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83 Park Street, Suite 5

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


Mailing Address:

PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

Street Address:

36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



RIIFF Photography

Courtesy of Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

Eric Latek, George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, Timothy Haggerty & Duncan Putney






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We are continuing to write the story of 2020's impact on the Festival given the impact of the global pandemic. This was the year of a hybrid event, online programming and Facebook Live!


Jump back one year: 2019 was quite a year for all of us here at the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival. In addition to the record-breaking 38th Anniversary edition of RIIFF, we presented Francophone Programming in locations across the state of Rhode Island and New England; launched our second season for our popular weekly series "doubleFEATURE" on RI PBS, spoke to various groups, clubs and classes; tripled our Youth Film Jury Program; expanded our Roving Eye International Film Festival; continued our 7 Day PSA Competition; threw various special benefits including a amazing Red Carpet Experience: Providence; continued our Best of Fest series of RIIFF-exclusive at the Rooftop at the Providence G, launched programming at the new Acoustic Java Café & Microcinema, presented an unprecedented number of free preview screenings throughout the year— many featuring filmmakers in attendance; solidified our "RIIFF in the Schools" outreach program; and held our Opening Night Gala at the beautifully restored VETS.


Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:


Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 9-15, 2021 (25th Year)

Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April 2021 (5th Year)

Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (24th Year)

New England University French Discovery Program (6th Year)

Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (8th Year)

Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 2020 and November-December 2020 (15th Year)

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 2021 and August 9-15, 2021 (22nd Year)

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 9-15, 2021 and October 16-24, 2021 (23rd Year)

Jewish Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (9th Year)

Islamic Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (4th Year)

RIIFF Encore Film Series - Monthly (21st Year)

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 16-24, 2021 (22nd Year)

Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (4th Year)

Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (7th Year)

doubleFEATURE - weekly on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m., RI PBS (5th Year)


Despite FLICKERS international reputation as a first-class festival, behind the scenes we annually hold everything together with a very small staff of dedicated individuals. Ticket sales and memberships cover less than a third of the cost of running our organization. An inordinate amount of our annual budget is in the form of in-kind or trade donations from our sponsors. These are such things as hotel rooms and airline tickets for visiting filmmakers, media promotions, filmmaker hosting, our major task for 2020-2021, rebuilding the comprehensive RIFilmFest.org website (or what we call our "retro website"), supplying paper and office supplies, tech support, etc., etc. These are all wonderful, but landlords don't accept free t-shirts to cover the rent, and you can't pay your staff with free DVD's, posters, beer glasses and the wonderful swag we receive as donations.


And in 2020, we faced adapting to the new reality of COVID-19...

The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is committed to the continued expansion of its role in the community. The year-round programming produced by FLICKERS has had a significant impact for artists and filmgoers alike in Rhode Island and indeed, southern New England.We are taking a more visible approach in the community with many events that promote the world of cinema: from expanded educational programs like doubleFEATURE, KidsEye™, ScriptBiz™ and the KidsEye Discovery Portal Media Lab that opened in 2016 and continues into 2021.
Look for our Screenwriter's Retreat taking flight tentatively in 2022.


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• Photos Courtesy of Mike Braca


Support FLICKERS Today!

Flickers has been bringing great film experiences to the Northeast for more than 39 years! Your support enables Flickers to undertake -


Educational Programming

• Expand cinema through education with "RIIFF In the Schools," now serving serving students at Roger Williams University, University of Rhode Island and Bryant University, Providence College, and the Beacon School in Woonsocket. Plans call for an expansion to more regional colleges and universities along with regional high schools and middle schools.

Filmmaker Initiatives

• Help underwrite Rhode Island and student filmmaker submission fees to the Festival
• Host filmmakers from around the globe at Flickers in the summer

Intellectual enrichment

• Provide great intellectual enrichment for the Northeast and beyond with access to both up-and-coming and established filmmakers

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

• Produce the largest audience-driven film festival in New England with more than 47,000 attendees throughout the year. Programming features more than 300 feature films and shorts from 68 countries, with over 95 World,/North American/U.S. Premieres

Support our Mission

• Flickers creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, alive and energized.


Benefits of Giving Include

• Flickers "RIIFF Cinema" members receive ongoing special promotions
• Complimentary screenings at CinemaRI and "You be the Judge Night" Events
• Free admission to our annual meeting

• Special sneak peeks at major films before they open
• Early bird sales with deep discounts on Festival passes and ticket packages
• Discounts on regularly-priced single tickets
• Acknowledgment in the Festival catalog, and much more!


Help Us Fulfill Our Mission


The cost of running an international Festival on the scale and level of quality as Flickers is staggering. We have a small, but dedicated staff whose work is offset by an army of interns and countless, loyal volunteers. While we have run the Festival from a perspective of cost efficiency and Yankee frugality, there are still expenses that must be met.


Coming to our events and main Festival only provides only about one quarter of our annual operating budget. That’s why we need your help. There are many ways to support our work.

Become a Member

Make a Contribution

Planned Giving

Corporate Sponsorships

We Cannot Fulfill Our Mission Without You!


The power of film to inform, enlighten and educate, as well as entertain, is inestimable. We believe — and trust that you'll agree — that what we do is worth supporting with a donation.

Please consider a contribution to assist FLICKERS in continuing this ever-important effort.


Your contribution of $35, $50, $100, $500 or more will go a long way in supporting our efforts to educate, entertain, enrich and provoke thought .

How To Give to FLICKERS


Your donation of any size will be greatly appreciated. You can donate any one of three ways:

You can make a tax deductible contribution online by clicking here


or the link below:


Other Ways to Donate:


• Print out our donation form that is located here


or Call us at 401-861-4445.

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much for your support!


George T. Marshall
Executive Director,
FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival
401.861.4445 • 401.490-6537 f



About FLICKERS Contributions & Scholarships

Some of the organizations supported financially by Flickers:

• The Rhode Island Food Bank (we held a 25-Film Marathon)
• Jamestown Community Piano Fund

• East Greenwich Odeum Theatre

• The Vets - grant-writing for 4K projector; screen install

• Jamestown Arts Center - grant-writing for tech equipment; loan of projection tech

• Roger Williams University School of Law
• WSBE Channel 36, RI Public Broadcasting

• Christmas in Newport

• The Courthouse Center for the Arts (Kingston, RI)

• Four Corners Arts Center (Tiverton, RI)

• International Institute Rhode Island
• RI Heart Fund

• Bristol Rotary

• Second Stage Studio

• Bell Street Chapel

• Marriage Equality, RI

• RI Festival of Trees
• Newport County Chamber of Commerce
• URI Visualizations Film Festival

• Harrington School of Communication & Media

• URI College of Arts & Sciences

• RI Pride
• RI Women's Coalition Against Domestic Violence (we held a Fashion Show)
• AIDS Care Ocean State (we sponsored the Sing Along Sound of Music)
• Friends of the Columbus Theatre Arts Center (we sponsored/hosted the 75th Anniversary kick-off for this classic theatre and are spurring a restoration effort)
• Miracle on Broadway (we sponsored free kids films during the holidays)
• RI Human Rights Watch Film Festival (we sponsored the screenings)

Plus we have donated passes and scholarships to the following Rhode Island non-profits in 1981-2020:

2nd Story Theatre

Alliance Francais Rhode Island
Academy Players
American Cancer Society
Amos House
Arts and Business Council of RI

Barrington Public Library
Beacon School

Big Nazo Puppets
Black Air Foundation
Bright Night
Bristol Rotary
Christmas in Newport
Clean Water Fund
Colonial Theatre
Direct Action for Rights and Equality
EPOCH Center
Everett Dance Theatre
Family Services Center
Festival Ballet Providence
GAIA Vaccine Foundation
Gamm Theatre
Genesis Institute
Groundwerx Dance Theatre

Harken Film Institute
Island Moving Company
Kaleidoscope Theatre

Leadership Rhode Island
Living History
Looking Glass Theatre
Modern Populous
NewGate Theatre
Newport Film Collaborative
Off the Curb
Perishable Theatre
Project Goal
Providence Arts Club
Providence Ballet Inc.
Providence Black Repertory Company

Providence College

Providence Public Library

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)
Rhode Island Film Collaborative
RI Heart Association

RI Historical Society
RI Holocaust Education and Resource
RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
Studio 34 Dance Company
The Artists’ Exchange
The Dance Theatre (Roger Williams University)
Trinity Repertory Company
University of Rhode Island
West Broadway Neighborhood Assoc.

Wheaton College

If you would like help from Flickers via tickets, access to programming or promotional support, please tell us about your program and needs: e-mail


For more information on Employer Matching Gift Programs, Planned Giving, the RIIFF Friends Campaign, or in-kind donations of office/computer equipment .


Please contact: George T. Marshall, Executive Director, email

or Shawn Quirk, Program Director, email



83 Park Street, Suite 5

Providence, RI 02903

Tel: 401/861-4445; Fax: 401/490-6735