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Providence, RI 02903 USA
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August 5-10, 2008


Now in its Twelfth Year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) will take place August 5-10, 2008. Ranked as a one of the Top 12 Film Festivals in the United States, this world-class event 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 will screen this year 289 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 overblown CGI effects and high concept reinterpretations of classic films.


This year, RIIFF will screen amazing new work selected from over 3,000 film submissions. 100% 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.


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2008 RIIFF Dedication click here



Schedule Changes and Last Minute Additionsclick here



IMPORTANT: CERTIFIABLY JONATHAN Plays at the Cable Car Cinema, Providence at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, August 10th!


• All URI Feinstein Campus events moved to Brown University (click on link above) due to construction.


• Gallery Z, 259 Atwells Avenue, Providence for special screening of "Tabriz: Images from the Forgotten World."


• Special 35mm screening of "Next Floor" scheduled for Friday, 9:15 p.m. The Columbus Theatre


• Special 35mm screening of "Gone Fishing" scheduled for Saturday, 7:00 p.m. The Columbus Theatre.


Scheduled Changes for Saturday, 8/9/08:


5:00 p.m. @ Columbus Cinematheque:

"Communion" 15 min.

"Familiar Strangers" 87 min.


5:20 p.m. @ Columbus Andrews:

** "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story" will no longer play.


Revised Schedule:

"Model Rules" 10 min.

"The Sky is Always Beautiful" 14 min.

"Sotto il mio Giardino" 19 min.

"Romans 12:20" 27 min.

"Ancestor Eyes" 15 min.

"The Pond" 15 min.


7:00 p.m. @ Columbus Andrews:

"Speed Dating" 15 min.

"Gone Fishing" 13 min.

"Side by Each" 98 min.

Scheduled Changes for Sunday, 8/10/08:

1:00 p.m. @ Columbus Cinematheque:

** "OBCY VI / Alien VI" will no longer play.


Revised Schedule:

"Afterville" 27 min.

"Sputnik Mania" 88 min.


7:15 p.m. @Cable Car:

** "Between Love & Goodbye" will no longer play.

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Revised Schedule:

"Say that You Love Me" 9 min.

"And Then She Was Gone" 7 min.

"Crazy" 104 min.


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RIIFF's 2008 Award Winners Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Awards


Photos and media for download click here photosdownloads Paul Ruggeri's 2008 Photos


RIIFF 2008 Travel Packages click here



Opening Night Film Presentations

Accepted Film List (Alpha List with Premiere Status)

Announcement News Release

KidsEye Films at the Bell Street Chapel News Release

• Providence GLBT Film Festival GLBT Flyer News Release

Films from Australia and New Zealand

Films from Canada Quebec

Cine ¡Ole!, films from Spain and beyond

Providence Jewish Film Festival

French Language Films Playing RIIFF

Films from Ireland

Films from Italy

Films at the Cable Car Cinema

Films at the Courthouse Center for the Arts

Trailers & PromotionsArtwork & Stills

Documentary Films and their Directors: Special RIIFF 08 Focus




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• Southcoast Today (New Bedford, Cape Cod)

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Fascinating Rythym at this year's RIIFF

The Artist's Touch comes to Rhode Island

Our Bodies, Ourselves, Health Focus at RIIFF 2008

The Competitive Edge, Sport in Film

Cine ¡Ole!

At War and Peace

Animation on the Edge

Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival

Providence Underground Film Festival

Providence World Film Festival

KidsEye™ International Film Festival, expanded to morning screenings at the Columbus Theatre Arts Center
New England Student Film Festival, screenings at the University of Rhode Island CCE
Providence GLBT (Gay & Lesbian) Film Festival, throughout week of the fest
Providence Jewish Film Festival, featuring powerful and topical films

Stars Under the Stars, outdoor screenings of unforgettable films


The Rhode Island Film Forum: learn the ins and outs of making a film in the Ocean State from those who should know...

ScriptBiz™ Returns this August: learn more about this popular program...

RIIFF Opening Night Films: unforgettable and imaginative films that will start off this year's festival with a bang!

Sunday, August 10th: 2008 Awards Ceremony & Closing Brunch
Take the cake and eat well too!

Garden Room at the Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street @ 11 am-1 pm; $20

RSVP required: 401.861.4445. Or order Tickets here...


The Economic Impact of RIIFF

General Announcement Story for 2008

RIIFF Festival Highlights





Listen to our 2008 Radio CommercialsRIIFFScriptBiz™





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 three Emmy nominations for RIIFF trailers and two wins.


Bill is a Creative Services Editor for WCVB-TV in Boston.


This year's commercial was written by RIIFF Board member, Duncan Putney.



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