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William Smyth,

Erik Latek, Nickolas Palermo,

George T. Marshall,

J. Scott Oberacker &

Duncan Putney


2014 Graphic Design by

Michael J. Chevalier





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clockRIIFF /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;

~ the major portal of entry for filmmakers to discover the Ocean State as a center for film development and production;

~ 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;

~ a Flickers production.


See who are RIIFF's Festival Partners, click here

Please Note: Office hours are M-F 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment

• 2013 AWARD WINNERS • 2013 Horror Fest Winners • 2013 Screenplay Awards

• See Mike Braca's Festival 2013 Photos




2014 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

Next Edition: August 5-10, 2014

Deadlines: Regular: May 15, 2014; Late: June 1, 2014;

Extended Deadline: June 15, 2014

• Screenplay Entries Accepted Through July 15th, 2014

• GLBTQ Horror/Thriller Entries Accepted Through August 15th for the October Genre Festival. Please use the hard copy entry form below if you have missed the Withoutabox cut-off date.


Withoutabox logoThe 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.


• Click here for the downloadable entry formThe Fine Print (also found on Withoutabox.com)


• Click here for the Easy Payment Option for hard copy entries






Breaking News & Updates...



At this year's smash hit event on Sunday, March 2nd, the Red Carpet Experience: Providence, thrilled attendees at the sell-out event learned first-had who were the winners of 86th Academy Awards.


Two films with Rhode Island connections won the coveted Oscar®:


“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed (Documentary Short), won Best Documentary Short; which was screened at RIIFF.


Additionally, Rhode Island's own Jennifer Lee won for Best Animated Film, Disney's "Frozen." (The film also picked up a "Best Original Song" Oscar® for "Let It Go."


Our sincere congratulations to all the winners. What an evening and what memories!

2014 Programming at RIIFF


February 10-14 - November 17-21, 2014


The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival in collaboration with the French Consulate’s Cultural Service will be screening French short-films at different universities in the greater New England area from February 10 to 14, April 3 and 4 and Nopvember 17-21st.


For this first edition, 3 French short-films from the 2013 Festival have been selected. Shawn Quirk, Programming Director for FLICKERS will host a discussion after the screening.


The short-films selection include: Son Indochine de Bruno Collet; La Fugue de Jean-Bernard Marlin; and Toute ma vie de Pierre Ferrière.


Upcoming locations for the presentations:

• Le 10 février matin : University du Mass à BOSTON

• Le 11 février matin : Suffolk University

• Le 12 février matin : University du Mass à Lowell

• Le 13 après-midi : Harvard

• Le 14 après-midi : University of Rhode Island

• Le 03 avril après-midi : Dartmouth College

• Le 17-21 novembre après-midi: TBA in Maine


It was a really busy week as we participated in business expos in Newport, RI and New York City. The Newport Expo drew over a 1,000 participants and the GLBT Expo at the Javit's Center in New York drew over 30,000 folks. Both events were great successes and we introduced the 2014 Poster design by Michael Chevalier of Linchpin, receiving great feedback and support.



Joce Donaghue of the RIIFF Board and Shawn Quirk, Festival Program Director, at our booth at the Annual Newport County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.



Our team at the Javit's Center in Manhattan for the Annual GLBT Expo where we host the Video Lounge with our friends from the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org). Each year, the Festivals bring together a unique team of collaborators who help curate the Lounge, making for an entertaining and enlightening afternoon. From cutting edge new work, filmmaker interviews, live musical performances, fashion, comedy, dance and even a “You Be the Judge” program where you can select the films that will play at the Festivals, the Video Lounge has

become an entertainment mainstay of the Expo.



After the Expo, our team headed to lower Manhattan to the Cozy Dinner for a relaxing meal and a bit of R&R. Great sports all: Timothy Haggerty our Technical Director; Carol Conley (our food guide) from the RI Film and Television Office; Lawrence J. Andrade, Flickers Board; and Shawn Quirk our Program Director holding a dessert for his wife, Katie (who was good enough to let him come with us to play in the Big Apple.)


April 17th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

UNIQUE VIEWS: Films that Provoke

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2013 festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF last August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


The Bicycle (7 minutes) Directed by Adam Neustadter and Chris McCoy. An old abandoned bicycle learns to love again after numerous mishaps.


The Big Leap (15 min.) Directed by Kristoffer Rus. From Poland & Sweden. Three people meet at the top of a skyscraper with the same intention due to a major financial crisis. The three realize they each have a different conviction about the afterlife: a believer, an atheist and an uncertain agnostic. The only way to find out who’s right is to take the big leap. More info: www.bigleapmovie.com


deathDood van een Schaduw (Death of a Shadow) (20 min.) Directed by Tom Van Avermaet. From Belgium & France. A strange collector has imprisoned the shadow of Nathan, a soldier who died during World War I. When he is given the chance for a second life, it is his love of Sarah that guides him though what he finds will push him to a difficult decision with consequences attached. ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE. More info: www.deathofashadow.com


La Noche Anuncia la Aurora (Night Announces the Dawn) (23 min.) Directed by Gerard Uzcategui. From Venezuela. Grand prize Best Cinematography winner at the 2013 RIIFF. On the delta of the Catatumbo river a woman faces the death of her husband coexisting with her thoughts, her dreams, her fears, her desires, and her memories until she decides to seek the unknown. A visually stunning journey into another realm. More info: www.gerarduzcategui.com/aurora


Rescue (6 min.) Directed by Po Chou Chi. Animated. From USA & Taiwan. A group of scientist race against the clock as they undertake a special rescue mission.


Woody (10 min.) Directed by Stuart Bowen. From Australia. Stop motion animation. A wooden figure dreams of playing the piano but only has paddles for hands. More info: www.woodyshortfilm.com

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org


May 15th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Shorts With a Twist

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2013 festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF last August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


Dji. Death Fails (4 minutes) Directed by Dmitri Voloshin. From Moldova. Animated. Dji is an unlucky death messenger who encounters multiple obstacles when trying to take the soul of a dying man. More info: www.simpals.com


The Discontentment of Ed Telfair (18 min.) Directed by Daniel Campbell. Ed Telfair lives a mundane, simple life, dealing calmly with the insecurities of life until he decides to take matters into his own hands.


Dotty (11 min.) Directed by Mick Andrews. A 2013 RIIFF opening night selection and first place Best Comedy Short winner. From New Zealand. A stubborn old lady struggles to send a text message to her daughter, and is helped by kind younger woman. More info: www.woodyshortfilm.com


Green Acres (6 min.) Directed by James Beck. Animated. A parched tortoise wanders through a vast desert and arrives at an oasis that does not welcome trespassers. Somehow he must breach security to survive. More info: www.greenacres-themovie.com


La Hora Senalada (High Noon) (18 m.) Directed by Ivan Mazza. Two boys are taunted into a noontime fight by the chanting of their classmates. As the clock ticks closer to noon, young Figueroa’s fears increase as he grapples between fight or flight options.


Le Chevreuil (The Deer) (7 min.) Directed by Remi St-Michel. From Canada. A completely irresponsible brother is caught in a situation that will be difficult to get out of. More info: www.travellingdistribution.com


Look Up! (1 m.) Directed by Chad Strawderman. A super short comedic look at the dangers of our distractive new technologies. More info: www.strawderman.com


No Comment (4 min.) Directed by Alexandra Naoum. From France. A young woman has two different encounters in a Paris park and comes to a surprise revelation. More info: www.alexandranaoum.com/no-comment


Snack Attack (5 min.) Directed by Andrew Cadelago. From USA and Canada. An older woman waiting for the train to arrive is increasingly annoyed by a young punk who is helping himself to her package of cookies.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

May 17th

giveME5GIVE ME 5: RI Teen Film Festival

The Rhode Island Film and Television Office, in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Education Program, the Rhode Island Film and TV Office, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RI Film Collaborative, the RI Arts Learning Network, and the Harrington School of Communications and Media, announces the fourth annual "Give Me Five" youth film showcase on Saturday, May 17th, 2014.


The Call for Entries Application deadline is Monday, April 28th at 5:00 p.m. It can be downloaded by clicking here.


Teen filmmakers from around Rhode Island will showcase and discuss their 5-minute(or less) films, and receive feedback from a professional panel. Last year, featured films were selected from students at: Beacon Charter School (Woonsocket), Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick), Everett Company (Providence), LaSalle Academy (Providence), Metropolitan Career & Technical Center (Providence), Portsmouth High School, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (Providence), and Westerly High School.


This year's discussion panel will include Steven Feinberg (Director of the RI Film and Television Office in the Rhode Island Department of Administration); and others TBA

Location: Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence

Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


June 13-14th


FLICKERS: Providence LGBTQ Film Festival Preview

roleA celebration of the Best of LGBTQ Shorts; plus a sneak peak of a major new film

Films made by, for and about the LGBTQ community take the spotlight in a special celebration preview through a unique partnership among FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Equity Action and the Bell Street Chapel. The preview will feature cutting edge shorts and a sneak peak of a major new film. This year the LGBTQ festival during RIIFF in August is screening over 40 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, gay marriage to military policy. To read more about the event, click here...


Date: Friday -Saturday, June 13-14, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence, RI

Cost: $10 donation; $8 for RIIFF CinemaRI members. Tickets available at the door.

Contact 401-861-4445 for more information.

June 19th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Cultural Collection

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2013 festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF last August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

July 7-11th:

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

Now in its 16th Year!

KidsEye™ is a fun yet intensive five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-17 presented by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™. Over the course of the last 16 years, the camp has expanded, allowing children to learn more about what it takes to make a movie. We strive to incorporate as much hands-on learning as possible, therefore placing our focus primarily on production. KidsEye™ participants step into the roles of screenwriters, actors, directors and crew, and learn the importance of working as a team. To learn more, please click here.


Please note that we limited the number of campers to 45 insuring the best possible experience and student to teacher ratio.


Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island and the Harrington School of Communications for their ongoing support!


The Next Summer Filmmaking Camp Dates: July 7-11, 2014
Our Location: Kingston, RI
2014 Cost: $395


Eventbrite - KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp 2014 

August 5-10th:

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival

riiff2012The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) runs August 5-10th at venues in Providence, Bristol, Jamestown, Woonsocket and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening 200+ films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracts more than 5,300 entries from around the world. More than 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. In 2012, three of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations.


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.


To purchase advance Opening Night Tickets, click here

Post Festival Events...


August 23rd:

Celebrate H.P. Lovecraft's Birthday!

Special Walking Tour and film screening to celebrate

Celebrate Lovecraft’s birthday (August 20) with a walking tour that celebrates the author’s Providence stories: "The Thing on the Doorstep” and “The Call of Cthulhu." H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence in 1890. His detailed descriptions of his favorite city are amazingly accurate in 2013.

Join us on a walking tour which explores the College Hill neighborhood where Lovecraft drew literary inspiration and where he called home. Departs from the John Brown House Museum with post walk film screening. Space is limited, please RSVP.

Location: John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, RI

Time: The tour will take place: Saturday, August 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $18.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening

October 20-26th

Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival

Now in its 15th ghoulish year! This year's programming promises to be truly amazing with major premieres, forum, our annual HP Lovecraft Walking our and much much more. There will be something for everyone with our very expanded new programming that will take place across the state. It's four days of horror, murder, mayhem, music and the best independent film work that has been submitted to us from around the globe. Ground zero for this event will once again be the spookily historic Bell Street Chapel Theatre, with additional screenings taking place at the The Vets, Providence Public Library, the Paff Theatre at the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence, the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Roger Williams University in Bristol, and at the Jamestown Arts Center. Click here to learn more...


Saturday, October 25th:

Sunday, October 26th:

hplovecraftH.P. Lovecraft Literary Walking Tour

lovecraftOne of our most popular events returns: College Hill gets especially eerie around this time each year, when the Rhode Island Historical Society celebrates the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft. This would have been his 123rd year, and his macabre stories are no less chilling for their age: See the spots that inspired Lovecraft to write some of his most horrific tales. Walk the streets he walked, and check out places that he mentioned in works such as "The Call of Cthulhu." Ticket includes admission to film programming of the Horror Film Festival. The tour lasts 90 min.


This year, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting two tours during the Festival.

Location: John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, RI

Time: The tour will take place this year on two days: Saturday, October 25th at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, October 26th at 12:00 Noon.

Cost: $18.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening

News for Filmmakers

RIIFF continues its special filmmaker partnership with UniFrance


uniFranceWe 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.


For more information about UniFrance, click on the image above.

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