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RIIFF Goes to the Oscars®

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival hosts retrospective screenings of Oscar shorts at venues throughout the state of Rhode Island.

 

 

There are literally thousands of film festivals worldwide but only 19 of them have a rather unique accolade; they are nominating Festivals for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in both the short film and documentary short division. The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is one of these 19 Festivals and the only Festival in New England with this distinction. RIIFF has seen 38 films nominated that premiered at the Festival and to date, there have seven Academy wins.

 

Every year, the RIIFF kicks off its annual August Festival with an opening night program that salutes the art of the short film. Every year, several of these films have ended up receiving Oscar® nominations. In 2014, four Festival films were nominated with one win. And in 2015, five films have been nominated with the winner(s) to be announced on Sunday, February 22nd at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

 

In celebration of this year’s Oscar® nominations, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, in collaboration with the RI Film & Television Office, will be presenting a special collection of Oscar® nominated short films that have screened at RIIFF over the past 19 years. This program, called “From the Vaults: RIIFF Goes to the Oscars®,” will take place from Monday, February 18th through Saturday, February 21st.

 

Going into its vaults, RIIFF will be presenting a retrospective of some of these amazing Oscar® nominees, winners and even films that made the Academy short-list. The program will be hosted at The Rogers Free Library and Roger Williams University, both in Bristol, the Kingston Free Library in Kingston, plus the Rochambeau and the Providence Public Libraries in Providence. All screenings will be free to the general public.

 

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight some of our best films from years past as we approach Oscar Night®. Thanks to the RI Film and Television Office for making it possible to share some of the world’s greatest short films with our local Rhode Island community” said Michael Drywa, Esq, RIIFF Advisory Board President.

 

“FROM THE VAULTS: RIIFF GOES TO THE OSCARS®” SCHEDULE:

Date: Wednesday, February 18th

Location: Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:30 p.m.

 

Date: Thursday, February 19th

Location: Roger Williams University, Global Heritage Hall, Room 01, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI Hosted by the RWU Film Production Club

Time: 3:30 p.m.

 

Date: Thursday, February 19th

Location: Rochambeau Library, Community Room, 708 Hope Street, Providence, RI

Time: 6:30 p.m.

 

Date: Saturday, February 21st

Location: Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Time: 1:30 p.m.

 

Date: Saturday, February 21st

Location: Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kinston Road, Kingston, RI

Time: 3:00 p.m.

 

These are all Free Events

 

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FILMS SCHEDULED TO BE SCREENED:

 

The Dam Keeper |Directed by Robert Kondo and Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi | 26 min. USA, (Animation)

A short film that tells the tale of a young pig with an important job, and a new classmate who changes everything. The short film blends traditional hand-drawn animation with digital painting techniques to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi's celebrated painting style to life. In a desolate future, one small town has survived because of a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. The dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning and protect the town, despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change.

 

The Bigger Picture | Directed by Daisy Jacobs | 8 min. United Kingdom (Animation)

Tensions arise between two brothers as their elderly mother requires more care.

 

The Phone Call | Directed by Mat Kirkby | 21 min. United Kingdom

“The Phone Call” follows Heather, (played by Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins), a shy lady who works at a helpline call centre. When Heather receives a phone call from a mystery man (played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent) she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever

 

My Father's Truck (XE TAI CUA BO) | Directed by Mauricio Osaki | 15 min. Vietnam

“My Father's Truck” is a part coming-of-age, part road film about 10-year-old Mai Vy as she skips school one day to help her father with his passenger truck for hire.

 

Baghdad Messi |Directed by Sahim Omar KalifaIraq | 19 min. United Arab Emirates/Belgium

Little Hamoudi age 10 is totally obsessed with football. Just as the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC Barcelona-Manchester United. The long awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi's television breaks down...

 

This unique selection of short films will be featured in conjunction with Flickers’ annual Red Carpet Experience: Providence taking place at The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI, Sunday, February 22nd. This year’s focus is a celebration of the Centenary of legendary actor, Anthony Quinn.

 

Red Carpet Experience: Providence guests may feel like stars themselves from a red carpet entrance photographed by paparazzi, interviews by reporters from ABC6, a welcoming reception celebrating this year’s Producer Circle Awards, amazing hors d'oeuvres and beverages, live music, silent auction, a gourmet dinner, unforgettable desserts and of course a screening of the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

 

The Honorary Chairs for the event are Steven Feinberg, Executive Director/RI Film & Television Office and Michael Drywa, Esq. RIIFF Advisory Board President. Hosts for the evening are Doreen Scanlon and Mark Curtis of ABC6.

 

Benefiting Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Red Carpet Experience: Providence celebration will be held at The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale online below or by calling 401.861.4445.

 

The cost is $100 for tickets. Order now. Red Carpet Experience: Providence tickets make for a great gift and the Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a wonderful escape from the winter blues.

 

Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 

 

For more information about the Red Carpet Experience: Providence, click here.


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