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April 16-22, 2018

This Year's Program Celebrates the Power of Art and Culture in Affecting Positive Change



13th Annual event takes place April 16-22nd in collaboration with Roger Williams University. Highlights include major international shorts and features, and documentaries and a celebration of the arts.





13th Annual Event welcomed world premieres & attending filmmakers




BRISTOL, RI • Awards for the top films screened at the 13th Annual Roving Eye International Film Festival have been announced.


The Festival created by the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) in partnership with Roger Williams University kicked off April 16th and ran through the 22nd. This year’s programming featured over 70 films from across the world, numerous World and US Premieres; panel discussions/symposia; visiting filmmakers; workshops; student film and arts showcases on the RWU campus.


The Roving Eye International Film Festival is a portal for discovery for film, arts and culture lovers across the region at this year’s celebration.


Complementing this year’s cinematic offerings, the campus will be alive with a bounty of special presentations. The Festival theme this year is “Connecting Through Storytelling.”


The Roving Eye International Film Festival was a portal for discovery for film, arts and culture lovers across the region at this year’s celebration. Complementing this year’s cinematic offerings, the campus will be alive with a bounty of special presentations from...


Students at the University, with the guidance of Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, create the Roving Eye International Film Festival through the Film Minor senior-level course, Curation and Film Festival Production. Flickers’ Executive Director and RWU Professor, George T. Marshall teaches the class. This year, 16 students spent the first part of the spring semester reviewing more than 500 films provided by Flickers and from there went on to create the entire Roving Eye Festival. The students developed active marketing and PR strategies, including the planning for events plus staffing throughout the week. Roberta E. Adams, Ph.D., retiring Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is the Festival Chair, linking faculty adjudicators with students, RIIFF and the RWU administration in a unique collaboration.


Students in the Curation and Film Production Class who voted for and adjudicated these awards included: Anas Alfeez, Christopher Aquina, Matthew Burbine, Jake Chipkin, Mark Donovan, Alexandra Ende, Amanda Farrow, Angela Ferguson-Martins, Kelsey Piazza, Rosalie Stevens, Carolyn Terry, Lauren Utecht, Stephanie Ward, Hoss Wheeler, Emily Whitehead and Kenneth Kramer.




Grand Prize:
“The Silent Child,” | Chris Overton, Director, and Rachel Shenton, writer | 20 min. United
Kingdom, 2017
The Silent Child film centers around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby, who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.



Grand Prize:

“Edith+Eddie” | Laura Checkoway, Director | 29 min. United States, 2017
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is
disrupted by a feud over legal guardianship that threatens to tear the couple apart


1st Prize:

“Knife Skills” | Thomas Lennon, Director | 40 min. United States, 2017
A French restaurant is staffed by men and women who have recently been released from prison



Grand Prize:

"Tribal Justice" | Directed by: Anne Makepeace | 97 min. USA, 2017
Tribal Justice is a feature documentary about the work of the chief judges in the two largest tribes in California, the Yurok on the northwest coast and the Quechan in southern desert. These women are looking back to traditional forms of justice to create new court systems in order to heal rather than punish offenders, prevent children from being taken from their tribes, and stop the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues their young people. The documentary is about Indian people taking their destiny in their own hands and turning the tide of history.


1st Prize:

“Face New York” | Erin Sanger, Director | 13 min. USA, 2017
New Yorkers experiencing homelessness tell their stories to a group of international artists as part of a groundbreaking art exhibition.



Grand Prize:

“Counter Act” | Heath Affolter , Thomas Affolte , Nathan Affolter, Jon Affolter, Directors | 16 min. Canada, 2016
When Alice, a naive young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their sit-in protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up for what you believe in.


1st Prize:

“Game” | Jeannie Donohoe, Director | 15 min. USA, 2017
A new kid shows up at the high school boys' basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?



Grand Prize:

"Poles Apart" | Paloma Baeza, Director | 12 min. | UK.
Poles Apart tells the story of an unlikely meeting between Nanuk, a tough female polar bear, and Aklak, an enthusiastic male grizzly bear, brought together by their changing habitats. Hopeful and eager Aklak crashes into Nanuk's world. She has to decide if the naïve grizzly bear is her food or her friend.


1st Prize:

"Coin Operated" | Nicholas Arioli, Director | 5 min. | USA, 2017.
Coin Operated is a 5-minute short animation that spans 70 years in the life of one naive explorer. This film was proudly made by independent artists.


To see a listing of this year's programming and to learn more about the Roving Eye Festival, go to: http://www.film-festival.org/RovingEye.php



The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Canadian Screen Awards and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). There are only 10 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The Festival takes place every August.


For more information about the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, running August 7-12, 2018 at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and The Vets (formerly Veterans Memorial Auditorium), please visit call 401.861.4445.

Our Collaborative Partners:





The 2018 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival; WSBE Rhode Island PBS; Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Edge Media Network, the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the RWU Department of Communication, Graphic Design and Web Development, Dean Jeffrey L. Meriwether, RWU School of Humanities, Arts and Education, Dr. Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Collaborative, the RWU Screenwriter’s Guild, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.