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


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PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

Street Address:

36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840



RIIFF Photography

Courtesy of Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

William Smyth,

Erik Latek, Nickolas Palermo,

George T. Marshall,

J. Scott Oberacker &

Duncan Putney


2014 Graphic Design by

Michael J. Chevalier





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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;

~ 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. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment

2014 AWARD WINNERS 2014 Horror Fest Winners2014 Screenplay Awards

• See Mike Braca's 2014 Festival Photos







2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open


This year's deadlines:

January 15, 2015, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2015, regular deadline; June 1, 2015, late deadline; June 15, 2015, final extended late deadline


Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2015


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


Upcoming Flickers' Sidebar Festivals of Note:


Roving Eye Film Festival - April 12-19, 2015 and November 10, 11 & 15, 2015

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 12-13, 2015 and August 5-9, 2015

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 4-8, 2015 and October 19, 20 & 24, 2015

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 19-25, 2015


2014 Programming at RIIFF


February 10-14 - November 17-21, 2014 & Spring 2015


The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival in collaboration with the French Consulate’s Cultural Service will be screening French short-films at different universities in the greater New England area from February 10 to 14, April 3 and 4, November 17-21st. and Spring 2015.


For this first edition, 3 French short-films from the 2013 Festival have been selected. Shawn Quirk, Programming Director for FLICKERS will host a discussion after the screening.


The short-films selection include: Son Indochine de Bruno Collet; La Fugue de Jean-Bernard Marlin; and Toute ma vie de Pierre Ferrière.


Upcoming locations for the presentations:

• Le 10 février matin : University du Mass à BOSTON

• Le 11 février matin : Suffolk University

• Le 12 février matin : University du Mass à Lowell

• Le 13 après-midi : Harvard

• Le 14 après-midi : University of Rhode Island

• Le 03 avril après-midi : Dartmouth College

• Le 17-21 novembre après-midi: TBA in Maine

• Spring 2015

2014 Programming at RIIFF


20 décembre


feteFlickers: The Rhode Island International Film Festival in a special collaboration with the Consulat Général de France à Boston will present “The Shortest Day” (Le jour le plus court) on Saturday, December 20th. Flickers will showcase the "Ciné-Francophone" program at Rochambeau Library in Providence, Rhode Island. This will be the only presentation of Le Jour Le Plus Court in the Americas.


Saturday’s screening will be free to the general public and will feature a dynamic collection of short films from the French-speaking world.


“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 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.


“It is a great honor that Flickers is the only organization in the Americas invited to participate in this special day of short film screenings across the Globe,” said Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director. “We take great pride in the wonderful international programming we are able to present to the local community. These films enrich our lives and broaden our global perspective in new and exciting ways.”


To see the list of global participants, go to this URL: http://www.lejourlepluscourt.com/app/#/programmation


As part of this unique international event, Flickers will screen six celebrated French language short films representing diverse aspects of the French speaking world.


These films represent France, Canada, Belgium, and Burkina Faso.


The titles are: “Hsu Ji Behind the Screen,” directed by Thomas Rio, 2012; “Bernard Le Grand,” directed by Marie-Hélène Viens and Philippe Lupien, 2013; “Jennah,” directed by Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi, 2014; “ON/OFF,” directed by Thierry Lorenzi, 2013; “Je suis une actrice,” directed by Benoit Lach, 2014; and “Twaaga,” directed by Cedric Ido, 2013.


This year's location & time:

3:30 p.m. -

Rochambeau Library,

708 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906

(401) 272-3780

Time: 3:30pm

Screenings are free and open to the general public!


• For the full news release and a list of the films being screened, click here


2015 Programming at RIIFF



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Flickers Hosts the Red Carpet Experience: Providence

Celebrate the 87th Academy Awards in style at The Vets, Providence

The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a signature event benefiting the Rhode Island International Film Festival (formerly Oscar Experience and Oscar Night America) for the past 6 years. Guests feel like stars and experience the red carpet, 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 6:00 p.m.


Our elegant evening is once again chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. See details for this year's event, click here...


The cost is $100 for tickets. Order now. Red Carpet Experience: Providence tickets make for a great gift and the Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a wonderful escape from the winter blues.


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


2015 Sponsors: Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RI Film and Television Office, WLNE TV6, WSNE, PMA Industries, Dominion Diagnostics, Amtrak, Cabot, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Decadent Catering, Quality Rental, The Vets, Woodchuck Hard Cider and Newport Storm/Thomas Tew Rum.


This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Saturday -Sunday, February 28- March 1, 2015

The Original LGBT Expo

lgbtThe Original LGBT Expo Video Lounge produced annually by the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (http://www.film-festival.org) and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org) is a great way to be introduced to the art and artists who reflect the modern LGBTQ experience. Each year, the Festivals bring together a unique team of collaborators who help curate the Lounge, making for an entertaining and enlightening afternoon. From cutting edge new work, filmmaker interviews, live musical performances, comedy, dance and even a “You Be the Judge” program where you can select the films that will play at the Festivals, the Video Lounge has become an entertainment mainstay of the Expo.


Stephen Flynn and James Stewart of Long Island and George T. Marshall of Rhode Island have shared a long history of friendship and collaboration. They have been able to draw in the exceptional talents of Ryan Janek Wolowski (MTV), Neal Bennington (Broadway Pride), Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz, making for two days of non-stop entertainment. Add to the mix the cinematic vision of emerging visual artists, and it becomes easy to understand the popularity of the Lounge for those attending the Expo.


This year RIIFF will be raffling a travel package to the City of Providence (lodging, meals and entertainment) courtesy of our friends at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Gift Certificates to business in the city of Newport, courtesy of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce; and RIIFF Opening Night VIP Passes good for August 4th! A full Festival Pass worth $350 will also be raffled.


The Video Lounge is a great place to network, discover new work, learn about the industry and ultimately support emerging new LGBTQ talent. Last year, the lounge was packed on both days during the Expo -- an event which draws over 28,000 attendees. Don’t miss it this year.


The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, W. 38th & 11th Avenue, NYC. Click here for a link to learn about the Expo.


March 30th - April 3rd

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, March 30-April 3rd and will be free to the general public and campus community. The campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI will serve as the host location for the Festival. (To learn more, click here)


The Tournées French Film Festival will present six new important 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.



April 12-19th

10th Annual Roving Eye Film Festival

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its 10th annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrates the film arts from across the globe. All programming is curated by RWU students from current entries to RIIFF. Along with shorts and documentaries, this year's Festival will feature guest speakers and panels, plus animation, Latin-American, Asian and student film sidebars. All screenings, unless otherwise noted, will be free and open to the public . Screenings will take place at the Global Heritage Hall and locations across the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

Location:, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Hosted by the RWU Film Production Club

Time: Will vary by day

Cost: Free Event



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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The 2014 Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2014 Festival Genius Guide

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca


RIIFF's 2014 Opening Night
GLBT Film Festival Sidebar
2014 Finalist Judges

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