Now in its 15th year, New England's largest and most prestigious festival — FLICKERS: Rhode
Island International Film Festival™
(RIIFF) — will take place August 9-14, 2011. 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, FLICKERS also hosts a number of high-profile premières
and provides a showcase for international features,
documentaries, and shorts.
Founded in 1997, FLICKERS: 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
175 international productions. The films were shot and produced in countries across the globe. 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, FLICKERS will screen amazing new work selected from over 4,000 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.