Now in its Eleventh Year, the Rhode
Island International Film Festival™,
(RIIFF) will take place August 7-12, 2007. Ranked as
a one of the Top 12 Film Festivals in the United
States, this world-class festival will be held
at venues around Providence. It features screenings,
filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet industry events
and seminars. Aiming to promote Rhode Island as a filmmaking
location and to celebrate the independent filmmaking
spirit, RIIFF also hosts a number of high-profile premières
and provides a showcase for international features,
documentaries, and shorts.
Founded in 1997, the Rhode Island International Film
Festival has quickly carved out a name for itself. It
accepts films of any type, in any genre and screens
around 200-plus international productions. Rhode Island native
Bobby Farrelly was so impressed with the festival's
debut that he held the world premiere of his next film
- There's Something About Mary - at the 1998 event.
The festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities
for "artistic interaction and exchange among independent
filmmakers, directors, producers, distributors, backers
and the film-going community". It is a safe haven
for all independent filmmakers - a place where they
can hide from all the MI3’s, overblown CGI effects
and high concept reinterpretations of classic films.
This year, RIIFF will screen
320 films; selected from over 2,500 submissions. More
than 90% of the RIIFF schedule is created from these
film submissions; and not culled from other festivals.
This makes for a truly dynamic event where regional
audiences discover new work and new filmmakers whose
work often overlooked.
International Film Festival, expanded
to morning screenings at the Feinstein MAX Providence Place. Learn more...
England Student Film Festival, screenings, 8/11 at the Columbus Theatre starting at 10:00 a.m. Learn more...
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, throughout
week of the fest . Learn more...
Jewish Film Festival, featuring powerful
and topical films. Learn more...
Under the Stars, outdoor screenings
of unforgettable films: The King Returns with a newly restored print of "Viva Las Vegas"starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret to be screened free at two locations! Learn more... about screenings in Pawtucket and Providence.
We are very excited to once again be screening work by our long-time friend, Bill Smyth. Bill is the brains and talent behind the RIIFF trailers. A multiple Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Bill has also seen two Emmy nominations for RIIFF trailers and one win. This year's spots continue in a tradition of working with actors (and real life spouses) Phyllis Kaye and Richard Donnelly, both of the acclaimed and Tony Award winning, Trinity Repertory Company. We are very happy to have them both as part of the RIIFF family. There is no question that they reflect the "Rhode Island" in our international film festival.
Bill is a Creative Services Editor for WCVB-TV in Boston.