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19th PHANTASMAGORIC SEASON COMING

Next Year: October 20-27, 2018

Celebrating the Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Genres

 

 

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• Read the News Release Announcement: click here

Read the HP Lovecraft Walking Tour Release: click here

• Read the Awards News Announcement: click here

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE MAJORITY OF OUR FILMS ARE INTENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, CHILDREN UNDER 14 WILL NOT BE ADMITTED WITHOUT AN ADULT. PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

 

THE SPECIAL KIDSEYE SCREENINGS DURING THE FESTIVAL FEATURE AGE APPROPRIATE MATERIALS AND WILL BE RATED EITHER G OR PG.

This event is sponsored by Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, RI PBS, RISCA, Cox Media, Eurochannel, Diabolique Magazine, GoProvidence.com, The Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island, The URI College of Arts & Sciences, The Film Media Program, The Vets, the Providence Public Library, the Tiverton Public Library, the Warwick Public Library, Beacon High School, Westerly High School, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University and Roger Williams University.


FAST INFO LINKS

2018 Fest:

 

H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

Order Tickets for 10/21, 10/22 and 10/27

 

 

Day-by-Day

Programming

Film & Event listings and to order tickets, click here

 

ZONE.COM

Downloadable Calendar Listing

with Film & Events

 

Film Descriptions

For an alpha list of films screening during Vortex, click here

• PDF File •

 

How to Festival

Quick rules of the road to navigate the Vortex Festival, click here

Downloads

Film Images and the

2018 Vortex Poster

 

Vortex 2018 Award Winners

See the full list of winners for this year's Vortex Festival,

click here

 

 

Behind the Camera Lens

Forum at RWU, 10/23/18 at 2:00 p.m.

Forum at RWU, 10/23/18 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Singularity of Imagination

Forum at RWU, 10/26/18 at 2:00 p.m.

Forum at RWU, 10/26/18 at 3:30 p.m.

College Directions:

• Roger Wiliams University, Bristol

 

• Providence College, Providence

 

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Read / Download the Online Program Guide


THE 2018 FESTIVAL:

FLICKERS’ VORTEX SCI-FI, FANTASY, AND HORROR FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ITS 19th GENRE-FILLED YEAR

50+ Films, 17 Countries, 8 Running Days, Statewide Locations, Free KidsEye Screenings, Expanded Sci-Fi And Fantasy Programming, Date-Night of Horror, Francophonie Focus, doubleFEATURE showcase on RI PBS, College Connection Screenings, and the Popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour

 

A phantasmagoric symphony of international films blasts its way across the big screen as the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) launches its 19th Annual Flickers' Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival, October 20-27th. In addition to its traditional spooky film fare “Vortex” will showcase a wide-array of Sci-Fi and Fantasy cinema. This year's Festival includes a return of its popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour presented in collaboration with the RI Historical Society, free after-school KidsEye Programs, the Campus Connections program that brings programming to area Colleges and Universities, and two free Forums that look behind-the-scenes at creating genre films in the Ocean State.

 

The 2018 festival will include screenings in Providence at the Providence Public Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society, along with satellite programming at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, the Warwick Public Library and Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and others (see venue list below).

 

The Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival celebrates and showcases imagination and creativity in filmmaking and will include a bevy of World and U.S. Premieres. In all, - films have been selected from over 3,700 genre submissions. They represent - countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Columbia, Spain, France, Croatia, and the United States. Filmmakers will be in attendance, so audience members will have a chance to meet, ask questions, and even network with the next generation of genre filmmakers.

General Admission for screenings remains $10.00 per person.

 

Festival 5-packs are available at $40 (good year round and at any RIIFF film event) can be purchased online: http://www.film-festival.org/FivePack15.php.

 

Group Discounts can be arranged by calling the Festival office at 401/861.4445.

 

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Program Highlights for 2018

(TO SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE, CLICK HERE) or the downloable Zone

 

DAY ONE:

Saturday, October 20th

 

12:00 P.M.

DOUBLE THE LOVECRAFT: WALKING TOUR & FILM SCREENING

lovecraftThis year, the popular annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour hosted in collaboration with the RI Historical Society will be held on two consecutive dates: Saturday, October 21st at 12:00 NOON, and again on Sunday, October 22nd, at 12:00 NOON.

 

The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's Providence Stories (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and the historic homes of Benefit Street. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour.

 

The tour will depart on both days from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence and lasts 90 minutes.

 

LOVECRAFT-INSPIRED FILM SCREENINGS

On Saturday, October 21st, the H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour concludes with a screening of a short film collection inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. This presentation is at the Providence Public Library Theater at 2:00 p.m. (SEE BELOW)

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

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

Time: The tour will take place this year on two days at 12:00 Noon: Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd.

Cost: $19.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening

Eventbrite - H. P. Lovecraft Walking Tour & Film Screening 

 

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DAY TWO:

Sunday, October 21st

 

12:00 P.M.

DOUBLE THE LOVECRAFT: WALKING TOUR & FILM SCREENING

This year, the popular annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour hosted in collaboration with the RI Historical Society will be held on two consecutive dates: Saturday, October 21st at 12:00 NOON, and again on Sunday, October 22nd, at 12:00 NOON.

 

FOR FULL INFORMATION, SEE ABOV

Eventbrite - H. P. Lovecraft Walking Tour & Film Screening 

 

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DAY THREE:

Monday, October 22nd

 

6:30 P.M.

FESTIVAL KICK-OFF

CORRIDORS OF IMAGINATION…

A SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Special Programming

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DAY FOUR:

Tuesday, October 23rd

 

LOCATION:

Roger Williams University

Global Heritage Hall, Room 01

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

 

2:00 P.M.

VORTEX LECTURE SERIES

BEHIND THE CAMERA LENS: A Conversation with...

The afternoon program features Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. Along with his work with the Film Office, Steven is an accomplished writer, director and televison host. For this special program, he shares a behind-the-scenes look at a recent interview with actress, Karen Allen for the PBS series, "doubleFEATURE."

 

steveSteven Feinberg is a life-long filmmaker and a proud Rhode Island native who spent 22 years as a Hollywood writer, director and producer. He sold original screenplays to the major studios including 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Dimension and Sony and had international success with the sci-fi features FORTRESS and its sequel FORTRESS 2. In 2004, Steven brought his considerable talent, energy and wealth of industry contacts home to assume the new position of Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. Over a span of one decade, Mr. Feinberg aggressively promoted Rhode Island as a “film-friendly” location. He initiated ground-breaking tax incentive legislation, which became law in June 2005, developed infrastructure for film and television production, supports media education from the elementary level to college graduates, as well as co-sponsors local film festivals and has launched the comprehensive Film Office’s website, http://www.film.ri.gov/www.film.ri.gov. Most recently, Steven has lured highly prestigious projects such as the upcoming thriller, THE DISCOVERY; with Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, the Martin Scorsese’ production BLEED FOR THIS, Jack Black in THE POLKA KING and many other outstanding films including Wes Anderson’s MOONRISE KINGDOM; Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN and the Golden Gobe nominated INFINITELY POLAR BEAR starring Mark Ruffalo.

 

To date, Steven Feinberg has brought well over $400 million of film and television production into Rhode Island’s economy and provided $700 million of overall activity into Rhode Island’s economy as well as thousands of jobs for local talent and crew. This success in Rhode Island has reverberated across New England, and now the Ocean State’s neighbors are also prospering in the film/television industry. He has also created several promotional films for the State of Rhode Island Film & TV Office and wrote-directed-produced the award-winning documentary, PELL. www.rifilm.com.

 

This program is presented by the RWU Film Production Collaborative and is a free event.

 

Please be sure to register in advance as seating is limited.

 

Eventbrite - THE SINGULARITY OF IMAGINATION: A Conversation with... 

 

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 Cole, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, and the RWU Department of Student Programs and Leadership.

LOCATION:

Roger Williams University

Global Heritage Hall, Room 01

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

 

3:30 P.M.

VORTEX LECTURE SERIES

BEHIND THE CAMERA LENS: A Conversation with...

The afternoon program features Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. Along with his work with the Film Office, Steven is an accomplished writer, director and televison host. For this special program, he shares a behind-the-scenes look at a recent interview with actress, Karen Allen for the PBS series, "doubleFEATURE."

 

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DAY FIVE:

Wednesday, October 24th

 

LOCATION:

Tiverton Public Library

34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

6:00 P.M.

CORRIDORS OF IMAGINATION…

A SCI-FI/FANTASY SHORT FILM PROGRAM

 

LOCATION:

TBA

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

6:30 P.M.

VORTEX AFTER SCHOOL SERIES

ALTERNATIVE DIMENSIONS - ANIMATED & SCI-Fi SHORTS

 

LOCATION:

Roger Williams University

Global Heritage Hall, Room 01

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

7:00 P.M.

VORTEX COLLEGE CONNECTION

A NIGHT AT ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Presented by the RWU Film Production Collaborative

 

 

LOCATION:

Providence College

Guzman Hall, 250 (Screening Room)

West campus, adjacent to Huxley Avenue and Accino Hall

Providence, RI 02908

401.865.2327

www.providence.edudetails

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

7:00 P.M.

VORTEX COLLEGE CONNECTION

AN EVENING AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

 

 

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DAY SIX:

Thursday, October 25th

 

LOCATION:

TBA

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

 

3:00 P.M.

MOMENTS OF THE UNCANNY

 

LOCATION:

WSBE - RI PBS

Broadcast: Channel 36

CoxCox 08 / 1008HD

Verizon FiOS (RI) 08 / 508HD / (MA) 18 / 518 HD

Full Channel 08 Comcast in Southern MA *Various / 819 HD

DirecTV 36 | DISH Network 36

 

8:00 P.M.

doubleFEATURE

60 min. weekly series, television magazine “doubleFEATURE,” a showcase for the art of film and the artists who create them.

 

Each week, “doubleFEATURE” presents award-winning short films that have premiered at the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival over the past 20 years. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It is also a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction.

 

Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television, and an accomplished writer/director, will introduce audiences to the filmmakers those who work behind the camera lens through incisive and revealing interviews.

 

“doubleFEATURE” promises a voyage of discovery where viewers learn about the talented artists from Rhode Island and beyond who work in the industry or aspire to create their career. From seasoned professionals, college and high school students, to those whose passion and creativity are their drivers, “doubleFEATURE” shines a spotlight. Writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, talent, costume, set and sound designers, gaffers, grips and production assistants share their inspiration.

 

Showtime: Each Friday on RI PBS, WSBE-36 at 8:00 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on the following Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.

 

Credits: A Flickers Production in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office and RI PBS. George T. Marshall, Executive Producer; Steven Feinberg, and Shawn Quirk, Producers.

 

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DAY SEVEN:

Friday, October 26th

 

LOCATION:

Roger Williams University

Global Heritage Hall, Room 01

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

 

2:00 P.M.

VORTEX LECTURE SERIES

The Singularity of Imagination … ROBERT CAPRON

RobFantasy, horror, sci-fi and film fans will want to be at the Global Heritage Hall, Room 01, Roger Williams University in Bristol. A special industry program entititled "The Singularity of Imagination …" provides audiences with the opportunity to meet one of the movers and shakers in the national film production scene.

 

Rhode Island has become known as 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, Woody Allen and the Farrelly Brothers, and others who have made their films within the Ocean State.

 

"The Singularity of Imagination …" this year will feature guest Robert Capron.

 

Moderated by George T. Marshall, Executive Director, Flickers

 

ABOUT TODAY'S GUEST:

Starting out with parts in productions at a local theater company while still attending elementary school in his native Rhode Island, young actor Robert Capron began appearing on the big screen in his tween years. After minor parts in the feature comedy "Bride Wars" and the canine-centric drama "Hachiko: A Dog's Story," both released during 2009, Capron made a huge career leap when he was cast as Rowley Jefferson, the best friend of awkward main character Greg Heffley in the Hollywood movie version of Jeff Kinney's best-selling children's book "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."

 

Capron's performance as the endearingly immature Rowley garnered him considerable attention, and the youthful actor soon appeared in the big-budget fantasy film "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel. In 2011, Capron reprised his role as Rowley in the well-received sequel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" and turned up in an episode of the horror-themed TV show "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour" as a boy obsessed with tracking down a phantom ice-cream truck. Given the success of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movies, Capron subsequently signed on to the third installment in the series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days." Robert currently has a recurring role as Mason on the CBS series, “Elementary.”

 

The RWU Film Production Collaborative will host the free event.

 

Please be sure to register in advance as seating is limited.

 

Eventbrite - The Singularity of Imagination … ROBERT CAPRON 

 

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 Cole, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Club, and the RWU Department of Student Programs and Leadership.

LOCATION:

The Vets Cinematheque

83 Park Street, 6th Floor, Providence, RI

Tickets: $10.00

7:00 P.M.

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE...

Things are never what you think they are...

 

 

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DAY EIGHT:

Saturday, October 27th

 

12:00 P.M.

DOUBLE THE LOVECRAFT: WALKING TOUR & FILM SCREENING

lovecraftThis year, the popular annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour hosted in collaboration with the RI Historical Society will be held on two consecutive dates: Saturday, October 21st at 12:00 NOON, and again on Sunday, October 22nd, at 12:00 NOON.

 

The life and work of Providence's best-known fantasy and horror author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, provide the backdrop for this walking tour. Acknowledged genius of occult and horror fiction, Lovecraft's Providence Stories (written between 1924 and 1935) provide the basis for this walk. Lovecraft wrote eloquently, and in great detail, about such landmarks as Prospect Terrace, the First Baptist Church, and the historic homes of Benefit Street. See the site of his former home, as well as the sights mentioned in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, The Haunter of the Dark, The Shunned House, and The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's own words offer a most amazing literary, historical, and architectural walking tour.

 

The tour will depart on both days from the John Brown House at 52 Power Street, Providence and lasts 90 minutes.

 

LOVECRAFT-INSPIRED FILM SCREENINGS

On Saturday, October 21st, the H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour concludes with a screening of a short film collection inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. This presentation is at the Providence Public Library Theater at 2:00 p.m. (SEE BELOW)

THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:

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

Time: The tour will take place this year on two days at 12:00 Noon: Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd.

Cost: $19.00; Bring your eTicket with you to the Tour and Screening

Eventbrite - H. P. Lovecraft Walking Tour & Film Screening 

 

LOCATION:

The Vets Cinematheque

83 Park Street, 6th Floor, Providence, RI

Tickets: $10.00

 

4:00 P.M.

FILMMAKER AWARDS CEREMONY & RECEPTION

All are welcome for this free event that includes a salute to the 18th Anniversary of the VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival. The Awards ceremony will be followed by a reception with the filmmakers and attending audience members.

 

LOCATION:

The Vets Cinematheque

83 Park Street, 6th Floor, Providence, RI

Tickets: $10.00

 

6:00 P.M.

FROM THE LAND BEYOND, BEYOND

 

 

8:15 PM

INTO THE DARKNESS

VORTEX CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION

 


 

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You Can Also Buy your Tickets in Advance with a

RIIFF Festival Five Pack

$40.00 (a $50 value)
tktGood year-round at all RIIFF events except for special openings. Five tickets for the price of four. Can be used during the Main RIIFF in August; the annual Vortex Festival in October, plus any special year-round film series we sponsor.

 

RIIFF Festival Five Packs Make Great Gifts!

Order Today for only $40

 

2018 Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival®. All Rights Reserved.

 

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All proceeds generated by the Flickers' VORTEX Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival will be dedicated to the Patricia Neal Scholarship Fund that is designed to help area college students pursue studies in the film arts. Since RIIFF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, you can rest assured that your money will be re-invested back into the community.

Now celebrating its 3
6th Anniversary, Flickers, the producers/creator of the
Rhode Island International Film Festival, showcases the artistic efforts of filmmakers and encourages new talent while providing the visibility necessary to launch careers in the industry.

For more information, write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445. E-mail: info@film-festival.org.
Our offices are located at 83 Park Street, Suite
5, Providence, RI 02903.

• The RI Horror Fest has been listed among the "Top Horror Fests in the Country"

in the January 2006 Rue Morgue Magazine


THEATER/EVENT LOCATIONS WE USE:

 

Johnson and Wales University

Schneider Auditorium

261Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903

Link:

 

 

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Providence College

Guzman Hall, 250 (Screening Room)

West campus, adjacent to Huxley Avenue and Accino Hall

Providence, RI 02908

401.865.2327

www.providence.edudetails

Map It:

 

RWU

Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809

401.455.8000

100 capacity, www.rwu.edu

Map It:

 

tiverton

Tiverton Public Library

34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton, RI

401.625.6796

75 capacity, www.tivertonlibrary.org

Map It:

 

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The Vets
1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903
401.621.9660
1,900 seats downstairs, www.vmari.com

Map it:

 

warwick

Warwick Public Library

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI 02889

401.739.5440

www.warwicklibrary.org

 


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 Global Heritage Hall, Room 01 (ground floor, Atrium).

 

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

 

 

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Sponsors for 2018:

 

RIFilmcoxHarrington

RWU

euro

RISCA

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The University of Rhode Island Harrington School of Communications and Media,

The URI College of Arts & Sciences, and The Film Media Program are proud sponsors of the

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival.

 

©2018 Rhode Island International Film Festival®. All Rights Reserved.

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