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;
~ 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;
2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open
NEXT MAIN FESTIVAL: AUGUST 4-9, 2015
This year's deadlines:
Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films Extended on WAB Through August 15th for our October Vortex Festival: Use the following deadline waiver code: 9HNKP8S
Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2015
The Rhode Island International Film Festival is
a founding partner of The International Film Festival
Submission System (BrigitFest) – on the Web at
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provides cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals
throughout the U.S. and in Europe with one master entry
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Withoutabox users enjoy the advantages of Extended Deadlines
and Online Press Kit submissions and filmmakers with
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their Entry Fees.
• Roving Eye Film Festival - April 12-19, 2015 and November 10, 11 & 15, 2015
• Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 12-13, 2015 and August 5-9, 2015
•KidsEye International Film Festival - August 4-8, 2015 and October 19, 20 & 24, 2015
•Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 19-25, 2015
Celebrating 100 Years of a Screen Legend
“ANTHONY QUINN: A 100 YEAR LEGACY” is a year-long focus by the Flickers: Rhode Isand International Film Festival (RIIFF) on the art, history and film of legendary actor, Anthony Quinn presented in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office and the Anthony Quinn Foundation. Running through November 2015, this special program will include free screenings of his films at libraries across the state with a curated monthly series; scholarly monographs; panel discussions with film and history scholars; special breakout screenings of signature films, a student essay contest (high school and college) on the legacy of this seminal artist and a video competition geared for area college students to recreate a scene from one of five films that will be showcased: La Strada, Lust for Life, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Guns of Navarone.
There have been a select few Latino actors who broke the barrier of language and stereotypes to make their way in the United States, paving the way for new generations of actors like Javier Bardem or Antonio Banderas. Perhaps the most notable was the magnificent Anthony Ruldolph Oaxaca Quinn, born on April 21, 1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico who became a Hispanic legend, managing to get from a humble beginning in Mexico to the most glittering reputation in Hollywood.
FLICKERS' NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY FRENCH FILM DISCOVERY PROGRAM with the Consulat Général de France à Boston
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 throughout this Spring.
For this second edition, 3 French short-films from 2014 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.
This year's dates:
April 13: University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Lowell, Mass
May 6, 7, 11: Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
...more to be announced.
2015 Programming at RIIFF
KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp - CAMP SOLD OUT!
Now in its 17th 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 17 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. This year, we introduce a new expanded staff and welcome back longterm KidsEye educators.
Please note that we limited the number of campers to 60 insuring the best possible experience and student to teacher ratio.
The Next Summer Filmaking Camp Dates: July 6-10, 2015 Our Location: Kingston, RI 2015 Cost: $395
Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island, the Harrington School of Communication and Media and the Rhode Island Film and Television Office for their ongoing support!
JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series
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 2014 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
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival
The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) runs August 4-9th at venues in Providence, Bristol, Jamestown, Westerly, East Greenwich, Newport, Woonsocket and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening over 260 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracts more than 5,400 entries from around the world. More than 240 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 2014, five 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.
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.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. for film screenings/premiere; 9:30 p.m. for Gala Soirée
Location: Providence Performing Arts Center, Weybosset Street, Providence
Cost: Opening Night Film Celebration - $15.00 for film screening only; and $50 for the screening and party;
Sponsors: Sony, Providence Tourism Council, RI Film & Television Office, RISCA, Decadent Catering
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.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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
KIDSEYE™ YOUTH FILMMAKER FESTIVAL
Since it began 17 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.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday, August 5-9, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Paaf Theatre, URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, 80
Washington Street, Providence, RI, other locations TBA
Cost: $8 Adults; $6 children with group discounts available
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!
To see the full program roster and guest speakers, coming
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Dates: Thursday, August 6, 2015 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Location: The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI Cost: $30 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
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 19th Annual FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly presents ScriptBiz 2015 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.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Friday, August 7, 2015 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Street, Providence, RI Cost: $85 Sponsors: Sony, Final Draft, RISCA, RI Film & Television Office
RIIFF 2015 CLOSING NIGHT BLOCK PARTY
EXPERIENCE CREATIVE PROVIDENCE & DARK LADY BLOCK PARTY
A special Festival collaboration linking artistic events that take place in the city of Providence on Saturday, August 8th 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 savor Waterfire, enjoy the sounds of AS220’s Foo Fest, take in the RISD Museum and to close the evening out at the Dark Lady, 124 Snow Street for the Festival’s annual Block Party where they can mingle with visiting filmmakers.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015 Time: 10:00 p.m. onward Location: The Dark Lady, 17 Snow Street, Providence, RI Cost: TBA Sponsors: The Dark Lady, The Dean
News for Filmmakers
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.