At this year's smash hit event on Sunday, March 2nd, the Red Carpet Experience: Providence, thrilled attendees at the sell-out event learned first-had who were the winners of 86th Academy Awards.
Two films with Rhode Island connections won the coveted Oscar®:
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed (Documentary Short), won Best Documentary Short; which was screened at RIIFF.
Additionally, Rhode Island's own Jennifer Lee won for Best Animated Film, Disney's "Frozen." (The film also picked up a "Best Original Song" Oscar® for "Let It Go."
Our sincere congratulations to all the winners. What an evening and what memories!
RIIFF EXPO-d 2014
It was a really busy week as we participated in business expos in Newport, RI and New York City. The Newport Expo drew over a 1,000 participants and the GLBT Expo at the Javit's Center in New York drew over 30,000 folks. Both events were great successes and we introduced the 2014 Poster design by Michael Chevalier of Linchpin, receiving great feedback and support.
Joce Donaghue of the RIIFF Board and Shawn Quirk, Festival Program Director, at our booth at the Annual Newport County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.
Our team at the Javit's Center in Manhattan for the Annual GLBT Expo where we host the Video Lounge with our friends from the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org). Each year, the Festivals bring together a unique team of collaborators who help curate the Lounge, making for an entertaining and enlightening afternoon. From cutting edge new work, filmmaker interviews, live musical performances, fashion, comedy, dance and even a “You Be the Judge” program where you can select the films that will play at the Festivals, the Video Lounge has
become an entertainment mainstay of the Expo.
After the Expo, our team headed to lower Manhattan to the Cozy Dinner for a relaxing meal and a bit of R&R. Great sports all: Timothy Haggerty our Technical Director; Carol Conley (our food guide) from the RI Film and Television Office; Lawrence J. Andrade, Flickers Board; and Shawn Quirk our Program Director holding a dessert for his wife, Katie (who was good enough to let him come with us to play in the Big Apple.)
FESTIVAL PARTNERSHIP MOVING FORWARD IN 2014
In 2010, we initiated the creation of the New England Film Festival Alliance (NEFFA) with our sister festivals of Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard. This Alliance brings the sponsorship of three festivals in one simplified transaction, offering an even larger audience, more film and year-round opportunities.
For the first time in film festival history a corporate sponsor can economize their sponsorship dollar and expand their reach within the region of New England. NEFFA has put together a sponsorship package that provides significant visibility among attendees and media through and throughout their partnership.
The New England Film Festival Alliance brings together three film festivals in New England; Martha’s Vineyard, Woods Hole and the entire state of Rhode Island with the opportunity to reach 40,000 affluent and educated people annually who align themselves with the celebrities, artists, the art of film making and the lifestyle of these destinations. We attract the beauties, the hunks, the comics, the legends...the most cutting edge of talent. One festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Movie Maker Magazine name another festival the top 25 coolest film festivals of 2009 and this internationally renowned vacation destination has attracted numerous American Presidents, world dignitaries and intellectuals of all types.
The New England Film Festival Alliance looks forward to growing throughout New England in the years to come.
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