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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

 

 

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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.

 

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 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)

 

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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:

 

Weekly

doubleFEATURE

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.

 

marlynEach 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.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT

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 

 

 

December 15th

2ndStageSecond Stage Studio RIIFF Encore Film Series

HOLIDAY TREATS

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.

 

Taking Flight | Directed by: Brandon Oldenburg | 5 min. | USA, 2015.

Taking Flight is a short film inspired by the life and heritage of Antonio Pasin, inventor of the Radio Flyer wagon. In this fictional tribute to Pasin’s legacy, what begins as a small boy’s over-scheduled, over supervised, boring day with Grandpa turns into a larger-than-life journey, narrowly escaping wild monkeys and battling aliens to save the universe. Through the power of imagination and epic adventure, a boy learns to be a kid, a father learns to be a dad, a grandpa reminds all of us what childhood is all about.

 

The Rain Collector | Directed by: Isabella Wing-Davey | 12 min. | UK, 2015.

A young woman in Victorian England finds purpose, and maybe even love, through science. Inspired by true events. www.TheRainCollectorfilm.com

 

MOOM | Directed by: |Daisuke Tsutsumi & Robert Kondo | 14 min. | USA/Japan, 2016.

Every forgotten object has a memory with its previous owner still attached. This is a story of Moom, one of those memories stuck in this world. One day, Moom meets another memory just like him.

 

John Fortson's "RATED" | Directed by: John Fortson | 19 min. | USA, 2016.

Maggie, a wife and mother, must find the courage to own up to her own behavior when she wakes up to a world where every adult has received a YELP-like rating floating above their head. While most everyone has a shining 4 or 5 star rating, she's only got 2.5.

How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps | Directed by: Benjamin Berman| 6 min. | USA, 2015.

A four step guide to losing weight - kind of.

 

Welcome To My Life | Directed by: Elizabeth Ito| 9 min. | USA, 2015.

The real life story of a normal, Monster-American family.

 

The Amazing Rocambole | Directed by: Nicoloff Loic |19 min. | France, 2016.

In the mid-19th century, facing an editor who stubbornly refuses to give him a raise, what can young writer Ponson du Terrail do… except sacrifice Rocambole, the hero of his daily serial?

Location: Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864

401-334-4800

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • Facebook

 

Special Screening on Sunday, December 18th

Le Jour le plus Court

leplusCourtFlickers' The Rhode Island International Film Festival in a special collaboration with the Alliance Francaise Providence will present “The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) on Friday, December 18th. Flickers will showcase the "Ciné-Francophone" program in Providence, Rhode Island. This will be the only presentation of Le Jour Le Plus Court in the United States. Friday's screening will feature a dynamic collection of short films from the French-speaking world.

 

“The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) will take place on the weekend of the Winter Solstice, a fitting time to celebrate the art of the short film, and promote its artistic merit worldwide.

 

The aim of the Jour le plus Court on the 18th of December is to popularise the creation of the short form film, encourage its programming and bring together circulation initiatives. This major event, organised by the Agence du court métrage, completes the work it carries out year-round in support of short films.

 

The particularity of the Jour le plus Court comes from its national scope and the range and diversity of those involved in it around the country. Its success is rooted in the way in which cinemas, schools, media libraries, cultural and social associations are invested locally in the event, along with partners such as hospitals, prisons, retirement homes and specialised institutions.

 

"The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) is a global French film festival organized by the Department of Short Films, L’Agence du Court Métrage, a French organization dedicated to championing the art of the short film.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: TBA, Providence, Rhode Island

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE EVENT

Web: www.RIFilmFest.org • 401/861-4445 • info@film-festival.org

 


Winter Events 2017

 

January 19th

2ndStageSecond Stage Studio RIIFF Encore Film Series

FILMS WITH AN EDGE

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.

Location: Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864

401-334-4800

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • Facebook

Month of February

oscarFrom 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 46 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).

 

To see the full schedule of films and screening locations, click here...

 

These are all Free Events and presented in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office.

 

February 16th

2ndStageSecond Stage Studio RIIFF Encore Film Series

TALES OF LOVE AN ROMANCE

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.

Location: Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864

401-334-4800

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • Facebook

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

FLICKERS’ RED CARPET EXPERIENCE: PROVIDENCE

Celebrate the 89th Academy Awards in style at the Providence Biltmore Ballroom, Providence in Ultra High Definition

The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a signature event benefiting the Rhode Island International Film for the past 8 years. Guests feel like stars and experience the red carpet, live coverage by WLNE/ABC6, 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 5:30 p.m. The elegant evening is chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq.

 

Details coming on the 2017 Red Carpet Experience: Providence in December 2016

 

March 16th

2ndStageSecond Stage Studio RIIFF Encore Film Series

FROM THE EMERALD ISLES

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.

Location: Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864

401-334-4800

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • Facebook

MONTH OF APRIL - DATES TBA

Tournées French Film Festival

tourneesHeld on the Campus of Roger Williams University

 

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Roger Williams University (RWU) are proud to collaborate in the presentation of the Annual RWU Tournées French Film Festival. The Festival will take place over a five-day period, TBA and will be free to the general public and campus community.

 

The Tournées French Film Festival will present six new and classic French feature films, (all with English subtitles), along with a selection of shorts films that Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival will premiere from its partnership with UNIIFRANCE that will precede each feature.

 

To see the full schedule of films and view the trailers, coming.

 

The campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI will serve as the host location for the Festival

 

April 20th

2ndStageSecond Stage Studio RIIFF Encore Film Series

WORLDS OF IMAGINATION

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.

Location: Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864

401-334-4800

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • Facebook

May 18th

2ndStageSecond Stage Studio RIIFF Encore Film Series

ANIMATION CELEBRATION

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.

Location: Second Stage Studio, 1 Angell Road, Cumberland, RI 02864

401-334-4800

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • Facebook


THE FILMS AND KEY INFORMATION FOR RIIFF 2016:

 

Download the Online Program Guidebanner2016

The 2016 Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2016 Festival Genius

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca

 

SEE TRAILERS FOR 2016 FILMS
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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