase, "doubleFEATURE;"
~ a unique platform for the creative and cultural discovery of new cinematic talent, both at home, nationally and globally;
~ synonymous with sophisticated, savvy, discerning and film-loving audiences;
2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Closed
Next year's deadlines will be announced August 19, 2017
The Rhode Island International Film Festival is
a founding partner of The International Film Festival
Submission System (BrigitFest) – on the Web at
Withoutabox.com and prefers paperless entries. Withoutabox
provides cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals
throughout the U.S. and in Europe with one master entry
form, allowing you and us to enter your film more quickly
and with greater accuracy. This method is free and easy.
Withoutabox users enjoy the advantages of Extended Deadlines
and Online Press Kit submissions and filmmakers with
an upgraded project on Withoutabox receive $5.00 off
their Entry Fees.
Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:
• Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 8-13, 2017 (21st Year)
• Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April 2017 (1st Year)
•Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (23rd Year)
•New England University French Discovery Program (4th Year)
•LGBT Expo Film Showcase - September yearly (18th Year)
•Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (6th Year)
• Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 17-23, 2017 and November 7, 8 & 12, 2017 (13th Year)
• Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 9-10, 2017 and August 8-13, 2017 (19th Year)
•KidsEye International Film Festival - August 8-13, 2017 and October 16-22, 2017 (19th Year)
• Second Stage Theatre "Third Thursday Best of Fest Screenings" - November - May (1st Year)
• Jewish Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (6th Year)
•Islamic Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (1st Year)
•RIIFF Encore Film Series - Monthly (17th Year)
•Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 16-22, 2017 (18th Year)
•Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (2nd Year)
•Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (5th Year)
21st Annual Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) runs August 8-13th at venues in Providence, East Greenwich, Newport, Woonsocket and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening 265 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracts more than 6,200 film entries from around the world. Over 200 filmmakers are expected to descend on the state’s capital city this year. RIIFF is a magnet for those who’ve made short films because it is a qualifying event for the short film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is noted for its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences which have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.
FLICKERS' RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION & SOIREE
Discover an unforgettably memorable selection of short films from around the world and New England that await audiences at the gala opening night of the 19th Annual Flickers. This year’s selection promises to engage, entertain and possibly discover the next Academy Award nominee. As part of it’s long tradition, Flickers will celebrate the “Art of the Short Film” representing an array of genres that salute RIIFF’s unique status: out of more than 7,000 film festivals world wide, the Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of only 19 qualifying Festivals with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the Oscars––in the narrative and documentary short categories. It is the lone Festival in New England with that distinction.
Time: 7:00 p.m. for film screenings/premiere; 9:30 p.m. for Gala Soirée
Location: Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), Weybosset Street, Providence
Cost: Opening Night Film Celebration - $15.00 for film screening only; and $50 for the screening and party;
Sponsors:This year's Opening Night Sponsors include the RI Film & Television Office, WLNE TV6, CW28, Cox Media, Amtrak, WSBE RI PBS, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, The Providence Tourism Council, The City of Providence, The Dean Hotel, Hotel Providence, Narragansett Beer, Empire Soda, Swissnet, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
KIDSEYE™ YOUTH FILMMAKER FESTIVAL
Since it began 19 years ago, KidsEye™, created by Flickers' Rhode Island
International Film Festival (RIIFF) has celebrated the most exceptional work of
young video makers by showcasing their projects. Rhode Island’s premiere
showcase of cinematic work focused on young people has become a popular
festival-within-a festival, featuring guest speakers, discussions, dance parties,
concerts, and a "Youth Open Screen." Those attending KidsEye™ will be able to
meet youth video makers and their mentors; see a diverse collection of youthproduced
media. On Saturday, be sure to join us for the premiere work of the
students from our annual KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp on Saturday, August 13th, 10:00 a.m. at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium, Providence
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday, August 9-13, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium, N. Main Street, Providence.
Cost: $5 Adults/children with group discounts available
PROVIDENCE LOCATION WALKING TOUR
Discover why Providence is truly a Hollywood backlot, learn about its history, and
find out about some of our state's most notable and colorful characters. The goal
for the tour is to provide filmmakers with an “insider’s” view of the downcity and
riverwalk area with an eye toward what would be interesting/unanticipated
places for filming. Limited spaces are available, so book early.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: The tour starts at The Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Providence, RI
Sponsors: RI Historical Society and the RI Film & Television Office
THE RHODE ISLAND FILM FORUM
Here’s your chance to become involved with Rhode Island and New England’s “Stars” of
the film industry. The popular one-day forum brings together leaders of the film
community with decision-makers in education, marketing, politics and media in the
region. This year’s Forum will also address what's new on the technical side of the business
and how you fit in!
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Dates: Thursday, August 10, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Location: The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI Cost: $40 Sponsors: The RI Film & Television Office, RISCA, Sony, Amtrak, The Providence Biltmore, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, the URI Film Media Program and the Harrington School of Communication at URI.
Got a great idea for a movie script, but don’t know where to begin? Or have youfinished that masterpiece, but no clue what to do next? The 21st Annual Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly presents ScriptBiz 2017 Uploaded a one day workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of being a scriptwriter. The program is broken down into two parts: introductory and advanced. The Flickers’ ScriptBiz Program is designed to guide writers not only through the creative process of writing, but ways to promote a screenplay to filmmakers through effective networking with tips on how to make a compelling pitch.
Limited spaces are available, so book early.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Street, Providence, RI Cost: $90 Sponsors: Sony, Final Draft, RISCA, RI Film & Television Office
RIIFF 2017 CLOSING NIGHT BLOCK PARTIES
EXPERIENCE CREATIVE PROVIDENCE AT THE THE CLUB EGO BLOCK PARTY
A special Festival collaboration linking artistic events that take place in the city of Providence on Saturday, August 13th as a way to introduce not just Festival audiences, but visiting filmmakers, to the rich culture and arts programming of the capital city. Audiences are encouraged not only to take in premiere film work, but to enjoy the sounds of AS220’s Foo Fest, take in the RISD Museum and to close the evening out at our partner, Club Ego for the Festival’s annual Block Party where they can mingle with visiting filmmakers.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 Time: 10:00 p.m. onward Location: Club Ego, Richmond Street, Providence, RI Cost: Free Event Sponsors: Club Ego
FLICKERS' NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY FRENCH FILM DISCOVERY PROGRAM with the Consulat Général de France à Boston
The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) in collaboration with the French Consulate’s Cultural Service will be screening French short-films at different universities in the greater New England area throughout Spring and Fall 2017.
For this third edition, five French short-films from 2016 Festival have been selected. Shawn Quirk, Program Director for FLICKERS, working with Magali Boutiot, Mission culturelle et universitaire aux Etats-Unis, and Thierry Gustave, University of Massachusetts Boston, will travel to each of the host locations and lead a discussion after the screening. This program of immersion mixes film, language and arts providing a greater understanding of French culture.
Museum of Work and Culture RIIFF Encore Film Series
NEW DATES AND NEW LOCATION
This popular series returns this Fall at the Musuem of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, RI. The 2017-2018 Series wiil run from September through May on the Third Thursday of each month.
The RIIFF Encore Series is aspecial monthly program from the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the previous Festival. Rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF!
RIIFF continues its special filmmaker partnership with UniFrance
We are very pleased to report that the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival will continue to partner with UniFrance. French films submitted will be offered a special reduced rate through UniFrance. This unique collaboration was created to show our support for international filmmakers, while providing a portal for discovery and exhibition in the United States.