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2021 Flickers' Youth Film Jury

Discover the art, craft and creativity of film in southern New England


• Download the 2021 Application Form


Attention Student Film Buffs!

As an important part of our annual community outreach and educational programming at Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, we are pleased to announce an exciting program geared just for you.


This year, we are excited to introduce some new elements to the Flickers' Youth Film Jury Program. This popular program offers local high school and college students the unique opportunity to participate directly in an internationally recognized, film festival, as well as aid in the festival’s long-standing commitment to supporting creativity and nurturing young talent.


youthThe student jury will be made up of a selected group of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut (southern New England) high school students who are entering their junior or senior year; though students who have graduated this year are also encouraged to apply. We also welcome college students who have completed at least one year of school. This year, we are encouraging international students and filmmakers to apply.


Accepted applicants will become student jurors in the only OSCAR®, BAFTA© and Canadian Screen-qualifying film festival in New England. The students will screen a selection of films (narrative, documentary, shorts), deliberate, and present the Youth Jury Award, at the festival’s award ceremony. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with the various filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals from around the world, as well.


To ehance their experience and to help them better understand the film festival process, youth jury members will become part of our volunteer team. The intent is for them to experience how the Festival functions from top to bottom. Jury members will also meet with visiting filmmakers and become part of the team that will introduce each film program and lead filmmaker Q&A's.


This program offers a terrific opportunity for high school students. It will not only make a great addition on the student's resumes and college applications, but it will also expose students to the very large entertainment industry, where they will have the chance to network and make contacts for their future.


Participation in the Flickers’ Youth Film Jury provides all-access passes to the Festival and a mentored learning environment. The educational value for each participant accepted into the Youth Jury is equivalent to a scholarship worth $1,200.


The program will be accepting applications through the extended deadline of August 2, 2021. All applications will then be immediately reviewed and acceptance notifications will go out. before the end of the month. The application and additional information will soon be up on our website. Though anyone interested is encourage to e-mail us now. This years festival runs August 9-15, 2021.



The Flickers' Youth Jury program was created by then-high school student and Middletown, RI native, Timothy Mendonca. Tim has since graduated from college (the University of Rhode Island) and now works in the film industry.


This goal of he jury is to support education through the art of film, creating a community outreach, by exposing youth to the world of independent film. Flickers' goal is to expand their knowledge of film and creativity; to nurture and discover the next generation of quality, thoughtful, and creative filmmakers and film enthusiasts, and to provide them with direct contact experience in running an international film festival through volunteerism and team-building.



The youth film jury, is a program that introduces youth to the world of independent film. The program is normally composed of a group of 10-20 students, who attend multiple screenings during the Festival, Q&A’s, and festival events. They will introduce film programming and have the opportunity to lead filmmaker Q&A's. A central goal is to learn to work as a team, to meet throughout the Festival and deliberate, and choose a Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short and Best Short Documentary to receive the Youth Jury award. The youth jury program allows students to network, and make connections for their future.


Note that each Youth Jury Member will attend orientation, volunteer training and commit to 10 hours of volunteer time during the week of the Festival.


Some films which over the years have previously received Student/Youth Jury recognition:


“The Maestro” | Directed by: Adam Cushman | USA, 2017

"Year By The Sea" | Written by: Alexander Janko | Adapted from an original story by Joan Anderson | Directed by: Alexander Janko | USA, 2016

"The Happys" | Directed by: Tom Gould and John Serpe | USA, 2016

“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” | Directed by: Sara Bordo, Mexico, Spain, United States, 2014

2 Temps, 3 Movements | Christophe Cousin, CANADA, 2013

Foster | Jonathan Newman, UK, 2013

Married and Counting | Allan Piper, USA, 2012

Broken Kingdom | Daniel Gillies, USA, 2011

LiTTLEROCK | Mike Ott, USA, 2010

That Evening Sun | Scott Teems

B.O.H.I.C.A | D.J. Paul

Shotgun Stories | Jeff Nichols



“TRE MAISON DASAN” | Directed by: Denali Tiller | USA, 2017

"Gold Balls" | Directed by: Kate Keckler Dandel | 88 min. USA, 2016

"Bang, The Bert Berns Story" | Directed by: Bob Sarles | 94 min. USA, 2016

“The House is Innocent” | Directed by: Nicholas Coles, United States, 2015

Showfolk | Ned McNeilage, USA, 2013

Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor | John Wager, USA, 2013

We Live in Public | Ondi Timoner

WAR/DANCE | Sean Fine, Andrea Nix (Honorable Mention)



“My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes” | Directed by: Charlie Tyrell | Canada, 2017

"Lady Ganga: Nilza's Story" | Directed by: Frederic Lumiere | USA, 2016



“The Death, Dad & Son” | Directed by: Vincent Parronaud | France, 2017

Rising Hope | Milen Vitanov, Germany, 2012



“Marguerite” | Directed by: Marianne Farley | Canada, 2017

“Alzheimer's: A Love Story” | Directed by: Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzelli, Riani Singgih, United States, 2015

KUMA HINA | Joe Wilson, USA, 2013

The Go Doc Project | Cory Krueckeberg, USA, 2013

Rufus Stone | Josh Appignanesi, United Kingdom, 2012



“Wyrm” | Directed by: Christopher Winterbauer | USA, 2017

"A Beautiful Day" | Directed by: Phedon Papamichael | UA, 2016

“He and She” | Directed by: Marco Gadge, Germany, 2015

The Landing | Josh Tanner, Australia, 2012

Cold Warrior | Emily Greenwood, UK, 2012

Cowboys and Dissidents | Will Maloney, Ireland, 2012

Natural Selection | Brett Foraker

Hollow | Rob Sorrenti



“Souls of Totality” | Directed by: Richard Raymond | USA, 2018

"Some Freaks" | Directed by: Ian MacAllister McDonald | 93 min. USA, 2015



For more information, call (401) 861-4445 or write to:


Flickers' Youth Film Jury

P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840

RIIFF Offices: The Vets, 83 Park Street, 5th Floor, Providence, RI 0290

t. 401.861.4445

f. 401.490.6735


2021 STAFF:

Shawn Quirk, RIIFF Program Director

Lawrence Andrade, Board Liaison

Angelique Dina, Youth Jury Coordinator



• Download the 2021 Application Form




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