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Providence, RI 02903 USA
tel: 401/861-4445
401/490-6735 (f)


Mailing Address:

PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

Street Address:

36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



RIIFF Photography

Courtesy of Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

Eric Latek, George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, J. Scott Oberacker, William Smyth &

Duncan Putney






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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;

~ 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


2016 Red Carpet Experience Photos

2016 AWARD WINNERS See Mike Braca's 2016 Festival Photos

Download the Complete List of 2015 Winners







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


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.


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)


Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Fall 2016


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.





Our new television magazine and film showcase

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new 60 min. weekly series, television magazine “doubleFEATURE,” a showcase for the art of film and the artists who create them. The first episode premiered on Friday, July 1st at 8:00 p.m. on RI PBS, WSBE 36.


Each week, “doubleFEATURE” presents award-winning short films that have premiered at the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival over the past 20 years. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It was also recently named a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction.


Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television, and an accomplished writer/director, will introduce audiences to the filmmakers those who work behind the camera lens through incisive and revealing interviews.


“doubleFEATURE” promises a voyage of discovery where viewers learn about the talented artists from Rhode Island and beyond who work in the industry or aspire to create their career. From seasoned professionals, college and high school students, to those whose passion and creativity are their drivers, “doubleFEATURE” shines a spotlight. Writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, talent, costume, set and sound designers, gaffers, grips and production assistants share their inspiration.


Showtime: Each Friday on RI PBS, WSBE36 at 8:00 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on the following Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.


Credits: A Flickers Production in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office and RI PBS. George T. Marshall, Executive Producer; Steven Feinberg, and Shawn Quirk, Producers.


Location: WSBE RI PBA (Channel 36)

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Produced by Flickers with the Rhode Island Film & Television Office and RI PBS.


Fall Events 2016



September 1 - October 15th:

8th Annual Online New England Film Festival (2016 Edition)

RIIFF is once again pleased to be a partner Festival in the 2016 Online New England Film Festival. The Festival will be live from September 1 through October 15, 2016.


NewEnglandFilm.com’s Online New England Film Festival is a 45-day annual online event that showcases dozens of short local films that have screened at regional film festivals.


See the full line-up announcement. The trailer for the upcoming festival is below.


2016 Online New England Film Festival Trailer from NewEnglandFilm.com on Vimeo.



September 25th

The Roger Williams University Music Series presents:

The Flickers' Music Production of

"Beauties, Knights & Devils"

Comic & Dramatic Songs from Light & Serious Operas


Performed by: RWU voice faculty Eric Bronner & Vaughn Bryner, and piano faculty Victoria Lambrozo, with guest singers Gabriel Alfieri, Elisabeth Gondek, Ashley Primavera, and Patrice Tiedemann.

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Roger Williams University, Performing Arts Center, Bristol, RI
Cost: This is a Free Event
Sponsors: RWU Arts Music Series


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 and others TBA. For more information, please click here...

Dates: October 17-23rd
Time: Varies
Location: Statewide
Cost: Varies
Sponsors: RI Film and Television Office, Roger Williams University, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University & the University of Rhode Island.

Saturday, October 22nd:

Sunday, October 23rd:

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 124th 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: Saturday, October 22nd at 12:00 Noon and Sunday, October 23rd at 12:00 Noon.

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


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



Download the Online Program Guidebanner2016

The 2016 Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2016 Festival Genius

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca


RIIFF's 2016 Opening Night
LGBTQ Film Festival Sidebar
2016 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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