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 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;
2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open
This year's deadlines:
January 15, 2017, early deadline with reduced rates;May 15, 2017, regular deadline; June 1, 2017, late deadline; June 15, 2017, final extended late deadline
Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2017
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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• Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 8-13, 2017 (21st Year)
• Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April 2017 (1st Year)
•Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (23rd Year)
•New England University French Discovery Program (4th Year)
•LGBT Expo Film Showcase - March 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 9-10, 2017 and August 8-13, 2017 (19th Year)
•KidsEye International Film Festival - August 8-13, 2017 and October 16-22, 2017 (19th Year)
• Second Stage Theatre "Third Thursday Best of Fest Screenings" - November - May (1st 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 (2nd Year)
•Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (5th Year)
FLICKERS' 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 2017.
For this third edition, five French short-films from 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.
THIS YEAR AT RIIFF:
Mid April - July 2017
From the Vault:
RIIFF GOES TO THE OSCARS®
JOIN OUR SALUTE TO THE ART OF THE SHORT FILM WITH A SPECIAL RETROSPECTIVE OF AMAZING FILMS THAT WERE DISCOVERED AT RIIFF AND WENT ON TO BE SHORTLISTED OR NOMINATED BY THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES
With the Red Carpet Experience: Providence and the 89th Annual Academy Awards just a breathe away, we decided that it would be fun to share some of the brilliant work that has been screened at RIIFF over the past 21 years. These films have gone on to be critically acclaimed, made the Academy shortlist for nominations, or were nominated and in some cases won the coveted award. Of the 49 RIIFF films that have been nominated since 1998, 9 have gone on to win the coveted Oscar®.
Have you ever wondered exactly what makes a film worthy of Academy consideration? Is there a secret formula? Are there linkages that unite the nominees? What separates one film from another in terms of storytelling, visualization and direction?
From films that evoke, provoke, inspire, entertain and challenge, we will present some of the gems from the RIIFF Vault in a special program that will screen across the state of Rhode Island. All screenings will be free. Plus, we will be sponsoring a raffle where you can win tickets to this summer's Festival and discover the next generation of Academy nominees at our Opening Night Gala (Tuesday, August 4th) at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).
These are all Free Events and presented in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office
Month of April
DEADLINE TO APPLY TO THE BOSTON 7 DAY PSA COMPETITION HAS PASSED
The 7DAYPSACompetition was conceived by Duncan B. Putney, an Emmy winning writer and the creative producer of Original Concept & Development Associates (www.OCDA.biz). This national competition has been created for and by the non-profit Flickers Arts Collaborative as part of the Creative Impulse Award programming.
The purpose of this competition is to challenge local filmmakers to use their skills and energy to meet a major need of local non-profit organizations, giving the filmmakers not only a great experience and a good feeling, but also a broadcast credit for their resumes. It is designed to build professional bridges, spurring networking and opening professional doors for the participants. Helping filmmakers be proactive about their careers and their karma.
It is about people in the arts using their skills to help out the non-profit world.
Flickers' Childen's Hospital International Film Festival
Location: Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
If ever there is a group of children who deserve the escape of watching brand new uplifting short films from around the world, it would be those children who find themselves undergoing medical treatment in children’s hospitals. The Flickers’ Children’s Hospitals International Film Festival (CHIFF) will be an annual yearlong multi-venue festival that brings programs of short films to children’s hospitals for the enjoyment of their patients. And, those young patients not only get to enjoy these wonderful films, but they are also the festival’s judges and film reviewers. This red carpet event will bring the magic of cinema to the children that need it the most, as they become the real stars of their own festival.
The first Flickers' Children's Hospitals International Film Festival takes place at the Boston Children’s Hospital, April 18 - May 2, 2017. The event will be a partnership with the Seacrest Studios (Ryan Seacrest Foundation) before moving on to other children’s hospitals in the US and abroad that have the facilities to get the programming to the young patients.
As Flickers moves forward to build this new festival into a worldwide event, they will be reaching out to filmmakers in order to expand their programming to include wonderful shorts in a wide variety of languages.
Museum of Work and Culture RIIFF 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 2016 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF this past August
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 2017 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.
RIIFF will once again be a player in the Fest and screening some select shorts.
Flickers' Providence LGBTQ Film Festival Preview
A 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 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: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Locations: The Vets, 6th Floor Loft, 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.
KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp
Now in its 19th Year! KidsEye™ is a fun, yet intensive,
five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-17 presented by the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival™.
Over the course of the last 19 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.
Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island and the Harrington School of Communication and Media for their ongoing support!
This Summer's Filmaking Camp Dates: July 10-14, 2017 Our Location: Kingston, RI 2017 Cost: $395
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.