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Flickers' 35th Anniversary Opening Night Gala Celebration & Soirée

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.





All Opening Night events take place at

The Providence Peforming Arts Center (PPAC)

220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI


Join us for our 21st annual Opening Night screening and celebration of the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the 35th Anniversary of its creator/producer, Flickers.


Revel in the talent, artistry, and creative energy that make up the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival.


Thought-provoking, unforgettable and brilliant films from around the world await audiences at the August 8th Opening Night Celebration of FLICKERS -- and indeed throughout the week. The evening’s exhilarating line-up will showcase some of the finest examples of independent and international short films and World Premieres.


We could not be more pleased to be back the the magnificent Providence Performing Arts Center for the Festival’s Opening Night festivities with our good friends Lynn Singleton and Alan Chile, the President and General Manager, respectively, of this city-treasure. The restored Loews movie palace from the 1920s is an elegant 3,300-seat architectural gem, located in the heart of the capital city, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence..


More than 280 feature length, documentary and short films—from 64 countries, and 34 states across the U.S.—will be screened during the six-day Festival at locations throughout the state of Rhode Island. Films have been selected from a record entry base of more than 6,000 submissions, and this year’s Festival will include 95 World and North American premieres. Aside from film screenings, the Flickers team has organized a number of events to encourage filmmakers and festival attendees to widen their knowledge of filmmaking as well as explore the incredible city of Providence that RIIFF is proud to call home.


Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF, as noted, is also a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animated Short Film through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 19 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. RIIFF is truly a place where the stars align!


The magic of year's Festival begins at 7:00 p.m. with an evening co-hosted by RIIFF Advisory Board President, Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. and Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office.






THE FLICKERS’ PRODUCER’S CIRCLE AWARD recipients include.... The Award is presented to members of the community who have actively worked to support and promote the mission of the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival.


Then the Festival kicks off in earnest with ten exceptional cinematic gems, plus a surprise Academy-nominee from the Festival’s vaults:


The Opening Night Program will salute “Flickers' Road to the Oscars®",” a signature theme for the Festival. Some of the best short films that the 2015 festival has to offer will be showcased, plus a treat with a special screening of an Academy-nominated film that hailed from the Festival. All films will be screened in 4K High Definition Digital courtesy of the sponsorship of Sony Corporation, PMA Industries and a grant from the Champin Foundations. Timothy Haggerty is the Festival's Technical Director.


Following the film screening, audience members are invited to a Celebration Gala & Soirée in
the PPAC lobby. The “Taste of Rhode Island" features mouthwatering desserts from Pastiche, Sin
Desserts, I Heart Cakes, and Carina & Dolce Bakery plus exquisite food samplers provided by P.F.
Chang and beverages from Narragansett Beer, Bacardi Rum, Grey Goose Vodka, Granny
Squibs Iced Tea and Empire Soda. Special thanks to Ellen Loconto and Just Ellen’s Catering &
Event Planning, and Alan Chille, General Manager of the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Music will be provided by critically acclaimed local harpist, Shelley Otis.

Tickets for the screening only are $15. Tickets for the combined Opening Night Screening and
Celebration Gala are $50. Purchase ticket below to avoid long lines. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door for the screening. The Box Office will open at 5:30 p.m. before the show. Doors will open at 6:30 PM.


The post screening Soirée is a celebration of cinematic excellence. We welcome all film patrons and visiting filmmakers to share in the festivities.


Sponsors for the 2017 Festival include: Lexus Short Films, ABC6, the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, Linchpin Design, Eurochannel, Edge Media, CW28, The Rhode Island Foundation: Equity Action, RISD Museum, Unifrance, Panavision, Pfizer, Dominion Diagnostics, The Rhode Island Council on the Arts (RISCA); Sony; IMDB.com, Rule Boston Camera, Délégation du Québec à Boston, Tourism Québec, PMA Industries, Cox Media, Decadent Catering, Newport Storm, Quality Rental, Just Ellen’s Catering and Event Planning, Consulat de France à Boston, Amtrak, Enterprise, The Vets, The Providence Tourism Council, the University of Rhode Island (URI), The Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI; Roger Williams University, Hotel Providence, The Dean Hotel, The Providence Biltmore, ZipCar, Uber, The Pell Center at Salve Regina University's Story in the Public Square, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, Roger Williams University, newenglandfilm,com, The City of Providence and the Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, and The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor’s Bureau



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