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William Smyth,

Erik Latek, Nickolas Palermo,

George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, J. Scott Oberacker &

Duncan Putney


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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;

~ a qualifying event for the British Academy of Televsion and Film Arts (BAFTA);

~ the major portal of entry for filmmakers to discover the Ocean State as a center for film development, talent 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. - 4:00 p.m. and by appointment

Office Closed November 25-29th, 2015


2015 AWARD WINNERSDownload the Complete List

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• See Mike Braca's 2014 Festival Photos






2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open

This year's deadlines:

January 15, 2016, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2016, regular deadline; June 1, 2016, late deadline; June 15, 2016, final extended late deadline


Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2016


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 Hard Copy Entry FormThe Fine Print (also found on Withoutabox.com)


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

Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:


Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 9-14, 2016

Roving Eye Film Festival - April 10-17, 2016 and November 10, 11 & 15, 2015

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 10-11, 2016 and August 9-14, 2016

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 9-14, 2016 and October 17,18 & 23, 2016

Jamestown Art Center (JAC) "Third Thursday Best of Fest Screenings" - November - July

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 17-23, 2016

Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly

Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly

Spring 2016


The Flickerr' 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 throughout Spring 2016.


For this third edition, five French short-films from 2015 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.


Dates to be Announced in early 2016.

2015 Programming at RIIFF:



December 1st

RIIFF Giving Tuesday



What follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Giving Tuesday!


Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving, held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and after the widely recognized U.S. shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday follows these two commercialized shopping days as a means of encouraging individuals to give back by supporting charitable causes that could benefit from private support.


Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to be a part of this global day of giving and, as a result, helped bring about real change to their communities.


This year the Rhode Island International Film Festival joins the global Giving Tuesday movement.


We hope you are inspired to support the Festival and invite you to join us in making a positive impact on our 20th Anniversary by making a gift on December 1st - Giving Tuesday. If you are already a donor to RIIFF - Thank You! Your additional gift made on this day will show the world that our supporters rally behind the Festival to show they care. If you are not a current donor we invite you to use this opportunity to become part of a remarkable group of supporters who recognize the impact their gifts can have on the lives of the artists who work in the film arts.



#RIIFFGivingTuesday will aim to raise $2,000 from in one, 24-hour giving campaign on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015.


The overarching goal of this event will be to increase participation in the number of Flickers Arts Collaborative donors as well as the amount of funds raised to support the Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. The event will also help increase awareness of the organization, provide us with an opportunity to showcase to our alumni base of artists and friends, and underscore the importance of philanthropy for the arts.


Mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015 and follow us on social media by clicking below and liking us!

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December 17th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

HOLIDAY SHORTS: Heartwarming Shorts

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 2015 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF this past August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


The Beginning

Directed by: Melanie McGraw | 5 min. USA, 2015

After a surprise revelation on prom night, a father struggles to accept the secret his son has kept hidden for years.



Directed by: ANYA BEYERSDORF | 7 min. Australia, 2014

Roy decides karate is the answer to his bully problem, but his Dad can see that what his son needs right now is a champion Boxer.


The Gnomist

Directed by: Sharon Liese | 20 min. USA, 2014

When fairy homes mysteriously appear in a suburban forest, three women, driven by unquelled curiosity about the origin of this whimsy, find that believing in magic is the medicine they need to overcome their personal struggles and tragedies.


Mama Agatha

Directed by: Fadi Hindash | 16 min. Netherlands, 2015

Once a week, a group of migrant women in Amsterdam learn how to ride a bicycle. Inspiring them to let go of the fear and get behind the wheels is a Ghanaian community mother named Mama Agatha.


Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa

Directed by Konstantin Bronzit | 15 min. | Russian Federation, 2014.

Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.



Directed by: Jure Pavlovic| 13 min. Croatia / Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2015

Sarajevo, rush hour. EMIR (15), accompanied by a SOCIAL WORKER, is on his way to meet his father SAFET for a weekend picnic at Igman, a semi-open penitentiary. Due to the heavy traffic they are late..


He and She

Directed by Marco Gadge | 16 min. | Germany, 2015.

Thomas is on his way to a life that includes only himself and his girlfriend… but when she breaks up with him, the dream goes up in smoke. Then he meets Annemarie at a lonely rest stop. As he tells the quirky old woman about his failed relationship, he comes to realize that, whatever happens, however dark and horrible things seem, there are always reasons to jump into life with both feet.


The Train

Directed by Asher Grodman | 9 min. USA, 2015.

A meeting with a holocaust survivor (Eli Wallach, in his last performance) teaches a self-consumed and preoccupied young man that life can change in a moment. Inspired by a true story.


Warm Snow

Directed by Markus Kaatsch | 5 min. Isreal, 2014.'Warm snow' is an animation short about the relationship between a father and his grown up daughter. It starts out in an ordinary situation with the father and daughter sitting at the kitchen table.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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

Special Screening on Friday, December 18th

Le Jour le plus Court

leplusCourtFlickers' The Rhode Island International Film Festival in a special collaboration with the Alliance Francaise Providence will present “The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) on Friday, December 18th. Flickers will showcase the "Ciné-Francophone" program in Providence, Rhode Island. This will be the only presentation of Le Jour Le Plus Court in the United States. Friday's screening will feature a dynamic collection of short films from the French-speaking world.


“The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) will take place on the weekend of the Winter Solstice, a fitting time to celebrate the art of the short film, and promote its artistic merit worldwide.


The aim of the Jour le plus Court on 18, 19 and 20 December is to popularise the creation of the short form film, encourage its programming and bring together circulation initiatives. This major event, organised by the Agence du court métrage, completes the work it carries out year-round in support of short films.


The particularity of the Jour le plus Court comes from its national scope and the range and diversity of those involved in it around the country. Its success is rooted in the way in which cinemas, schools, media libraries, cultural and social associations are invested locally in the event, along with partners such as hospitals, prisons, retirement homes and specialised institutions.


"The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) is a global French film festival organized by the Department of Short Films, L’Agence du Court Métrage, a French organization dedicated to championing the art of the short film.


Location: TBA, Providence, Rhode Island

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $10, Tickets Available at the Door

Web: www.RIFilmFest.org • 401/861-4445 • info@film-festival.org

Coming in 2016:




January 14th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Comedy and Humor

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 2015 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF this past August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


De Smet

Directed by: Thomas Baerten and Wim Geudens | 15 min. Belgium, Netherlands, 2014

The brothers 'De Smet' created a system to live their lives as singles in the most comfortable way. When a new woman moves into their street, their synergy turns out to be a house of cards.



Directed by: Matthew Saville | 13 min. New Zealand, 2014

What if your reflection had a mind of it's own?


Dynamic Double Standard

Directed by: Luke Patton | 5 min. USA, 2015

Zoey's first night as a superhero is nearly ruined when she's given a sexy and impractical uniform.


The House is Innocent

Directed by: Nicholas Coles | 12 min. USA, 2015

Tom and Barbara's new home has a notorious past and it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash its macabre history.


How I Didn't Become A Piano Player

Directed by: Tommaso Pitta | 18 min. United Kingdom, 2014

Ted, 9 year old, is the clumsiest boy in the world. Desperately searching for his vocation, he cannot find anything he is good at. The breakthrough arrives the day his father comes home with an old monstrous piano. Ted has the revelation: he will become the next Mozart.


A King’s Betrayal

Directed by: David Bornstein | 8 min. USA, 2015

The tragic, final 24 hours in the life of a Pinata, as told from the Pinata's perspective.


Madam Black

Directed by: Ivan Barge | 11 min. New Zealand, 2015

When a glamour photographer runs over a child's pet, he's forced to fabricate a story about its disappearance.


Perfect Piggies

Directed by: Sandra Boynton | 3 min. USA, 2015

In Sandra Boynton's first-ever 3D animation, five harmonizing pigs sing a lively 'a cappella' swing song about their own perfect selves.


Setting Them Straight

Directed by: Kaleb McKenna | 6 min. Australia, 2015

Having been nurtured and accepted by his parents as a gay man, Joshua finds the courage to confess, that he's actually not.


Timmy II

Directed by: Imran J. Khan | 9 min. USA, 2014

Timmy II is a fast-paced absurd comedy about an American robot with a human heart who has an identity crisis. To avoid being discriminated against for being a robot, and to undermine his father who created him, he undergoes cosmetic surgery that results in him acquiring a human but middle eastern looking head. Then 911 happens. In order to flee discrimination in a post-911 world, he escapes to the middle east where he tries to finally fit in somewhere. He is eventually thrown into prison by a despotic dictator who suspects him of being a spy. Eventually he arrives home to reconcile with his father and accept his dual identity as part human and part robot.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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


February 18th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

To Beat of Your Own Drummer...

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 2015 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF this past August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!



Directed by: Alexis Van Stratum | 20 min. Belgium/France, 2014

Since her husband passed away, Albertine - a 81 year-old woman - decided to isolate herself from the world and disconnect from all social life, apparently waiting for death with haste. One evening, while the old lady tries with difficulty to change a light bulb in her living room, Ms. Lietard, the tattletale of the building, showed up at her place. Determined to give her a hand, this lead to the introduction of the neighbor in the apartment, Mr. Dumont, so, the intention is to let Albertine spends an unforgettable night.


The Alchemist’s Letter

Directed by: Carlos Andre Stevens | 5 min. USA/United Kingdom, 2015

A late alchemist exposes his estranged son to the truth surrounding his tumultuous life and the dark magic used to power a gold making machine.


The Answers

Directed by: Michael Goode | 8 min. USA, 2014

Immediately after his death, the victim of a car crash gets answers to every question he's ever had about his life, including the most import one of all - what did it all mean?



Directed by: Kai Stanicke | 3 min. Gemany, 2015

A tale of being different and growing up.


Moving On

Directed by: Marcia Fields and Mike Spear | 11 min. USA, 2014

Imagine being awakened in the morning by a knock on your door, and opening it to find two movers hired by your girlfriend with the dual purpose of breaking up with you, and moving you out of your home. In this modern world where technology too often replaces actual human interaction, the most personal moments in our lives are being delivered by the most impersonal methods. This short film takes a look at what would happen if even breakups were contracted out. And you thought getting dumped by text was embarrassing! MOVING ON is about what happens when you find you need to move on and move out at exactly the same time.


The Orchestra

Directed by: Mikey Hill | 15 min. Australia, 2015

Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life, communicating your emotions, fears and hopes. In this world lives elderly Vernon, a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral musicians to perform terribly out of tune.



Directed by: Michael Abbott Jr. | 15 min. USA, 2015

On the eve of her future sister-in-laws wedding, a woman returns to her husbands boyhood home. Tossing and turning next to him in his old twin size bed, they question love, marriage and why there are no all night drugs stores in Providence.


Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist

Directed by: Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman | 8 min. USA, 2014

When Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary she accidentally captures the attention of a homeland security agent in this satirical comedy about romance, terrorism and trying to be a better person.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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


Advance Planning for 2016

February 28, 2016


Celebrate the 88th Academy Awards in style at The Vets, Providence in Ultra High Definition

The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a signature event benefiting the Rhode Island International Film for the past 7 years. Guests feel like stars and experience the red carpet, live coverage by WLNE/ABC6, paparazzi, Producer's Circle and Dream Maker Award winners, champagne, gourmet food, specialty drinks, swag bags, silent auction, movie theater tickets and more. The evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. The elegant evening is chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq.


For more details on the 2016 Red Carpet Experience: Providence, click here


Eventbrite - 2016 Flickers' Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


Date: February 28, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. onward

Location: The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI


• $125 /$1000 for Table of 10

• $25 Viewing of Academy Awards on the large screen in Ultra High Definition.



New York's Original LGBT Expo from Flickers and the

RWU Film Production Collaborative on Vimeo.


March 12-13th

The Original LGBT Expo

The Original LGBT Expo Video Lounge produced annually by the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (http://www.film-festival.org) and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org) is a great way to be introduced to the art and artists who reflect the modern LGBTQ experience. 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, 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.


Stephen Flynn and James Stewart of Long Island and George T. Marshall of Rhode Island have shared a long history of friendship and collaboration. They have been able to draw in the exceptional talents of Ryan Janek Wolowski (MTV), Neal Bennington (Broadway Pride), Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz, making for two days of non-stop entertainment. Add to the mix the cinematic vision of emerging visual artists, and it becomes easy to understand the popularity of the Lounge for those attending the Expo.


This year RIIFF will be raffling a travel package to the City of Providence (lodging, meals and entertainment) courtesy of our friends at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Gift Certificates to business in the city of Newport, courtesy of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce; and RIIFF Opening Night VIP Passes good for August 9th! A full Festival Pass worth $450 will also be raffled.


The Video Lounge is a great place to network, discover new work, learn about the industry and ultimately support emerging new LGBTQ talent. Last year, the lounge was packed on both days during the Expo -- an event which draws over 30,000 attendees. Don’t miss it this year.


The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, W. 38th & 11th Avenue, NYC. Click here for a link to learn about the Expo.

• Download the Online Program Guide •


The 2015 Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2015 Schedule.org

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca


RIIFF's 2015 Opening Night
LGBTQ Film Festival Sidebar
2015 Finalist Judges



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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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