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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 in three categories;

~ 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

 

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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.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

• 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 (20th Year)

Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (22nd Year)

New England University French Discovery Program (3rd Year)

LGBT Expo Film Showcase - March yearly (17th Year)

Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (5th Year)

Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 10-17, 2016 and November 10, 11 & 15, 2015 (11th Year)

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 10-11, 2016 and August 9-14, 2016 (18th Year)

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

Jamestown Art Center (JAC) "Third Thursday Best of Fest Screenings" - November - July (6th Year)

Jewish Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (6th Year)

Islamic Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (1st Year)

RIIFF Encore Film Series - Monthly (17th Year)

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 17-23, 2016 (17th Year)

Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (2nd Year)

Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (5th Year)


Spring & Fall 2016

FCBFLICKERS' NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY FRENCH FILM DISCOVERY PROGRAM with the Consulat Général de France à Boston

The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) 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 and Fall 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.


THIS YEAR AT RIIFF:

 

pvd fest

June 2-5th

PVD Fest 2016

This year's PVD Fest (formerly the Providence International Arts Festival) will bring World-Class Arts Experiences To Residents & Visitors, June 2-5th, 2016 Providence, RI

Building off of Providence’s international recognition as a creative city, this signature event will be a jaw-dropping celebration featuring world-class arts, sculpture, music, food and spectacle in the heart of the city’s downtown.

 

“This festival will be a way to connect the world-class talent we have here in Providence with artists and performers from around the world,” said Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza, “We are excited to welcome visitors to the City to explore all that we have to offer and look forward to partnering with so many great organizations and artists.”

 

PVD Fest 2016 will literally transform the city with international artists in visual art, sculpture, music, public art, civic dialogue, educational workshops, community play, spectacle and parade. The Festival will be centralized around program hubs that unify the downtown into an arts corridor – PVD City Hall, FirstWorks on the Plaza, Public Art Transformations, Empire Street Gateway, and the Washington Street Corridor.

 

More to be announced....

 

June 10-11th

SECRET CINEMA

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, the& The Vets. 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 50 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, gay marriage to military policy.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Friday -Saturday, June 10-11, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Locations: The Vets, 6th Floor Ballroom, 83 Park Street, Providence, RI

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

Contact 401-861-4445 for more information.

June 16th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

The 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 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 WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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

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July 11-15th:

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

Now in its 18th 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 18 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. To learn more or book a camper, please click here.

 

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 11-15, 2016
Our Location: Kingston, RI
2016 Cost: $395 

 

Eventbrite - KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp 2016 

 

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!

 

July 21st

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

RIIFF 20th Anniversary Preview

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 WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

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


20th Annual Flickers'

Rhode Island International Film Festival

August 9-14th:

riiff2012The 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 265 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracts more than 5,700 film entries from around the world. Over 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 2015, nine 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.

 

August 9th

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.

 

For more information about the evening and to see the list of films screening, click here

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m. for film screenings/premiere; 9:30 p.m. for Gala Soirée

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

Cost: Opening Night Film Celebration - $15.00 for film screening only; and $50 for the screening and party;

Sponsors:This year's Opening Night Sponsors include the RI Film & Television Office, Lexus Short Films, Panavision, WLNE TV6, CW28, Cox Media, PMA Industries, Amtrak, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Linchpin, The Providence Tourism Council, The City of Providence, The Dean Hotel, Hotel Providence, Narragansett Beer, Empire Soda, Utz, Swissnet, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

August 10-14th:

KIDSEYE™ YOUTH FILMMAKER FESTIVAL

Since it began 18 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 on Saturday, August 13th, 10:00 a.m. at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium, Providence

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Dates: Wednesday through Sunday, August 10-14, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: The RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium, N. Main Street, Providence.

Cost: $10 Adults; $10 children with group discounts available

August 10th

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. Limited spaces are available, so book early.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: The tour starts at The Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Providence, RI

Cost: $10

Sponsors: RI Historical Society and the RI Film & Television Office

August 11th

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!

 

Limited spaces are available, so book early.

 

To see the full program roster and guest speakers can be found by clicking here (coming)

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Dates: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Location: The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI
Cost: $40
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 URI.

August 12th

SCRIPTBIZ 2016

Uploaded 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. 

 

Limited spaces are available, so book early.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Street, Providence, RI
Cost: $90
Sponsors: Sony, Final Draft, RISCA, RI Film & Television Office

August 13th

RIIFF 2016 CLOSING NIGHT BLOCK PARTIES

EXPERIENCE CREATIVE PROVIDENCE, THE DARK LADY, LOCAL 121 & THE DEAN'S BLOCK PARTIES

A special Festival collaboration linking artistic events that take place in the city of Providence on Saturday, August 13th 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 our three partners: the Dark Lady, The Dean and Local 121 for the Festival’s annual Block Parties where they can mingle with visiting filmmakers.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 10:00 p.m. onward
Location: The Dark Lady, 17 Snow Street, Providence, RI

Local 121 and The Dean Hotel
Cost: Free Event
Sponsors: The Dark Lady, The Dean, Local 121


Fall Events 2016

 

Month of September

RWU Alive Arts presents:

The Flickers' Music Production of "Beauties, Knights & Devils"

Six singers perform comic & dramatic songs from light & serious operas by Sir Arthur Sullivan (WITHOUT Gilbert). Directed by RWU voice faculty and Flickers' Musical Director, Eric Bronner. A pre-celebration of our 35th Anniverary Year which launches in November.

 

Details coming this Summer.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
Cost: Free Event
Sponsors: RWU Arts Alive Series

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October 17-23rd

Flickers' Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival

Now in its 17th ghoulish year! This year's programming promises to be truly amazing with major premieres, forums, an expo, 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. Screenings will take place at the Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, the Roger Williams University in Bristol, the Tiverton Public Library, the Jamestown Arts Center and others TBA.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Dates: October 17-23rd
Time: Varies
Location: Statewide
Cost: Varies
Sponsors: RI Film and Television Office

 


• Download the Online Program Guide • (coming)

RIIFF2015

The 2016 Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2016 Schedule.org

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca

 

2016 Festival Awards
2016 Downloadable Program Book
LIST OF 2016 ACCEPTED FILMS
SEE TRAILERS FOR 2016 FILMS
RIIFF's 2016 Opening Night
LGBTQ Film Festival Sidebar
2016 Finalist Judges

 

VORTEX

Read / Download the Online Program Guide

• Read / Download a Day-to-Day Schedule


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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