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Providence, RI 02903 USA
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Newport, RI 02840 USA

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36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



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Courtesy of Mike Braca


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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);

~ a qualifying event for the Canadian Screen Awards;

~ the major portal of entry for filmmakers to discover the Ocean State as a center for film development, talent and production;

~ the producers of the weekly PBS television showcase, "doubleFEATURE;"

~ 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


2017 Red Carpet Experience Photos

2017 AWARD WINNERS See Mike Braca's 2017 Festival Photos

Download the Complete List of 2017 Winners








2018 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries Opens August 19th

This year's deadlines:

January 15, 2018, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2018, regular deadline; June 1, 2018, late deadline; June 15, 2018, final extended late deadline


Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2018


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)


Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:


Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 7-12, 2018 (22nd Year)

Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April 2018 (2nd Year)

Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (23rd Year)

New England University French Discovery Program (4th Year)

LGBT Expo Film Showcase - September yearly (18th Year)

Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (6th Year)

Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 17-23, 2017 and November 7, 8 & 12, 2017 (13th Year)

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 8-9, 2018 and August 7-12, 2018 (20th Year)

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 7-12, 2018 and October 16-22, 2017 (19th/20th Year)

Museum of Work & Culture "Third Thursday Best of Fest Screenings" - November - May (10th 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 16-22, 2017 (18th Year)

Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (3rd Year)

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



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 the Spring and Fall of 2017.


For this third edition, five French short-films from the 2016 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.


October 16-22nd

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

Now in its 18th phantastical 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 seven days of fantasy, imagination, horror, mayhem, music and the best independent film work that has been submitted to us from around the globe. Screenings and events will take place at the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence College, Roger Williams University, Moses Brown School, the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Providence Public Library, the Tiverton Public Library and the Warwick Public Library.


For more information, please click here...

Dates: October 16-22nd
Time: Varies on a daily basis
Location: Statewide
Cost: Varies
Sponsors: RI Film and Television Office, Roger Williams University, Providence College, RISD Museum, the Moses Brown School, the Providence Public Library, the RI Historical Society & the University of Rhode Island.

Saturday, October 21st:

Sunday, October 22nd:

H.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 125th 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 Vortex Film Festival. The tour lasts 90 min.


This year, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting two tours during the Festival. 


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

Time: The tour will take place this year on two days at 12:00 Noon: Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd.

Cost: $19.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening


The HP Lovecraft Walking Tour Makes a Great Gift!


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


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November 7, 8 & 12th

The Fall Jewish Experience Series

The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival has partnered with Roger Williams University (RWU), 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 2017 sidebar program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and guest speakers. The event takes place November 7, 8 & 12th. This year’s series explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel, across the globe and the Holocaust through 10 recent films and is entitled: “ARTS AND CULTURE: SHAPING THE FUTURE, REFLECTING THE PAST.” The series includes a talk by the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, RWU.


All programming will take place on the Bristol, RI, campus of Roger Williams University at the Global Heritage Hall, Room 01.


"Through film and scholarship, this series tells the stories of the Jewish experience globally—stories of joy, sorrow, faith, a rich culture, diasporas, fear and ultimately, hope,” said the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, RWU University Multifaith Chaplain co-organizer of the event with Flickers.


All programming is free of charge and open to the public.


For the full schedule, click here




• Download the Online Program Book • Festival2017

The 2017 Online Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2017 Festival Genius

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca


RIIFF's 2017 Opening Night
LGBTQ Film Festival Sidebar
2017 Finalist Judges


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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