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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, 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. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment

2014 AWARD WINNERS • 2014 Horror Fest Winners • 2014 Screenplay Awards

• See Mike Braca's 2014 Festival Photos







2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open



This year's deadlines:

January 15, 2015, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2015, regular deadline; June 1, 2015, late deadline; June 15, 2015, final extended late deadline


Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2015


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


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 November 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

Upcoming Events...


roving eye

November 11, 14 & 16th:

RWU Film and Speaker Series on the Jewish Experience

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its Fall edition of the annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists, announces its 2014 sidebar program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and guest speakers.


For more information and the full programming schedule, click here

These events are free and open to the general public.



The Jewish Experience Today

Hosted by Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, RWU


Lunches With Mel | Directed by: Alex Beh | 6 min. | USA | 2014

By the time jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein came on the scene, jazz had been kicked to the curb of popular culture. So when legendary entertainment agent, Mel Howard offered to work with Aaron, the young violinist eagerly signed a long-term deal with the veteran agent. Unfortunately, Mel's golden touch has rusted with age.

Me Reencontrara's Dentro De Ti (You Will Find Me Within You) | Directed by: Eitan Pitigliani | 15 min. | Argentina, France, Italy | 2013

Pablo, an Argentinean, travels to Rome to find his grandfather, of whom he has only got a painting and a poem. During his stay in Rome he will discover his true origins.


No Love Lost | Directed by: Shekhar Bassi | 15 min. | United Kingdom | 2013

A Jewish boy, nurturing a secret romance with a Muslim girl despite the realities of their backgrounds, is unaware that he is being stalked. While the young lovers struggle to be open about their relationship, the stalker's obsession reveals a thought provoking turn culminating in the trio coming face to face. No Love Lost is an intriguing tale of love, obsession and unyielding prejudice.


SILENT | Directed by: Jaco Dukes | 9 min. | Chile, USA | 2013

During World War II, Josy was about to be executed by a Nazi soldier with a group of Jewish people, but he had the key for survival. Now, as an old man, he is tormented by the guilt of survival, and he must face his memory before leaving this world.


Do You Believe in Love? |Directed by: Dan Wasserman |50 min. | Israel | 2013

Even though Tova does not believe in love, she has had a remarkable success as a matchmaker. And so, people flock to her apartment where her husband, housekeeper, and daughter weigh in as she divines matches. Tova, who is paralyzed because of muscular dystrophy, specializes in finding matches for people with disabilities. Her tough-love approach leads to a unique matchmaking style, but her passion for the work and for her clients is undeniable. Funny, heartwarming and endlessly entertaining, this documentary follows Tova over the course of a year and introduces the viewer to her family, inviting us to join in on her pain, humor, love and an enormous lust for life.

Location: Global Heritage Hall, Room GH01

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission


IMMUTABLE MEMORIES: The Jewish Experience And The Holocaust

Feature Film Program with Guest Speaker


Complicit | Directed by: Michael Schwartz | 61 min. | USA | 2014

On September 24, 2012, at the direction of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary William Burns, issued the first ever apology to the surviving passengers of the Jewish refugee ship, SS St Louis.


The St. Louis left the Hamburg, Germany on May 13, 1939, bound for Havana, Cuba, and seeking refuge from Nazi tyranny. Upon arriving in Havana in late May 1939, the passengers were refused entry into Cuba. The captain of the luxury liner, Gustav Schroeder, turned northward and steered the vessel to within sight of the Miami coastline where he and the passengers formally pleaded with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the State Department to grant them safe harbor and freedom from the Nazi web of terror. The US refused and the ship was forced to return to Europe where many of the passengers perished in the Auschwitz death camp. The story became a symbol of America and Canada's indifference to the plight of the Jews suffering under Hitler. The documentary explores the political backstory of why Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull refused to grant safe harbor to the passengers thus giving them a death sentence when they returned to Europe. The documentary incorporates segments of the State Department ceremony including scenes from The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The film also includes archival footage of the ship's voyage as well as never before seen interviews with the surviving passengers of the SS St Louis and an exclusive interview with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat.


Featuring a discussion with Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, RWU, who has studied the Holocaust as part of her research on religious and refugee movements from 1939 to 1951. Currently, she is completing her study about the Unitarian Service Committee’s work in Europe as a refugee and rescue organization as war commences and later as one of many religious and secular relief organizations throughout Europe after the war. Its founders, the Rev. Waitstill Sharp and Martha Sharp, are only two of three Americans honored among Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews from the Nazi regime. Rev. Soukup holds an M.A. in human rights history from Boston College and is completing her Doctorate of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological School.

Location: Architecture 132

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission



Introduced by Dean Robert Eisinger, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Roger Williams University with the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain

Feature Film Program

Featuring a conversation with Frank Eisinger, one of the twelve émigrés whose experiences are profiled in the film.


Plus the 2014 RIIFF Grand Prize Award Winner:

Mein letztes Konzert (My Last Concert) | Directed by: Selcuk Zvi Cara | 15 min. | Germany | 2014

During this short film, the protagonist ponders, “my last concert in the town I was born. My last concert in the town where a part of me died. My last concert in the town where I am hoping to find my inner peace.”


1:00 p.m. Location: Location: GH 01 (Global Heritage Hall)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI


A Reception Sponsored by RWU Spiritual Life Office will take place during the intermission.

For more information and the full programming schedule, click here


Eventbrite - Roving Eye: The Jewish Experience Series 


The Fall Jewish Experience sidebar of the Roving Eye Festival are presented in partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation, the RWU Department of Communication the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Club, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.


RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.


From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.


Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. This event will take place in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Global Heritage Hall and the Marine and Natural Sciences Building.


• Click here for a downloadable map of the campus and available parking.


November 20th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: 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 2014 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!


A Global Village (8 min.) Directed by Ezra Millstein. Jeffrey DeChausse From USA & India.

A family in India and from the USA work together to build a new home and a cross cultural understanding results.


Families are Forever (20 min.) Directed by Vivian Kleiman.

Devote Mormon parents, living in a conservative community and campaigning for California’s Propostion 8 to prevent same sex marriage, come to realize their 13 year old son is gay. What happened next changed their lives forever. Their story will surprise you, give you hope and move you with the possibility of change. More info: www.familyacceptanceproject.org


La Grand Disilusion (10 min.) Directed by Pedro Gonzalez Kuhn. From Spain.

In September 2012 the Spanish government increased the culture tax from 8 to 21% which caused the closing of many theaters, an effect felt equally by those cinemas forced to convert to digital technology.


Life After Manson (25 min.) Directed by Olivia Klaus.

An intimate portrait of one of the world’s most infamous crimes and notorious killers. Forty-five years after the heinous murders, this exclusive interview with Patricia Krenwinkel reveals the unlikely relationship with Charles Manson that led her to cross every line of moral consciousness, resulting in the brutal acts she committed to win the approval of the man she loved. More info: www.lifeaftermanson.com


Crooked Candy (7 min.) Directed by Andrew Rodgers.

While Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs are hugely popular around the world, they are illegal in the United States due to a quirk in the FDA regulations. One fan of the eggs has smuggled them across the Canadian border for years despite being caught by the border patrol.


Showfolk (24 min.) Directed by Ned McNeilage.

For seven Hollywood golden era veterans with a combined age of 662, all of whom reside at the Motyion Picture and Television Fund home, the show goes on. From a Vaudeville comedian still working at 100 to the stunning siren who dated Reagan when he was a Democrat, these ladies and gentleman are Showfolk through and through, with indomitable spirit and entertaining memories.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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

December 4th

Soirée Française:



Celebrate the Holiday Season with Flickers and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.


Join us as we ring in the holidays in style. Raise a toast. Sample exquisite desserts. Mingle with friends. Share memories of the Festival. Discover some of the amazing new films that we'll be screening in 2015 and learn which of our films are on the Academy Shortlist.


Learn more, click here...

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $50.00 (includes a pass to next year's Festival!)


Flickers is a 501c3 non-profit organization • Tickets are tax deductible as allowed by law


Please bring your e-ticket with you for our raffle drawing of a full Festival pass


Eventbrite - RIIFF Holiday Gathering and Party 

December 18th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

SEASON SHORTS: Holiday Program

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 this past 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


21 décembre

Le jour le plus Court dans le monde

(The Shortest Day)

shortestDecember 21st is a symbolic day: the day of the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, celebrated by many civilizations as the day of renewal. It is the perfect day to celebrate short films, an important speciality of Flickers, which greatly contribute to the renewal of audiovisual creations.


Through extended collaborations with both The Alliance Française de Providence and The Consulat Général de France à Boston, Flickers is proud to bring The Shortest Day to venues across Rhode Island. In it’s third year of existence, The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court) is a global French film festival organized by the CNC, Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée (the National Center of Cinematography and Moving Image). This year, Flickers will showcase "The Shortest Day" program in the only 3 venues within the United States (all in Rhode Island) and one of three in North America! (See the Global list of participants) Flickers will be the only organization representing the United States on this special day of short film screenings across the Globe.


belge“We are very excited to be partnering with Flickers for the third edition of The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court). As part of the Consulate’s cultural mission, we actively promote all types of cinema and we place great importance in showcasing French short films to the greater public. While all too often under-estimated or overlooked, the short film is a vibrant and thriving format in the world of cinema today, and it deserves a great deal of recognition.” Eric Jasserman, chargé de mission artistique, Consulat Général de France à Boston."


Le Jour le plus Court is a chance to discover the great directors of today and tomorrow.

What Are the Goals of Le Jour le plus Court?


• Promote short films to the general public.
• Popularize showing these films on all screens and in all venues.
• Encourage amateur work and contribute to cultural democratization.
• Develop the essential role of networks and associations that work all year long to program and promote short films.


• To Visit the Official Website, click here


This year's locations & times:


All screenings are free and open to the general public!


• For the full news release and a list of the films being screened, click here


2015 Programming at RIIFF



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Flickers Hosts the Red Carpet Experience: Providence

Celebrate the 87th Academy Awards in style at The Vets, Providence

The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a signature event benefiting the Rhode Island International Film Festival (formerly Oscar Experience and Oscar Night America) for the past 6 years. Guests feel like stars and experience the red carpet, 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.


Our elegant evening is once again chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. See details for this year's event, click here...


The cost is $100 for tickets. Order now. Red Carpet Experience: Providence tickets make for a great gift and the Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a wonderful escape from the winter blues.


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


2015 Sponsors: Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RI Film and Television Office, WLNE TV6, WSNE, PMA Industries, Dominion Diagnostics, Amtrak, Cabot, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Decadent Catering, Quality Rental, The Vets, Woodchuck Hard Cider and Newport Storm/Thomas Tew Rum.


This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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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