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Courtesy of Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

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, 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 • 2013 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...


August 23rd:

loveCelebrate H.P. Lovecraft's Birthday!

Special Walking Tour and Readathon

Commemorate 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 2014.


Join our friends at the RI Historical Society for 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 "Readathon" at the Providence Public Library. Space is limited, please RSVP.

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

To RSVP, contact 401-273-7507 x362 or bbarnes@rihs.org.

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

Cost: $10.00 for the Walking Tour. Separate admission for the Lovecraft Readathon at the Providence Public Library. For more information about that element of the celebration, click here.


September 1 - October 15th:

2014 Online New England Film Festival

RIIFF is once again pleased to be a partner Festival in the 2014 Online New England Film Festival. The Festival will be live from September 1 through October 15, 2014. This year, 28 filmmakers will have their work online that you can screen and judge and 9 festivals are involved as partners. Look for an incredible range of styles and genres. To see this year's award-winning films, click here.

Partner Festivals:

Boston Environmental Film Festival

Boston International Film Festival

Boston Student Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival

Green Mountain Film Festival

Kah Bang Film Festival

Maine International Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival

Providence Children's Film Festival

Provincetown Film Festival

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival

Vermont International Film Festival

Women Action & the Media

Woods Hole Film Festival


• Download the online Program Guide to the Festival •


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...


Friday, October 24th


From script to screen, Rhode Island has become the Independent state for film. Starting with the foundation provided by the film and media programs at our colleges and universities, and the unique talent base of creative artists who have made their homes here, the Ocean State has built a reputation as a one-stop film studio. Among such notable filmmakers as Woody Allen, Wes Anderson and the Farrelly Brothers, who have made their films within our state, the independent horror genre is steadily becoming an industry standard for RI’s film community.


“Behind the Camera Lens,” will showcase Steven Feinberg (“Fortress,” “Peter York,” “Pell Grants: A Passion for Education,) Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, the man behind the state’s high profile within the industry, and filmmaking professionals who have successfully made careers within the industry. Panelists TBA. Serving as hosts for the forum will be Shawn Quirk, Programming Director at RIIFF and Nick Palermo, President of RWU Film Production Club. This is a free event.


This program is presented by the RWU Film Production Club and is a free event. Please be sure to register in advance as seating is limited.

Location: Roger Williams Univertsity

Mary Tefft Cultural Center, University Library

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free • Tickets available at the door • Please register in advance by clicking the link below.

Support for the Forum has been provided by the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Club, and the RWU Department of Student Programs and Leadership.


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.


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


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.


Eventbrite - H. P. Lovecraft Walking Tour & Film Screening 

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



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...


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.

• Download the Online Program Guide •


The 2014 Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2014 Festival Genius Guide

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