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2012 Spotlight on Rhode Island

International competition seeks scripts set in Rhode Island


• download the entry form, click here


spotlight(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) - 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.

"What a brilliant idea! This is a fantastic way to promote our natural resources and beautiful locations within the Ocean State while bringing out the best talent from screenwriters and filmmakers around the globe," said Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office.

Scripts must be submitted by mail to 83 Park St., Suite 1, Providence, R.I. 02903. A filled out copy of the entry form, which can be downloaded here, must be submitted along with the script.

Entries may be: a feature film (max. 130 pages), movie of the week (max. 100 pages), or television pilot (max. 40 pages), and must be in standard industry formats. Scripts may be in any genre, present day or historic period. Adaptations of novels/books are not acceptable unless submitted by the author. Writers must also supply a log line and short synopsis.


Finalist scripts will be read and judged by industry professionals: Steven Feinberg (RI Film Office Director & screenwriter), Kevin Esch (Ph.D.), Michelle Meek (MFA, Emerson College), Paul Brighton (writer and director of Brilliant Mistakes), and the Kevin and Matthew McManus (directors of Funeral Kings). They are looking for original well-crafted stories with commercial potential where the state of Rhode Island is a true character in the story.

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 2013 including the ScriptBiz Screenwriters Workshop.

The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2012.


This year's winner will be chosen at the end of April 2013 and will receive an award at the Roving Eye International Film Festival, which runs April 14-19 & 28, 2013.


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filmmediaSpotlight on RI Screenplay Competition Winners Announced

FLICKERS: 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.

• download the entry form, click here


FLICKERS: Spotlight on RI Screenplay Competition

c/o FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival

Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 1, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445 / 490-6735



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