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spotlightSpotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition Returns

Contest Seeks Screenplays Showcasing the Spirit of Rhode Island Opening Soon!

 

• download the entry form, click here

 

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting entries for its annual Spotlight on RI Screenplay Competition from November 1 to December 21. The Festival invites talented screenwriters from around the world to submit screenplays that focus on the spirit and character of Rhode Island.

 

Scripts must be submitted by mail to RIIFF, PO Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. A filled out copy of the entry form must be submitted along with the script. Digital copies will also be accepted.

 

The winning screenplay will be placed in the hands of producers and industry professionals who have the power to take the script to full-scale production. The winner will also be promoted to the film & television industry by the Rhode Island Film Office and FLICKERS, as well as receiving an all-access RIIFF Pass for 2014 including the ScriptBiz Screenwriters Workshop.


The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2013. For more information, click here

 

December 15th

Conducting Conversations...

Featuring RIIFF Executive Director, George T. Marshall

"Conducting Conversations," on Classical Radio WCRI 95.9 FM, presented by Roberts Musical Instruments and Dr. Michael Sullo Art: This Sunday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 PM join host Mike Maino for an hour of music and conversation with RIIFF's Executive Director. The program gives a behind the scenes look at the guests' background, interests, special projects, and how music and the arts has impacted their lives. Tonight's program will focus on the music of composer, Howard Shore.

 

URL link to WCRI: http://classical959.com/

 

JAC

December 19th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

SEASON SHORTS: Holiday Program

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2013 festival. This month we celebrate the Holiday season with an amazing and powerful program of short films that were discovered at RIIFF this past August. The JAC program this month is one not to miss!

 

The Amber Amulet | 22 min. | Directed by Matthew Moore

The Masked Avenger can make things happen. Though at 10 he is considered young for a justice fighter he has already proved himself highly effective in the pursuit of peace. He has discovered powers that are locked inside gems and minerals and uses them to keep Franklin Street safe. But something is wrong in the house at the end of the street. There is a woman in trouble. When The Masked Avenger leaves a 'happiness questionnaire' in her letterbox a series of events are set in motion that no one could predict. This is the story of a superhero, a beagle, an amber amulet and the potential that is locked inside all of us.

 

Baby, Is It Warm in Here? | 4 min. | Directed by Jared White

A lighthearted parody of the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Jacob DeMonte-Finn & Avital Ash star in this musical comedy about a women stuck on a not-so-hot blind date. When she tries to end the evening gracefully, she’s rebuffed by her cheerfully lecherous suitor because, well, “baby, it’s cold outside.”

 

Eideann | 5 min. | Directed by ÁLVARO GRANADOS

Setting in the XIV Century, Eideann is the story of how a courageous shepherd from the Highland of Scotland and one of the sheep of his flock become the pioneers of one of the most popular entertainments of our days.

 

Maple Syrup | 1 min. | Directed by Yoshino Aoki

A girl traveled back from Canada opens her suitcase at home and finds something unexpected...

 

Rocketship | 15 min. | Directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo

An unlikely bond is forged between a lonely boy and an elderly man claiming to be a former astronaut. Together, they transform a vintage vacuum cleaner into a rocketship for a surprising journey.

 

Snowman and the Snowdog | 24 min. | Directed by Hilary Audus

A young boy finds a box under the floorboards containing a hat, scarf and some coal - a snowman making kit! It snows and he builds a Snowman and a Snowdog. That night they come to life and take him on a wonderful adventure. As dawn breaks they fly home, but before the boy returns to bed a magical surprise awaits him...

 

Walking the Dogs | 27 min. | Directed by Jeremy Brock

A Buckingham Palace guard attending to Queen Elizabeth's room takes her dogs for a walk and while he's away an intruder breaks in for a chat with the monarch. WALKING THE DOGS is based on Michael Fagan incident in 1982. Featuring Russel Tovey and Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks")

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

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21 décembre

Le jour le plus Court dans le monde

(The Shortest Day)

shortestDecember 21st is a symbolic day: the day of the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, celebrated by many civilizations as the day of renewal. It is the perfect day to celebrate short films, an important speciality of Flickers, which greatly contribute to the renewal of audiovisual creations.

 

Through extended collaborations with both The Alliance Française de Providence and The Consulat Général de France à Boston, Flickers is proud to bring The Shortest Day to venues across Rhode Island. In it’s third year of existence, The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court) is a global French film festival organized by the CNC, Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée (the National Center of Cinematography and Moving Image). This year, Flickers will showcase "The Shortest Day" program in the only 3 venues within the United States (all in Rhode Island) and one of three in North America! (See the Global list of participants) Flickers will be the only organization representing the United States on this special day of short film screenings across the Globe.

 

belge“We are very excited to be partnering with Flickers for the third edition of The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court). As part of the Consulate’s cultural mission, we actively promote all types of cinema and we place great importance in showcasing French short films to the greater public. While all too often under-estimated or overlooked, the short film is a vibrant and thriving format in the world of cinema today, and it deserves a great deal of recognition.” Eric Jasserman, chargé de mission artistique, Consulat Général de France à Boston."

 

Le Jour le plus Court is a chance to discover the great directors of today and tomorrow.

What Are the Goals of Le Jour le plus Court?

 

• Promote short films to the general public.
• Popularize showing these films on all screens and in all venues.
• Encourage amateur work and contribute to cultural democratization.
• Develop the essential role of networks and associations that work all year long to program and promote short films.

 

• To Visit the Official Website, click here

 

This year's locations & times:

12:30 p.m. - Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903,

(401) 455-8000 • Map It

 

1:00 p.m. - Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St, Bristol, RI 02809, (401) 253-6948 • Map It

 

7:00 p.m. - Alliance Française de Providence, 928 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908, (401) 272-6243 • Map It

All screenings are free and open to the general public!

 

• For the full news release and a list of the films being screened, click here

 

December 5th

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FETE DU CINEMA

FLICKERS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Flickers and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

Join us as we ring in the holidays in style at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, RI. Raise a toast. Sample exquisite desserts from Russell Morin Fine Catering. Mingle with friends. Share memories of the Festival. Discover some of the amazing new films that we'll be screening in 2014 and learn which of our films are on the Academy Shortlist.

 

Learn more, click here...

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013

Location: Museum of Work & Culture, 42 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $50.00 • Please bring your e-ticket with you for our raffle drawing of a full Festival pass.

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November 21st

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: Films that Provoke

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2013 festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF this past August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!

 

A Life with Asperger's | 4 min. | Directed by Jaime Ekkens.

'A Live with Aspberger's' is an animated documentary that explores the challengers of growing up and living with Asperger's Syndrome. It is a voice over narrative that demonstrates that Asperger's is not simply 'being a little awkward', rather it is about adapting to one's limitations in the face of anxiety and isolation. The technique is a collage of photography, rotoscope, animated characters and live action footage.

 

Camp Story | 26 min. | Directed by David Levy.

A poor city kid volunteers at a summer camp, and discovers a whole new world, in this 27-minute animated documentary film by David B. Levy.

 

Change Over Time | 7 min. | Directed by Ewan Duarte.

CHANGE OVER TIME is an animated, experimental, personal documentary about the film-maker's first year on testosterone from an impressionistic and poetic perspective. The filmmaker asks himself the questions, what kind of man will I become? What emotional and soul changes will I experience during my first year on testosterone?

 

Mohammed's Birds | 28 min. | Directed by Mohammed AlAwadi.

Driven by his new passion for birds, the filmmaker travels around New England meeting different bird enthusiasts while raising his own birds at his apartment above an aquarium store.

 

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution | 14 min. | Directed by Matthew Van Dyke.

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution tells the story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been turned upside down and torn apart by war.

 

Old Man | 6 min. | Directed by Leah Shore.

For more then 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate to the outside world. Until now. These are actual never before heard phone conversations between Canadian best selling author Marlin Marynick and Charles Manson.

 

The Rider and the Storm | 15 min. | Directed by David Darg.

Timmy Brennan is a New York iron worker who escapes the grind of the city through his true passion, surfing. But when Superstorm Sandy destroys his home in Breezy Point, Timmy loses everything - including his board. As Timmy digs through the ruins of his home day after day trying to recover lost possessions he is met with the kindness of strangers and finds solace once again on the ocean.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

 

 

November 12, 13 & 17th:

RWU Film and Speaker Series on the Jewish Life Experience

universalFLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its Fall edition of the annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists, announces its 2013 sidebar program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and a guest speaker.

 

These events are free and open to the general public.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th:

FACING FORWARD WHILE LOOKING BACKWARD:

The Jewish Experience Today

6:00 p.m. Location: Mary Tefft White Cultural Center (RWU Library)

 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13th:

IMMUTABLE MEMORIES: The Jewish Experience And The Holocaust

6:00 p.m. Location: GH 01 (Global Heritage Hall)

 

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TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES AND BUILDING BRIDGES

With guest Speaker, Michael Hoberman, Associate Professor of English and Folklore at Fitchburg State University. Hoberman is a dynamic young scholar and author of the 2011 book, New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America.

 

Introduced by the Rev. Nancy Soukup, RWU Multifaith Chaplain

2:30 p.m. Location: MNS 200 (Marine and Natural Sciences Building)

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

For more information and the full programming schedule, click here

 

Eventbrite - Roving Eye: The Jewish Experience Series 

 

The Fall Jewish Experience sidebar of the Roving Eye Festival are presented in partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation, the RWU Department of Communication the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Club, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.

 

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. This event will take place in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Global Heritage Hall and the Marine and Natural Sciences Building.

 

• Click here for a downloadable map of the campus and available parking.

 

 

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• DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP.

 

October 17-20th

Flickers: RI International Horror Film Festival

Now in its 14th ghoulish year! This year's programming promises to be truly amazing with major premieres, forum, our annual HP Lovecraft Walking our and much much more. There will be something for everyone with our expanded programming that will take place across the state. It's four days of horror, murder, mayhem, music and the best independent film work that has been submitted to us from around the globe. Ground zero for this event will once again be the spookily historic Bell Street Chapel Theatre, with additional screenings taking place at the Providence Public Library, the Paff Theatre at the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence, the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Roger Williams University in Bristol, and at the Jamestown Arts Center. Click here to learn more...

 

Friday, October 18th

BEHIND THE CAMERA LENS

behindFrom script to screen, Rhode Island has become the Independent state for film. Starting with the foundation provided by the film and media programs at our colleges and universities, and the unique talent base of creative artists who have made their homes here, the Ocean State has built a reputation as a one-stop film studio. Among such notable filmmakers as Wes Anderson and the Farrelly Brothers, who have made their films within our state, the independent horror genre is steadily becoming an industry standard for RI’s film community.

 

“Behind the Camera Lens,” will showcase Steven Feinberg (“Fortress,” “Peter York,” “Pell Grants: A Passion for Education,) Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, the man behind the state’s high profile within the industry, and filmmaking professionals who have successfully made careers within the industry. Panelists include: Patricia Chica (“La promesse,” “Day Before Yesterday,” “Ceramic Tango,”) an internationally renowned independent filmmaker from Montreal, whose work has received countless awards with the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and other major film festivals worldwide; and, Rhode Island-filmmakers, Anthony Ambrosino and Nick Delmenico whose low-budget horror film, “ALMOST HUMAN” just screened at the Toronto Film Festival and was picked up by IFC Midnight. Serving as hosts for the forum will be Shawn Quirk, Programming Director at RIIFF and Nick Palermo, President of RWU Film Production Club. This is a free event.

 

This program is presented by the RWU Film Production Club and is a free event. Please be sure to register in advance as seating is limited.

Location: Roger Williams Univertsity

Mary Tefft Cultural Center, University Library

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free • Tickets available at the door • Please register in advance by clicking the link below.

Support for the Forum has been provided by the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Club, and the RWU Department of Student Programs and Leadership.

 

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. This event will take place in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.

 

• Click here for a downloadable map of the campus and available parking.

 

Saturday, October 19th:

Sunday, October 20th:

hplovecraftH.P. Lovecraft Literary Walking Tour

lovecraftOne of our most popular events returns: College Hill gets especially eerie around this time each year, when the Rhode Island Historical Society celebrates the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft. This would have been his 123rd year, and his macabre stories are no less chilling for their age: See the spots that inspired Lovecraft to write some of his most horrific tales. Walk the streets he walked, and check out places that he mentioned in works such as "The Call of Cthulhu." Ticket includes admission to film programming of the Horror Film Festival. The tour lasts 90 min.

 

This year, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting two tours during the Festival.

Location: John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, RI

Time: The tour will take place this year on two days: Saturday, October 19th at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, October 20th at 12:00 Noon.

Cost: $18.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening

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September 1 - October 15th:

2013 Online New England Film Festival

RIIFF is once again pleased to be a partner Festival in the 2013 Online New England Film Festival. The Festival will be live from September 1 through October 15, 2013. This year, 28 filmmakers will have their work online that you can screen and judge and 9 festivals are involved as partners. Look for an incredible range of styles and genres. To see this year's award-winning films, click here.

Partner Festivals:

Boston International Film Festival

Boston Student Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival

Green Mountain Film Festival

Maine International Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival

Rhode Island International Film Festival

Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival

Vermont International Film Festival

Women Action & the Media

Woods Hole Film Festival

 

2013 Online New England Film Festival Trailer from Michele Meek on Vimeo

October 9-20th

Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Continue your Festival experience with one of our long-term Festival Partner in Canada. It's their 42nd Edition and one not to be missed.

 

NouveauThe Festival presents daring, one-of-a-kind films from here and abroad, ensuring their success as well as introducing audiences to auteur filmmakers like Atom Egoyan, Marc-André Forcier, Souleymane Cissé, Zacharias Kunuk, Denis Villeneuve, Guy Maddin, Léa Pool, Jim Jarmusch, Jane Campion, Alfonso Cuaron, Wong Kar-wai, Wim Wenders, Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Raymond Depardon. For 42 years now, the Festival du nouveau cinéma has fulfilled its mission with purpose and passion.

 

With an eye to the future and keenly aware of the importance of a solidly established base, the Festival du nouveau cinéma remains determined to expand the horizons of Montreal audiences by showing them original ways of presenting the moving image. Spurred on by its founders Claude Chamberlan and Dimitri Eipidès, the Festival has consistently juxtaposed bold ideas with impeccable taste. It is truly a class act !

 

Our staff will be heading north to support this extraordinary event. See you there!

 

To learn more: www.nouveaucinema.ca

 

Members of 2013 Flickers Youth Film Jury

 

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This year represents the largest group ever for our Youth Film Jury: 27 students from regional high schools are onboard. The program began in 2010 and was created by URI film major, Timothy Mendonca. The torch has been passed and for 2013, Graham H. Carter, a member of the jury for the past two years, is now guiding and mentoring the attendees. Graham is currently studying film at the University of Southern California. The Youth Jury is supported in part through a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation and its Equity Action Fund.

 

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp Wraps!

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Thanks to everyone who made this year such a huge success and of course our amazing campers, all 43 of you. See you at the Red Carpet Premiere on August 10th!

 

 

August 6-11th:

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival

riiff2012The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) ran August 6-11th at venues in Providence, Bristol, Jamestown, Woonsocket and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening 200+ films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracted more than 5,200 entries from around the world. More than 200 filmmakers are expected to descend on the state’s capital city this year. RIIFF is a magnet for those who’ve made short films because it is a qualifying event for the short film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2012, two of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations.

 

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is noted for its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences which have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.

 

Click here to see the Festival Genius Roster of Films

 

• See the online Program Guide

 

Access our mobile app.

 

Click here to see this year's Festival Dedication

 

• Read about this year's Award Winners

 

R.I. International Film Festival showcases top independent films

 

Some of the 2013 highlights included:

• Showcase of films and cultural activities from the Province of Québec celebrating the Jubilé Franco-Américain programming from 1994-2011 and the 19 year partnership with the Délègation du Québec, Boston and Tourism Québec. This year, we introduce the Québec Film Festival!

 

• Return of the Rhode Island Film Forum, on Thursday, August 8th in collaboration with the RI Film & Television Office, the Harrington School of Communication at the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University (click here to learn more)

 

• New focus and thrust for the annual ScriptBiz Screenplay Pitch Seminar and showcase of this year's Grand Prize Screenplay competition winner, Alfred Thomas Catalfo for his screenplay "Betrayed" (click here to learn more).

 

DISCOVER RI: Walking Tour of Providence and film location sites in collaboration with the RI Historical Society and the RI Film & Television Office

 

• Celebrating its 50th Anniversary and a new partnership with the INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de diffusion), the Graduate School of Arts of the French Community of Belgium, one of the Europe's premier film institutes and screening of international student graduate thesis films. http://www.insas.be/;

 

• Partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild and showcase of short film winners of the Emerging Cinematographer Awards presented free at locations in Barrington and Westerly;

 

• Partnership programming of short films from UniFrance;

 

• Select films from New England filmmakers take the stage in partnership with the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival;

 

• Films from Norway, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, China, India, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Lithuania, the UK and many many more -- 51 countries will be represented in all;

 

• Live music programming throughout the Festival by Flickers artists;

 

• A return of the PROVIDENCE underground FILM FESTIVAL with special screenings;

 

• Expanded Youth Film Jury Screenings and programming and new partnership with RI Foundation Equity Action to expand LGBTQ youth participation;

 

FUTURE FILMMAKING: Digital Documentary Bridging Cultures: a free panel discussion and film screening

 

• and much, much more

 

Wednesday-Saturday, August 7-10th

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival

In its 14th year, the LGBTQ Film Festival brings Rhode Island filmgoers a diverse sampling of over 40 international films both made by and made for members of the LGBTQ community. The festival kicks off this year with an opening night filmmaker reception party at the Bell Street Chapel. The event starts at 6 p.m. To see the films playing throughout RIIFF that make up this popular sidebar, click here.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Location: Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $15 for Opening Gala on 8/8 at 8:00 p.m.; $10 regular film admission

This year's beneficiary will be RI Youth Pride

Friday, August 9th:

ScriptBiz Rewired 2013

A day-long workshop that explores how to hone your creative and business skills

Trying to navigate through the Hollywood system?  Tired of receiving rejection after rejection? Got a great idea for a movie script, but don’t know where to begin? Or have you finished that masterpiece, but no clue what to do next?

 

The 17th Annual FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly presents ScriptBiz 2013 Rewired a one-day workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of being a scriptwriter. The program is broken down into two parts: introductory and advanced. The Flickers’ ScriptBiz Program is designed to guide writers not only through the creative process of writing, but ways to promote a screenplay to filmmakers through effective networking with tips on how to make a compelling pitch. For more information, click here

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Friday, August 10, 2012

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: The Providence Chamber of Commerce, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence RI 02903 • t. 401.521.5000

Cost: $85

Sponsors: Sony, Amtrak, Final Draft, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, and the URI Film Media Program

To learn more, click here

 

Saturday, August 10th:

FUTURE FILMMAKING: Digital Documentary Bridging Cultures

A free public symposium examining the impact on filmmaking and storytelling by new technologies. From internet uploads on YouTube to Vimeo to cell phone capture, documentary filmmaking has changed the face of modern news gathering. 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. For more information, click here

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013

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

Location: Metcalf Auditorium, Providence, RI

Cost: $10

Sponsors: URI Film Media Program and the Harrington School of Communications

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July 8-12th:

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

Now in its 15th Year!

KidsEye™ is a fun yet intensive five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-16 presented by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™. Over the course of the last 15 years, the camp has expanded, allowing children to learn more about what it takes to make a movie. We strive to incorporate as much hands-on learning as possible, therefore placing our focus primarily on production. KidsEye™ participants step into the roles of screenwriters, actors, directors and crew, and learn the importance of working as a team. To learn more, please click here.

 

Please note that we limited the number of campers to 35 insuring the best possible experience and student to teacher ratio.

 

Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island and the Harrington School of Communications for their ongoing support!

 

 

June 20th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Cultural Collection

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival.

 

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ASAD (17 min.) From Africa. Grand Prize short winner at the 2012 RIIFF and a 2013 Academy Award short nominee. Directed by Bryan Buckley. An all Somali refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable of a Somali boy struggling to survive in his war-torn homeland.

 

DVA (26 min.) From Germany & Croatia. First Place Best Short winner at the 2012 RIIFF. Directed by Mickey Nedimovic. When two men who are enemies in every way are forced to rely on each other to survive, they must overcome more than just their differences.

 

The Other Side (22 min.) From Israel. Second Place Best short winner at the 2012 RIIFF. Directed by Khen Shalem. A simple soccer ball sparks an unusual between two young boys on either side of the Israeli and Palestinian separation wall. Can this wordless and gaze free relationship overcome the wall's towering presence.

 

Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila (15 min.) From Iran. Directed by Farahnaz Shaifi. A testimonial to the forgotten guerilla participants of the Islamic Revolution of 1978 as well as a love story played out in the midst of this political and social tumult.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

June 14th

SECRET CINEMA

FLICKERS: Providence LGBTQ Film Festival Preview

roleA celebration of the Best of LGBTQ Shorts; plus a sneak peak of a major new film

Films made by, for and about the LGBTQ community take the spotlight in a special celebration preview through a unique partnership among FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Equity Action and the Bell Street Chapel. The preview will feature cutting edge shorts and a sneak peak of a major new film. This year the LGBTQ festival during RIIFF in August is screening over 40 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, gay marriage to military policy. To read more about the event, click here...

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Friday June 14, 2013

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence, RI

Cost: $10 donation; $8 for RIIFF members. Tickets available at the door.

Contact 401-861-4445 for more information.

June 8th

"YOU BE THE JUDGE"

FRENCH SHORT MOVIE FESTIVAL

judgeFlickers is excited to announce a very special French edition of our popular "You Be The Judge" program which will hosted at the Alliance Francaise de Providence, 928 Smith Street, Providence, RI Our team has put together an amazing package of French films that have been submitted this summer to the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Not only will viewers be able to get a sneak peak at what "may" screen this summer, but also a cinematic view of the sights and sounds of France. This popular program allows those attending to help the Flickers team choose which films will play the August Festival. And it's FREE! To learn more, click here.

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

Date: Saturday June 8, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Alliance Française de Providence 928 Smith Street - Providence, RI 02908

Contact: (401) 272-6243 for more information.

Cost: This is a Free Event!

RIIFF PSA Nominated for a New England Emmy Award

 

emmyFLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has been nominated for a New England Emmy Award. The Board of Governors of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences notified Flickers about the nomination in the category of Public Service Announcement (PSA) – Single Spot in the 36th Annual Boston/New England Emmy competition. This marks the eleventh time video work produced by Flickers has gone on to be nominated for Emmy Awards. There have been four wins.

 

This year’s Emmy nomination is for “Truth” a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that explores the world of Cinema and Art and how it can be found at the 16th annual Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). The 30-second spot was directed by filmmaker William Smyth of Rhode Island-based vacilando films and shot in New York City. George T. Marshall of Flickers was the Executive Producer. It aired on Cox Communications, July 16-August 12, 2012.

 

“We are very proud to be in such excellent company with this nominations and grateful for the recognition of our promotion for the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. Kudos to the amazing director, William Smyth who share in this nomination,” said Michael Drywa, Esq., Flickers Advisory Board President.

 

The 36th Boston / New England Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, June 1st, 2012 at Marriott Boston Copley Place in Boston, Mass.

 

Spotlight on RI Screenplay Competition Winners Announced

filmmediaFLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is pleased to announce the winners for this year’s Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition. This was the second year for Competition that invited screenwriters from around the world to submit their original screenplays set in Rhode Island that features the state’s geography and demography as characters.

 

rachelThis year’s winner, “Fix You Up” by Rachel Smith, tells the story of Rory, a workaholic transplant surgeon who cares more about the organs she operates on than the people they belong to. When she breaks her wrist and is out of work, she meets Grace, a spirited musician, who forces Rory to question her choices in life and love.

 

Rachel Smith is a native Rhode Islander who was born in Providence and raised in Hope. She has a love for the Atlantic Ocean, local brew, fresh seafood, and storytelling. She wrote her first play when she was seven and went on to graduate from the Honors Program and the University of RI with a double major in creative writing and film studies. She left New England to study screenwriting at London Film School where "Fix You Up" was developed.

 

The Grand Prize script will receive five free pitches to Hollywood studios and producers on VirtualPitchfest.com and a copy of Final Draft 8 screenwriting software as well as receive an all-access RIIFF pass for 2013 including the ScriptBiz Screenwriters Workshop.

 

Two additional awards were also made in the First Place Division with a tie in the category: "Bare,” written by Mike Ryan (Providence, RI) and "Running Men" by Jeff Kimball (Fairfield, Connecticut). They have been invited to be guests of the Festival at this year’s ScriptBiz Screenwriters Workshop, August 9th during the annual FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival.

 

Winners Announced!

 

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This year's awards for top films at the 8th Annual Roving Eye International Film Festival have been released. Xuan Nguyen, a member of the Roger Williams University class, Curation and Film Festival Production which developed this year's Festival, made the announcement at the closing day festivities: (for more, click here)

• Best Narrative Short: "Calcutta Taxi" | Vikram Dasgupta

• Roving Eye Ambassador Award: "Vergeben - Vergessen" | Nicolas Greinacher

• Best Feature Film: "Exquisite Corpse Project" | Ben Popik

• Best Documentary: "Water Fire: Art and Soul of a City" | Joe Rocco

• Best Short Documentary: "20MALEGAYNYC" | Blake Pruitt

May 18th

giveme5GIVE ME 5: RI Teen Film Festival

The Rhode Island Film and Television Office, in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Education Program, the Rhode Island Arts Learning Network, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Harrington School of Communications and Media, announces the fourth annual "Give Me Five" youth film showcase on Saturday, May 18th, 2013.

 

Teen filmmakers from around Rhode Island will showcase and discuss their 5-minute(or less) films, and receive feedback from a professional panel. Featured films this year have been selected from students at: Beacon Charter School (Woonsocket), Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick), Everett Company (Providence), LaSalle Academy (Providence), Metropolitan Career & Technical Center (Providence), Portsmouth High School, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (Providence), and Westerly High School.

 

This year's discussion panel will include Steven Feinberg (Director of the RI Film and Television Office in the Rhode Island Department of Administration); Rob Gray (Screen Actors' Guild); Josephine Sittenfeld (RISD faculty); and Alex Watrous (former GiveMe5 participant and now of Watrous Brothers Productions).

Location: Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence

Time: 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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May 16th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Shorts With a Twist

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival.

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A Conversation about Cheating with My Time Traveling Future Self | Pornsak Pichetshote | 8 min. USA, 2012

An amalgam of genres, 'A Conversation about Cheating with my Time-Traveling Future Self' blends sci-fi, drama, comedy, and epiphanies. It follows Stan, a man with a hidden and underutilized talent--the ability to travel back in time. And yet despite his abilities, he's still dissatisfied with life. Until one night when he's approached by a future version of himself, one clad in an expensive suit and telling him there's only one way to truly make his life better: By cheating on his girlfriend. A heated conflict leads to questions about fate, fidelity, and love as one man passionately argues with himself in a theater piece that could only be accomplished on film.

 

A Good Thing | Mark Tobey | 22 min. USA, 2011

An isolated elderly couple struggles to maintain their faith as the fear of an elusive killer sweeps the region of their lonely desert outpost.

 

Julien | Matthew Moore | 13 min. Australia, 2011

Set in a year 4 classroom in 1981 Julian explores a day in the life of a 9 year old boy. Julian's need to speak his truth and his strong urge to do what he thinks is right begins to unravel his world. Throughout the day Julian is forced to deal with a bully, an impatient teacher turning a blind eye and a Principal with a secret. As Julian faces these challenges we begin to see the qualities that will inform the man he is to become.

 

La Media Pena | Sergio Barrejon | 14 min. Spain, 2011

An executive is on the point of committing suicide in his office early one morning. Just as he is about to pull the trigger, he is unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of the cleaning lady. He can think of nothing better to do than hide... and spy on her.

 

ABGESTEMPELT (Punched) | Michael Rittmannsberger | 11 min. Austria, 2012

After being checked by the police, a young father of Arabic origin fails to explain the situation to his son - unaware that the most inexplicable happenings were yet to come...

 

Ubuntu (The Runner) | Parker Ellerman | 12 min. Germany/South Africa, 2011

How far can we go in the pursuit of our goals? It is one of these universal questions that is raised by our film's story. The answer is never easy to find. And doing the right thing sometimes clashes with our personal motives and needs. UBUNTU tells the story of a ten-year-old-boy in a township in Cape Town. . He decides to head to the city in order to get some money for his mother's urgent surgery. The lesson the boy in our film has to learn is universal: you cannot do something bad to achieve something good. The lead is played by 10-year old Cwangco Mayekiso who actually lives in the Gugulethu township.

 

The Voorman Project | Mark Gill | 13 min. United Kingdom, 2011

Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr. Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The Doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman - is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the Doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman's claims: why would a god choose to be strait jacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium?

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

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April 14-19 & 28, 2013

Eighth Annual Roving Eye Film Festival

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its eighth annual Roving Eye Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrates the film arts from across the globe. All programming is curated by RWU students from current entries to RIIFF. Along with shorts and documentaries, this year's Festival will feature guest speakers and panels, plus animation, Latin-American, Asian and student film sidebars. All screenings, unless otherwise noted, will be free and open to the public . Screenings will take place at the Global Heritage Hall and the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

 

Click here for full details on the event

Click here for the programming schedule

Click here to learn about the people behind the event

 

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Enter the campus via the front gate passing Campus Security.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Enter the campus via the front gate passing Campus Security.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. Events will take place in the Global Heritage Hall and the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.

 

Look for signage noting "Event Parking."

 

April 18th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Spaceship Earth

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival.

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Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

Breaking News:

 

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FLICKERS SUPPORTING CREATION OF NEW DOCUMENTARY ON THE "FOUNDATION OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RELIEF OF CHILDREN" (FIMRC) IN COSTA RICA AND NICARAGUA

 

We could not be more proud to be providing equipment, guidance and technical support for an important new documentary project that centers on the Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children. The shoot and ethnographic project will take place January 5-19th.

 

FIMRC is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to improving pediatric and maternal health in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a autumnmultidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs. Founded in 2002, FIMRC is incorporated in Washington, DC and headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The FIMRC team includes over 3,000 dedicated staff and volunteers worldwide who provide the leadership and support necessary to achieve a mission of improving access to health care for children in underserved communities. To learn more, click here

 

Over the next two weeks, Roger Williams University Professor Autumn Quezada-Grant along with Sophomore Communications and Film Studies Major, Nick Palermo (a Flickers Production Associate Intern) will be interviewing participants and organizers in FIMRC sites in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Initial shooting for his project began last year in El Salvador. The documentary will focus on public health, social justice and community partnerships at FIMRC sites in Central America.

 

The work will screen at this year's Roving Eye Film Festival in April.

 

Nick will be posting a daily blog that can be followed by clicking here

 

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RWU Film & Speaker Series on Jewish Life Experience Concludes...

The verdict is in: the three events held on November 13, 15 & 18th that focused on the Jewish experience during the past 70 years through short films, documentary, and media was a huge success. From smart programming to capacity crowds, the series was a powerful reminder of the power of the human spirit. The event was developed through a partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation, the Bernhardt Foundation,

the RWU Communication Department, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.

 

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Viola Davis at The Vets

 

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Rhode Island’s own Viola Davis came home to celebrate education. On October 7th,
Davis made a special appearance at Veterans Memorial Auditorium for a red carpet fundraiser to support the Central Falls High School Drama Club and the Segue Institute for Learning. The event included a screening of Davis’ new film, Won’t Back Down. The Rhode Island Film and Television Office, The Rhode Island International Film Festival and Veterans Memorial Auditorium worked tigether in making the event a reality.

 

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Photos by George T. Marshall

 

FLICKERS RI INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM AWARDS FOR 13TH SEASON

The eerie, macabre and bizarre in the world of cinema were given their due with the wrap of the 13th Annual Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival through adjudicated awards. From an entry base of 461 submissions featuring work from 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Georgia and the United States. 63 films were screened during the cinematic symphony of horror, October 25-28th at Roger Williams University, the Paff Theatre at the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, the Bell Street Chapel Theatre, the Jamestown Arts Center, Fort Adams State Park and the Providence Public Library. Attending this year were the cast and crew from 6 of the international films screened during the Festival including "Towers,” “The Thing on the Doorstep,” “Franky and the Ant,” “Exhumed,” and “Fallout” for their premieres, along with directors and producers Jet Wintzer, Tom Gliserman, Will Severin, Derek Dubois, Billy Hayes, and Richard Griffin... (Click here to read more and see the list of winners)

 

KidsEye Campers Meet Star of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

 

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Robert Capron Visits KidsEye at the University of Rhode Island

 

We were thrilled to bring in actor (and Rhode Island native) Robert Capron (of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Three Stooges, and the upcoming Frankenweenie) to meet our 39 campers at this year's KidsEye Summer Filmmaking Camp. The actor met with our campers in the Atrium at the URI Memorial Union. Robert discussed his acting history, answered questions, signed autographs, and offered advice to these up-and-coming film industry stars!

 

Our campers could not have been happier as this photo attests.

 

Thanks Robert!

 

Thank you! This year was amazing!

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RIIFF at the 20th Original GLBT Expo!

 

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RIIFF at the Newport Chamber of Commerce Business Expo!

 

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March 21st

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

From the Emerald Isle

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival.

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Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

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La Francophonie en Nouvelle-Angleterre

Mais Oui! Come and join us to celebrate the diversity of the French-speaking world! Discover, Listen, Taste, Learn, Dance, Speak, Wonder! From the shores of North Africa to the coasts of Québec and from Haïti to New Hampshire and Rhode Island, you will travel through many cultures, but the common language is French!

 

March 15th

Québec-Cinéma

In collaboration with the Maison Internationale du Rhode Island, the Délégation Générale du Québec à Boston and the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, l’Alliance Française de Providence is organizing a Festival de Film québécois (Quebecois shorts and feature-length films). The festival’s opening evening includes a reception with participants in la Francophonie celebration.

 

Tonight's Program:

J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother). Directed by Xavier Dolan, 2009

Twenty-year old Xavier Dolans debut feature film about a just-out-of-the-closet teenagers contempt for his mother. Dolan writes, directs and stars in this semiautobiographical tale.

 

 

Location: La Maison internationale du Rhode Island, 8 Stimson Avenue, Providence

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: http://www.afprovidence.org/

Directions: http://www.afprovidence.org/about_us/cont.html

 

March 16th

Québec-Cinéma

In collaboration with the Maison Internationale du Rhode Island, the Délégation Générale du Québec à Boston and the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, l’Alliance Française de Providence is organizing a Festival de Film québécois (Quebecois shorts and feature-length films).

 

Today's 4:00 p.m. Program:

En terrains connus (Familiar Grounds). Directed by Stéphane Lafleur, 2010
Maryse and her husband Alain live an existence without history in their suburban home, where they try to sell their shovel. The life of Benedict's brother, Maryse, is a bit more complicated: he lives with his ailing father, has a difficult relationship with a single mother and has to meet a man who claims to be from the future, and wants to warn about an impending accident. To help his sister, he went with her family cottage where they must retrieve a trailer. Those few hours spent together will enable them to get closer.

 

 

 

Tonight's 7:00 p.m. Program:

Mr Lazhar. Directed by Philippe Farlardeu, 2011

Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life.

 

 

Location: La Maison internationale du Rhode Island, 8 Stimson Avenue, Providence

Time: 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: http://www.afprovidence.org/

Directions: http://www.afprovidence.org/about_us/cont.html

March 12th:

ncccFlickers at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Join us at this wonderful outreach event at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island in Newport Harbor. We will be introducing this year's new poster design and have our graphics team, led by Michael J. Chevalier, onboard to share some of their work. We will be giving away passes to this year's Festival and even offer a raffle prize of a full Festival Pass. The time for the Expo is 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. EXPO 2013 showcases all that Newport County and the East Bay businesses have to offer. There will be hundreds of fabulous door prizes, plus free samples and souvenirs and live music. Over 100 businesses will be featuring products and services available throughout Newport County and the East Bay. Take advantage of Hassle Free parking and use the Viking Trolley from the FREE parking are at the Gateway Center. The Trolley will run every 15 minutes.

Location: Newport Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa, Goat Island, Newport

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $3.00 • FREE to Chamber members and their employees. Tickets available at the door

March 10th

Québec-Cinéma

The Museum of Work & Culture in collaboration with The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival will present "You be the Judge." The program director of RIIFF, Shawn Quirk, will be present to discuss the art of the short film, and what festivals look for when accepting films. During the screening, the audience will vote for their favorite Québécois short film (with English sub-titles), and the film that earns the most votes will go on to be accepted for official competition in this year’s festival. The public is invited to come and see what Québec cinéma has to offer and help discover the new voices of independent cinema!

Location: Museum of Work & Culture, 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket 02895

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: Anne Conway - aconway@rihs.org

Directions: http://rihs.org/museums_mwc.html

March 9-10th

The 20th Original GLBT Expo

The GLBT Expo Video Lounge produced annually by the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (http://www.film-festival.org) and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org) is a great way to be introduced to the art and artists who reflect the modern LGBTQ experience. 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, 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.

 

videoloungeStephen Flynn of Long Island and George T. Marshall of Rhode Island have shared a long history of friendship and collaboration. They have been able to draw in the exceptional talents of Ryan Janek Wolowski (MTV), Neal Bennington (Broadway Pride), Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz, making for two days of non-stop entertainment. Add to the mix the cinematic vision of emerging visual artists, and it becomes easy to understand the popularity of the Lounge for those attending the Expo.

 

This year RIIFF will be raffling a travel package to the City of Providence (lodging, meals and entertainment) courtesy of our friends at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Gift Certificates to business in the city of Newport, courtesy of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce; and RIIFF Opening Night VIP Passes good for August 6th!

 

The Video Lounge is a great place to network, discover new work, learn about the industry and ultimately support emerging new LGBTQ talent. Last year, the lounge was packed on both days during the Expo -- an event which draws over 27,000 attendees. Don’t miss it this year.

 

The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, W. 38th & 11th Avenue, NYC. Click here for a link to learn about the Expo.

 

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Sunday, February 24th

RIIFF Hosts the Oscar® Experience: Providence

Celebrate the 85th Academy Awards in style at The Vets, Providence

 

The Oscar® Experience: Providence is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots program that enables not-for-profit charities to host glamorous parties while raising much needed funds. In 2013, the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has again been selected to host Rhode Island’s only officially sanctioned party by the Academy; one of only 45 official parties throughout the country. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. First-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement.

 

Our elegant evening is once again chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. WLNE, ABC6 is the media sponsor and will be providing live coverage for our Red Carpet entrance to the event. Our hosts for the evening: Doreen Scanlon and Mark Curtis.

 

FUN FACT:

MacFarlane is best known for his envelope-pushing animated TV shows "American Dad" and "Family Guy," a cartoon set in the fictional Quahog, Rhode Island. He is also a nominee this year for the film "Ted."

 

Evolving details about the event can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Read more here and see the full news release

 

See the List of Academy Nominees

 

See the List of Academy-qualifying Film Festivals

 

Golden Globes: Winners and losers

 

 

February 18-20th:

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RIIFF GOES TO THE OSCARS®

JOIN OUR SALUTE TO THE ART OF THE SHORT FILM WITH A SPECIAL RETROSPECTIVE OF AMAZING FILMS THAT WERE DISCOVERED AT RIIFF AND WENT ON TO BE SHORTLISTED OR NOMINATED BY THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES

 

With Oscar Night® just a breathe away, we decided that it would be fun to share some of the brilliant work that has been screened at RIIFF over the past 17 years. These films have gone on to be critically acclaimed, made the Academy shortlist for nominations, or were nominated and in some cases won the coveted award. Of the twenty nine RIIFF films that have been nominated since 1998, six have gone on to win the coveted Oscar®.

 

Have you ever wondered exactly what makes a film worthy of Academy consideration? Is there a secret formula? Are there linkages that unit the nominees? What separates one film from another in terms of storytelling, visualization and direction?

 

From films that evoke, provoke, inspire, entertain and challenge, we will present some of the gems from the RIIFF Vault in a special program that will screen across the state of Rhode Island. All screenings will be free. Plus, we will be sponsoring a raffle where you can win tickets to this summer's Festival and discover the next generation of Academy nominees at our Opening Night Gala (Tuesday, August 6th).

Date: Monday, February 18th

Location: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Tiverton

Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Click for more information

 

Date: Wednesday, February 20th

Location: Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street, Providence

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Click for more information

 

Location: Global Heritage Hall, GH01, Roger Williams University, Bristol

Hosted by the RWU Film Production Club

Time: 6:00 p.m.

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Location: Westerly Public Library, 44 High Street, Westerly

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Click for more information

 

Cost: These are all Free Events and presented in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office

February 21st

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

On the Nature of Love... Heartwarming Shorts

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival.

 

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The Balcony Affair (17 minutes) Directed by Jamie Cussen. From Canada.

Two star-crossed lovers in the twilight of their lives, find that love is awkward at any age as they attempt to find each other in huge housing complex. First Kiss (4 m.) Dir. by Charles Hood. A guy and a girl encounter all kinds of obstacles while trying for their first kiss. More info: www.facebook.com/pages/first-kiss

 

Friend Request Pending (12 m.) Dir. by Chris Foggin. From the U.K.

Dame Judi Dench and Penny Ryder star as life-long friends who spend the afternoon discussing the pitfalls, pleasures and problems of using social networking to woo the local choirmaster,played by Philip Jackson. A 2012 RIIFF opening night short. More info: www.chriscroucher.com/films.friend-request-pending

 

The Last Belle (20 m.) Dir. by Neil Boyle. From the U.K. Animation.

Two characters journey towards a blind date: Wally, who suffers a nightmarish drunken trip through London, and Rosie who waits in a bar dreaming of how wonderful her date will be…if he ever shows up. A 2012 RIIFF Grand Prize winner for Best Animation. More info: www.thelastbelle.com

 

Lunch Date (11 m.) Dir. by Sasha Collington. From the U.K.

Getting dumped always hurts, but it is especially biting when your boyfriend has sent his fourteen-year-old brother to break the news. More info: www.lunchdatethefilm.com

 

The Man with the Stolen Heart (7 m.) Dir. by Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith. From the U.K. Animation.

A surreal tale about a man who awakes one day to discover his heart has left, forcing him on a journey of self-discovery to recover it. Narrated by Bill Nighy. More info: www.humptydumptyfilms.com

 

Parallel (20 m.) Dir. By Andrew R. Jones. From Switzerland.

A man searches through parallel worlds for the love he once had, and discovers everything happens for a reason. More info: www.parallelshortfilm.com

 

The Queen of My Dreams (3 m.) Dir. by Fawzia Mirza.

As a young girl, Fawzia Mirza fell under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection. As an adult, she re-imagines the epic romance in the classic film Aradhana, in a creatively queer light. www.facebook.com/thequeenofmydreams .

 

Tout le Monde dit je t’aime (Everyone Says I Love You) (6 m.) Dir. by Cecile Ducrocq. From France. After Marion’s boyfriend says that he loves her, she and her best friend Josephine don’t agree on how to interpret the words “I love you.” More info: www.annee0.com

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

Funeral Kings Trailer from McManus on Vimeo.

 

January 25-31st

FUNERAL KINGS RETURNS TO RHODE ISLAND

We could not be happier to share that the 2012 First Prize winner for Best Feature, Funeral Kings, Directed by Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus returns to the Ocean State for a special theatrical screening at The Cable Car Cinema on South Main Street, Providence. For details, click here.

 

THE STORY:

It's always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark's Middle School. Andy and Charlie, two altar servers, don't just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is over. Eventually their irreverent personalities will put them in a situation that is too big for them to handle.

 

Shot entirely in Rhode Island, the film packed The Vets for its screening in August 2012.

 

Director, Matt McManus, and Producer, Matthew Giacheri will be in attendance for a Q&A on Saturday at 7pm.

 

January 17th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Short Films of Art and Design

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2012 festival.

 

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Believe the Dance (14 minutes) Directed by Thomas Berg. From Norway.

Four lost souls stuck in a rut are hit hard with a life-altering experience through the power of dance. A wacky genre mashup of sci-fi, horror, comedy and dance. A 2012 RIIFF Grand Prize winner-Best Experimental film. More info: www.believethedance.com.

 

Fraction (9 m.) Dir. by Alain Delannoy. From Canada. Animation.

Caught in a battle of time, an elderly artist struggles to complete his body of work. A 2012 RIIFF Grand Prize winner-Best Experimental film.

 

Good Karma $1 (14 m.) Dir. by Jason Berger.

A short documentary that explores acclaimed ad-guru Alex Bogusky’s fascination with collecting signs created by the homeless. A revealing look at an art and communication form that has yet to be appreciated by the public. More info: www.kidsatplaymedia.com

 

Herriott Grace (28 m.) Dir. by John Cullen. From Canada.

A short documentary that follows Lance Herriott on his first day of retirement, saying goodbye to his ship welder past to focus his considerable talents on his lifelong passion creating one of kind pieces of functional art from wood.

 

Machinehead (12 m.) Dir. by Micah Gallagher.

A stop-motion animated short film that follows a puppet as he travels through four unique rooms representing different stages of intellectual and spiritual development. Gallagher pays homage to revolutionary stop-motion artists such as Jan Svankmajer and the Quay Brothers. More info: www.micahgallagher.com

 

Nani (20 m.) Dir. by Justin Tipping.

A teenage graffiti artist and an elderly nursing home resident form an unlikely bond through misadventures in graffiti art.

 

Strange Fruit (3 m.) Dir. by Neal Sopata.

A short animated film that contrasts pastoral scenes of the Old South with the racial violence that occurred during the Jim Crow era in the U.S., as the memorable rendition of the song is sung by Billy Holiday.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

January 10th

oscar85th Academy Awards Nominations Announced

This is the day we learn which films from 2012 are nominated for this year's Oscars®

The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

 

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "Starting with 'Dr. No' back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon."

 

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

 

The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

To learn more, click here

 

DuncanJanuary 8th

Imagine Magazine's 2013

IMAGINAIRE AWARDS PRESENTATION

FLICKERS' OWN DUNCAN PUTNEY TO RECEIVE AWARD FOR THE CREATION OF THE 7DAYPSA COMPETITION

We are very very proud indeed that our long-time friend and Advisory Board member, Duncan Putney has been selected to receive this year's prestigious Award from Imagine Magazine.

 

The 7DAYPSA Competition was conceived by Duncan B. Putney, an Emmy winning writer and the creative producer of Original Concept & Development Associates (www.OCDA.biz).  This national competition has been created for and by the non-profit Flickers Arts Collaborative as part of the Creative Impulse Award programming.

 

The purpose of this new competition is to challenge local filmmakers to use their skills and energy to meet a major need of local non-profit organizations, giving the filmmakers not only a great experience and a good feeling, but also a broadcast credit for their resumes. It is designed to build professional bridges, spurring networking and opening professional doors for the participants.

 

It is about giving, sharing and mutual cooperation.

 

Congratulations Duncan!

 

This very magical event will be held in the beautiful Dome Room of The Lenox Hotel on Tuesday evening, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., January 8, 2013 in Boston. For more details about the evening and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

To learn about the 7DAYPSA Competition, click here.

 


The 2012 RIIFF is Now Completed!

 

 

About the Fest: August 7-12th:

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival

THANKS FOR MAKING THIS SUCH A GREAT YEAR!

riiff2012The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) ran August 7-12th at venues in Providence, Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Westerly, and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening 210 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracted more than 4,700 entries from around the world. The Festival drew 176 filmmakers who descended on the state’s capital city this year. RIIFF is a magnet for those who’ve made short films because it is a qualifying event for the short film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2011, five of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations, and two wins (“The Shore” directed by Terry George and “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” directed by William Joyce.)

 

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is noted for its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences which have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.

 

This Festival was part of a year-round celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative and included a retrospective look at some of the amazing programming that has taken place since 1981.