20189 FLICKERS' VORTEX SCI-FI, FANTASY &
HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
THE WINNERS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL
65 films from across the globe vied for adjudicated genre awards
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PROVIDENCE, RI –A phantasmagoric symphony of international genre films were given there due with the wrap of the 20th Annual Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Film Festival through adjudicated awards. The Festival celebrated and showcased imagination and creativity in filmmaking and included eleven (11) World and U.S. Premieres. In all, 65 films were selected from over 3,000 genre submissions, representing 15 countries and presented at 19 locations. This year’s Festival was planned, developed and curated by Shawn Drywa, Vortex Program Director and creator of the annual genre Festival with Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director.
This year's Festival included a return of its popular H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour over a four-day period presented in collaboration with the RI Historical Society and the Brown University Film Forum (BUFF), multiple free in-school programs are area high schools, an expanded Campus Connections program that brought free Festival programming to four (4) area Colleges and Universities, special programming on the RI PBS series, “doubleFEATURE,” a closing night “Gods and Goddesses” Halloween party on the Rooftop of the Providence G, and five (5) free Forums that looked behind the-scenes at creating genre films in the Ocean State with special guests, actor, Robert Capron (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Elementary”), RIIFF program director, Shawn Quirk, multi-award winning Director, Eric Latek, actor, Duncan Putney (“Mystic River,” “The Town”), and Producer/Distributor, Cheryl Staurulakis.
The 2019 festival included screenings in Providence at the new Acoustic Java Café & Microcinema, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University at two locations, Brown University, Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, RI, the Tiverton Public Library, the North Kingstown Free Public Library, the Warwick Public Library, Lincoln Public Library, West Warwick Public Library, North Scituate Public Library, Greenville Public Library, and the Rooftop of the Providence G. A special episode of the Flickers’ series “doubleFEATURE” will air on RI PBS.
Special screenings, not open to the general public, took place at the Beacon Charter School in Woonsocket, Westerly High School, and the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket.
The full schedule for this year’s Festival can be found here: http://www.rifilmfest.org and http://prog.tsharp.xyz/en/riiff/19/date/all
"It's an amazing achievement that we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. Our decision in 2015 to expand our programming to sc-fi and fantasy films, along with our horror film entries, has allowed us to create an incredible showcase of truly unique films” said Shawn Drywa, Vortex Program Director.
“Vortex has always prided itself on showcasing the best genre films from the independent film community and this year was no exception. From Spain to Iran and France to the UK, these films represent the vanguard of genre filmmaking from across the globe, and showcase a rising generation of filmmakers, who are redefining genre films for the next generation of cinephiles."
“We are proud to see that this sidebar to RIIFF has become an important cultural event for the State and an international draw for filmmakers and audiences. This year saw over a dozen filmmakers, cast and crew coming from the United Kingdom, Canada and from throughout the United States,” he added.
“From our ongoing educational outreach with area colleges and universities, free library and museum screenings, high school-based programs, to a master class on filmmaking and conversations on the film industry with noted leaders, this year's Vortex Film Festival laid the foundation for an even more expanded event next year” noted Shawn Quirk, RIIFF’s Program Director.
Winners of the 2019 Festival Awards:
Fran Cassonova – “Something In The Darkness” | Spain, 2017
BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM:
"A Purgatory Story" | Directed by: Tom Albanese | UNITED STATES, 2019
“Acide” | Directed by: Just Philippot | France, 2018
BEST HORROR SHORT FILM:
"Madam" | Directed by: Garth Jennings | France, 2018
"The Mime" | Directed by: Dan Allen| United Kingdom, 2019
BEST FEATURE SCI-FI FILM:
"Volition" | Directed by: Tony Dean Smith | Canada, 2019
"Falter" | Directed by: Peter Meining| Germany, 2018
BEST FEATURE HORROR FILM:
“Starlight” | Directed by: Lee Cummings and Mitchell Altieri | United States, 2019
"Artik" | Directed by: Tom Botchii Skowronski | United States, 2019
DIRECTORIAL DISCOVERY AWARD:
Jesse Mittelstadt | “Flyby” | United States, 2019
H.P. LOVECRAFT AWARD:
“Backwoods” | Directed by: Ryan Mackfall | United Kingdom, 2018
This year’s Vortex programming is sponsored by the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival Rhode Island Film & Television Office, The Providence Tourism Council, ACT/Providence, Cox Media, WLNE ABC6, Eurochannel, RISCA, Brown University Film Forum (BUFF), WSBE RI PBS, Providence College, Johnson and Wales University, Acoustic Java, Narragansett Brewing Company, the Rooftop at the Providence G, the RI Historical Society, the RWU School of Humanities, Arts and Education, RWU Department of Communication, Graphic Design and Web Development, THE RWU HAWK'S HERALD, The RWU Inter-Residence Hall Association (IRHA) and the RWU American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).
The next edition of the Flickers' Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Festival will take place October 17-25, 2020.
Sponsors for 2019:
The Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College.
Johnson & Wales College of
Arts & Sciences
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