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83 Park Street

Providence, RI 02903
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



RIIFF Photography

Courtesy of Liz Oberacker,

Jonathan Beller, Mary Hanley, Debra Gagnon, Paul Ruggeri, Greg Sofios, Katie Doyle &

Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

William Smyth,

Erik Latek, James Payne,

Jonathan Beller,

George T. Marshall,

J. Scott Oberacker &

Duncan Putney


2013 Graphic Design by

Michael J. Chevalier





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Rhode Island 2013 Media Guide (PDF download / Word Doc) for you to shape your own coverage


List of RI Radio Stations


RIIFF 2013 Official Laurels (PDF download, jpeg download )


RIIFF Program Book Advertising Rate Sheet (PDF download):


RIIFF 2013 Hospitality Request (PDF download):


RIIFF Filmmaker Registration (PDF download):


Additional RIIFF Filmmaker Pass Order Form (PDF download):


RIIFF Print Traffic Report (PDF download Word Doc.)


Take Part in Our "RIIFF Around the World Program"

Rhode Island Libraries:

Barrington Public Library

Bristol Public Library

Providence Public Library

Rochambeau Library

Westerly Library

• Sandywoods Center for the Arts

Roger Williams University (Roving Eye Screenings)

• Roots Café

• Trinity Brew Pub

• Bravo

The Vets (formerly VMA Arts & Cultural Center)

1. Contact Information:


RIIFF Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 1, Providence, RI  02903, USA
RIIFF Office Phone:  401.861.4445

RIIFF Office Fax:      401.490.6735
Festival Dates: 

RIIFF: August 6-11th, 2013

HORROR FEST: October 17-20th, 2013

Hospitality & Accommodations: scanavan@film-festival.org
Volunteer Coordinator: xnguyen@film-festival.org
Film Programming Department:  quirk@film-festival.org
Screenplay Competition:  screenplay@film-festival.org
Cinema Rhode Island Membership:  membership@film-festival.org
Sponsorship: nickbelt@film-festival.org
Film Traffic:  traffic@film-festival.org

Filmmaker Registration: scanavan@film-festival.org

Technical, attn: Timothy Haggerty: tmhaggerty@film-festival.org
Horror Festival: quirk@film-festival.org
General information:  info@film-festival.org


2. Film Formats Shown at RIIFF:


For 2013 we will be using the following screening formats: DCP, Blu-Ray & DVD.


Here is a list of venues and formats we can handle: (CLICK HERE FOR VENUE DIRECTIONS)

The Vets (VMA Arts & Cultural Center)

Blu-Ray, (DVD Back up)


Bell Street Chapel Theatre


DVD (back up)


Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum


DVD (back up)


Museum of Work & Culture


DVD (back up)


Providence Public Library Theatre


DVD (back up)


Paff Theatre at the URI Feinstein/Providence Campus


DVD (back up)


Providence Chamber of Commerce Theatre


DVD (back up)


Roger Williams University, Bristol


DVD (back up)


Barrington Public Library


DVD (back up)


Jamestown Arts Center


DVD (back up)


Sandywoods Center for the Arts


DVD (back up


Westerly Public Library


DVD (back up)

3. Exhibition Copy Shipping Information:


Not later than July 27th. We need to pre-screen and log in your work. Send your copy and a back-up DVD to the following address:

            FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival
            Attn: Shawn Quirk • 36 Rhode Island Avenue
            Newport, RI  02840 (United States)


Please make sure that you insure your work with the appropriate carrier. Additionally, for international films, cite that the work is for "Cultural Purposes Only, No Commercial Value." The latter is very important or else you will be charged customs fees. Additionally, please let us know as soon as you can where you'd like us to return your print/video. If you come to the Festival, you will be able to sign for your work and take it with you.


3a. Exhibition Copy Return Shipping Information:


Please be sure that you let us know where your exhibition copy needs to be returned and when.

We usually spend the week after the festival shipping out all copies. That information should be with your exhibition copy and sent to this email: traffic@film-festival.org


IMPORTANT: If we do not hear from you, we will send the copy back to you from the registration address we have on hand.


4. Poster Sizes for Publicity:


Posters can be of any size, no requirements. The largest we take is the marquee poster; the smallest can be postcard size. A variety is encouraged.  Posters should be sent to the same address as the exhibition copy of the film. Please send them us at least a week and half before the Festival.


5. Festival Awards for Film and Screenplay Competition:


Film awards are trophies and specific sponsor related prizes, not cash. The winner of Best Short will be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.  Screenplay awards (besides the Grand Prize) are software, promotion, publicity, etc.  The awards ceremony is Sunday morning the 11th at The Vets and includes a light breakfast with our compliments. The Awards program will take place at 10:00 a.m. and will not conflict with afternoon screenings.


6. General Admission Ticket Prices:

(For the General Public, not you, the accepted filmmaker, all of your personal tickets are free!)


     Opening Night Film Screening - $15 film screening / $35 after party / $50 for both events
      Single Tickets not on opening night:
            Adult Tickets-$10


      KidsEye International FF Ticket prices:
            Adults- $10.00

   Advance Ticket orders are available at this time by clicking on our Ticket and Passes Page.



7. Filmmaker Registration At the Festival:



Location: The Providence Renaisance Hotel Lobby, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI

Tues, Wed., Thurs., Fri: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,

Sat.: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.,




7b. Filmmaker Passes & Event Ticketing:


Each Filmmaker receives two (2) Filmmaker PASSES per film, which grants full access to all screenings, forums and after parties. Each pass allows for three (3) comps. to your film screening; for total of six (6). These will be given to you at registration. Note that events like the Forum and Scriptbiz are first come, first served.


We also have a community outreach program for non-profit organizations for which we provide either group rates or comp tickets to select screenings at The Vets. Feel free to contact our outreach Associate for more information.


Note that certain films may sell out; so be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before a particular screening. We cannot guarantee seating if you arrive late. Also, you will need to register in advance for the RI Film Forum since ticketing is on a first-come; first-served basis. This event will be free to visiting filmmakers.


8. Opening, Closing Nights & Events:

(for Filmmakers only, and that means you if you are on this page!)

Opening Night Celebration - starts at 7:00 p.m.:

IMPORTANT: The Film screening and party are free for accepted filmmakers with passes. Remember, you'll be receiving two passes at registration. Be sure to let us know if you are arriving late and cannot get to registration. We will have your passes available at the Box Office. Do be sure to preregister, otherwise we will not be able to give you badges or passes if you are late on Opening Night. This event is Black tie-optional!




Providence Location Walking Tour:

Takes place on Wednesday, August 7th in the morning at 11:00 a.m.; free for filmmakers, tkts on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up below (coming)


Join us for this wonderful tour of the City of Providence presented by the RI Historical Society under the aegis of the RI Film & Television Office.


Discover why Providence is truly a Hollywood backlot, learn about its history, and find out about some of our state's most notable and colorful characters. The goal for the tour is to provide filmmakers with an “insider’s” view of the downcity and riverwalk area with an eye toward what would be interesting/unanticipated places for filming.




The Rhode Island Film Forum:

Takes place on Thursday, August 8th

The RI Film Forum is a one-day symposium hosting leading national and local film industry players, conversing about the key issues facing the Rhode Island and New England film community today. This informative and entertaining discussion presents our region's small business owners, filmmakers, community organizations, and film enthusiasts with the latest opportunities for better understanding, and getting involved with, local film production and exhibition.


As a visiting filmmaker, this event is a great way for you to network, discover what is happening in this region, and even think about shooting an upcoming film here.


We strongly encourage your attendance and have been able to underwrite your ticket so there is no charge!


Free for filmmakers, but seating is limited. Please register in advance. We wlll be sending you information and an application will be in your registration package


Eventbrite - The Rhode Island Film Forum 2013: Filmmakers 


ScriptBiz™ 2013:

Takes place on Friday, August 9th

Trying to write your first script? Worrying about how to pitch your script more effectively to potential investors? Moving a completed script into production? Learn from the best at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s 13th Annual ScriptBiz program!


AT ScriptBiz, emerging screenwriters can hone their skills by interacting with and learning from seasoned industry professionals. This year’s program, entitled “From Page to Screen,” takes screenwriters through the entire screenwriting process, with panel discussions on the ins and outs of writing a script and the business aspects of getting a script into production, as well as a special workshop on “pitching your script.”


ScriptBiz takes place on Friday, August 9th, at Providence Chamber of Commerce, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence RI 02903. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Free for filmmakers, seating limited to 40 and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be sending you registration


Eventbrite - ScriptBiz 2013 - Filmmakers Special Application 


• Awards Ceremony and Reception, Sunday, August 11th:

Location: RISD Museum, Metcalf Audiorium, South Main StreetProvidence, RI
Time: Continental breakfast takes starts at 9:30 a.m.,

followed by the Awards Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Free for attending filmmakers

Filmmaker breakfast 10:00 a.m. -12 p.m., awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Location: TBA. Please be sure to pre-register for our food count.

9. Distributors Attending the Fest:


We do not have a concrete list of which distribution companies are attending this year (they tend to surprise us) but we have strong ties and representatives from IFC,Lion’s Gate, and other companies have attended the festival in recent years.  More information on distributors will become available during the festival as they become available to us.


10. Accommodations:


As a nonprofit organization, we cannot provide rental fees, lodging or air travel for our filmmakers to attend.  However, we have special discount accommodations with Providence Hotels. We have a limited number of host family accommodations available (which fill up quickly), but will not have dormitory rooms available this year. Please contact our office staff with questions or write us at scanavan@film-festival.org


Here are details about specific rates and contacts for lodging:

5 Avenue of the Arts

Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Phone: (401) 919-5000 | (800) 468-3571 • Fax: (401) 276-0023

Guest may also confirm by calling 866 860 0704 and ask for the RI Film Festival block.

Printable Fact Sheet:

• Click here for link to the hotel:


This amazingly beautiful and historic hotel, centrally located in downtown Providence and adjacent to our host theatre, The Vets (VMA Arts & Cultural Center), is the home of our filmmaker registration. The Hotel is offering an exceptional rate of $149 per night for visiting filmmakers and guests. Be sure to book early for best choices! The cut off date this year for the discount is July 26, 2013. CALL IF YOU MISS THIS DEADLINE.


11 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone (401) 421-0700 | (800) 294-7709 • Fax (401) 455-3050

Special Discount Rates Available at $129 per night (plus tax)

Email: info@providencebiltmore.comlic

• Click here for the link to the hotel:


Annie Brownell House
Email: info@anniebrownellhouse.com
400 Angell St. Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Phone & fax: (401) 454-2934/Cell (401) 374-1498



220 India Street , Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-272-5577 • Fax: 401-272-0251

Special Discount Rates Available at $85 per night / King or double

To make reservations, please call 401-272-5577 and ask for the 2013 RI International Film Festival Group Room Block. NOTE THAT THE CUT OFF DATE FOR THIS RATE IS JULY 31, 2013.



A SHUTTLE SERVICE is available at the hotel to get to the Festival. It has 6 seats and based on first come first served. It is ONLY for Providence -3 mile radius (no airport service). The coast is $5.00 per person per day.

Comfort Inn Pawtucket

2 George Street

Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02860

Please call for reservations for rate of $99 • Rate Code: rifilm

Phone: (401) 723-6700 • Fax: (401) 726-6380

Nice, clean, reasonable and 4 miles from the City. Use Enterprise or a Zip Car for travel.



32 Exchange Terrace

Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Phone (401) 272-1191 • Fax (401) 272-1416

Special Discount Rates Available at $109 & $139 per night

Call Toll Free1-866-460-7456 and ask for the 2013 RI International Film Festival Group Room Block.

• Click here for the link to the hotel:





the City of Providence, Rhode Island

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11. Promoting Your Film at RIIFF & Media Attendee Update PLUS

Advertising in this year's Program Guide


Filmmakers may advertise their film in our program guide and newspaper announcements. This year, our program guide will be online and available through mobile apps. This is a great way to get your film promoted at a reasonable rate. This year, we are offering filmmakers a 50% reduction of the list advertising rates. For the 2013 RIIFF Program Book Advertising Rate Sheet, download here: (PDF download)


IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadline for advertising in this year's online program book is Thursday, August 1st by 11:00 p.m.


12. After Parties & Events:


All After Parties start mid-evening, from 10:00 p.m. onward. The final schedule for the week will be available upon registration. Any special events updates will be posted daily at filmmaker registration.


Here is a list of where we are right now in our after party and event programming:


Wednesday August 7, 2013
Providence Film Location Discovery Walking Tour

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: The Providence Biltmore Lobby, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Must pre-register

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only. Order your Tickets above...



Time: 10:30 p.m.

Location: The Vets Lobby, Providence, RI

Complimentary refreshments/cake


This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only


Thursday August 8, 2013

RI Film Forum

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Must pre-register

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only. Order your Tickets above...



Time: 10:30 p.m.

Location: Bravo Brasserie, 123 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Complimentary refreshments

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only


Friday August 9, 2013

ScriptBiz Rewired

TIme: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Providence Chamber of Commerce, Providence, RI

Advance Registration Required. Must pre-register

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only



Time: 10:30 p.m.

Location: Trinity Brew Pub , 186 Fountain Street, Providence, RI

Complimentary refreshments

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only


Saturday August 10, 2013

FUTURE FILMMAKING: Digital Documentary Bridging Cultures

From Internet uploads on YouTube to Vimeo, to cell phone capture and satellite, documentary filmmaking has changed the face of modern news-gathering and traditional media. Technology

has allowed information to flow outside of political gate keeping creating a true global village, bridging cultures and addressing topical social and political concerns.

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Location: RISD Metcalf Auditorium, 20 N. Main St., Providence, RI

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only



Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Location: The Dark Lady, , Providence, RI

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers


Sunday August 11, 2013

Location: RISD Museum, Metcalf Audiorium, South Main StreetProvidence, RI
Time: Continental breakfast takes starts at 9:30 a.m.,

followed by the Awards Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

This is a Free Event for Filmmakers Only. Please preregister for our food count.


13. Film Introductions/ Q&A:


All film screenings begin with an introduction by a RIIFF staff member or volunteer, along with mention of Q&A availability with attending filmmakers after the film program.  We will do our best to provide adequate time for post Q&A’s, but depending on runtime, projection, and daily schedules; some Q&A’s may be reduced, cut or held outside the screening hall.


14. Horror Festival:


Flickers hosts an annual horror festival in October.  A separate submission and entry fee is required for consideration in the horror festival competition. Please download an application form from our Competitions page.


14a. Flickers North Country Film Festival:


Flickers produces the annual North Country Film Festival in late September / early-October in northern New Hampshire. Programming is created from films that played the August RIIFF and entries from the tri-state regions of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. This event has a sidebar that has a focus on Veteran's issues and concerns. Our partner in the production of this event is the Brattleboro Retreat in VT.


15. Travel to Rhode Island:



Amtrak Information, 800-USA-RAIL.
• Providence Station, 401-727-7379
• Kingston Station, 401-783-2913
• Westerly Station, 401-596-2355

Amtrak also offers ACELA Express Northeast service – service from Boston-Providence-New Haven-New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore and Washington D.C. ACELA travels up to 150 mph with travel time from New York to Providence in 2-1/2 hours and Providence to Boston in less than 30 minutes.



It may be the smallest state, but it has a lot to offer. And the train is the perfect way to explore the length and breadth of Rhode Island. Travel on the Northeast Regional and save 30% with our "Visit Rhode Island" offer, available through December 19, 2013. (see booking details).


Visit Providence, a hotbed of commerce, culture, history and fine eateries. Hop back on the train and visit beautiful Westerly, Kingston, Wickford Village or downtown Providence, Be sure to bring a camera for your leisurely stroll at these great destinations as you capture their fine architecture and charm.


Click here to get to the discount site for Amtrak.


16. Additional Discounts and Offers:



Rent a car from Enterprise for a special rate

Once in Providence, or before you arrive, contact our friends at Enterprise for a great Film Festival rate!


Please note that the additional driver fee of $10.00 is waived, and the $25.00 fee for drivers 21-25. We do not have a Sunday drop downtown, but we do have spots at Amtrak if they leave on the train. The branch can review the drop off procedures with the renter if they need that option. The discount is good at all locations in RI and SE MA, and we offer free pickup for anybody staying at a hotel in Providence , Warwick , or beyond.



Travelers can receive special discounts for rental cars through Enterprise by calling "1-800-RENT-ACAR" and using discount code 49B4153, PIN Code INT



Tel.: 401/861.4408

For Hyperlink, please click here


Use the following: Coupon # 49B4153/Password: INT


zip car

This is the second year for our relationship with Zip Car.


Zip Car has become a popular option for this looking for time-limited car usage.


For those of you who are members with Zip Car or are interested in using their services, the local branch office is located at


65 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02891.

Their telephone number is 401/405.1533.


Let them know you are with the Fest!



Then you should check out details about the amenities at our State Airport.


The Theodore Francis Green Airport is located in Warwick, RI and is not in Providence. Indeed, it is approximately 10 miles away from the core city, or if you are driving, about 18 minutes. It is not a quick walk away.


Check out the ways you can come into the city, either by renting a car (see Enterprise above) use your Zip Car option, take Amtrak, or look for a hotel shuttle.


Make a point of planning out your trip in advance and it will make your visit to the Ocean State that much more enjoyable and hassle free.


Click on the link below to learn more about our Airport:




17. Accessing Rhode Island Press and Media:


We have received many emails and telephone calls about how to maximize the press coverage for your film's exhibition in Rhode Island. We have an up-to-date Excel spread sheet compiled by our staff, which you can access, click here. If you'd like a copy of the Media list, click here.


Questions? write us at <tbrelsfo@film-festival.org>


The RIIFF staff is here to help you any way we can. One of the things we've learned is that it is best to niche out your work to area reviewers and writers. For example: Do not send everything to the film critic when you might be better served by contacting the religious, music, sports, etc. writers.


We can definitely help you with this type of targeting. Additionally, we will post as much as we can on our website and distribute releases for you electronically to the media.



Office: 83 Park Street

Providence, RI 02903

T: 401/861-4445 (f): 401/490-6735

General Information: info@film-festival.org


• Photos courtesy Mary Hanley


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