2016 Background & Mission Statement
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"One of the top
10 Short Film Festivals and Top 10 International Film
Festivals in the United States. The RIIFF provides the
kind of intimate festival experience that will change
your life. Don’t miss it. "
- Chris Gore, author of The Ultimate Film Festival
Survival Guide, 2nd edition
in its 20th year, Flickers' Rhode Island International
Film Festival™ (RIIFF) will take place
August 9-14th, 2016. The Festival has become a leading juried competition
showcase for international independent filmmakers and
their work. In 2016, the Festival will feature an expanded focus with a curated musical competition, expanded walks and tours, a film scavenger hunt, dinner and a movie options, outdoor screenings, history and much much more.
In 2015, Flickers screened 265 cinematic works in six days to large and appreciative crowds.
The films screened came from 66 countries, and 34 states in the United States. During the 2015 Festival, there were 73 World and US/North American Premieres. A total of 42 Narrative Feature, 60 Feature/Documentaries and 163 Short Films were screened. Following months of adjudication and review, Festival films were selected from over 5,713 submissions.
Festival Facts at a Glance:
2015 Fact Sheet
• 2014 Fact Sheet • 2013 Fact Sheet
• 2012 Fact Sheet • 2011 Fact Sheet
• 2010 Fact Sheet • 2009 Fact Sheet
• 2008 Fact Sheet • 2007 Fact Sheet
• 2006 Fact Sheet •
2005 Fact Sheet
• 2004 Fact Sheet
What sets Flickers apart is that
the Festival is one of only a handful of broadly focused, independent
festivals in New England accepting works of any type
(dramatic, documentary, experimental, animation), on
any subject matter, and in any genre. In 2002, Flickers was notified by the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) that it had elected
to recognize the Rhode Island International
Film Festival as a qualifying festival for
the Short Films category, and in 2013 it was notified that it was a qualifying festival in the documentary short category. In 2015, it was notified that it would also be a qualifying festival for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). With more than 7,000 film festivals worldwide, only
6 have this dual recognition. In 2009, Flickers was notified by the Academy that it would be the official Rhode Island host for Oscar Night® America which it has hosted annually. Now known as the Red Carpet Experience: Providence, it has become a signature Winter event in Rhode Island. (Save the date for Sunday, February 28, 2016 for the next Red Carpet Experience: Providence).
The Flickers' Mission:
Flickers offers an artistic exchange
as well as opportunities for the global creative community
that are not available in the established entertainment
industry. It is designed to foster contact among film
directors, artists, producers, distributors, backers and audiences.
Filmmakers will have an opportunity to share new film
product, test-market films in development, and share
the film-making process with industry peers, students,
and the general public.
The Festival's goal is to recognize
achievement and innovation in a variety of filmmaking
and storytelling disciplines while providing an opportunity
to secure wider distribution. The Festival also actively
supports and encourages film preservation and its restoration,
thus ensuring future generations of this unique artistic
Thanks to the strong and visionary
support of its lead sponsors, the
Festival has been able to expand its offerings and include
a broad range of film-related programming such as KidsEye™;
a highly respected international Screenwriting competition called ScriptBIz™;
a Master Class on Filmmaking (Take 1-2-3: Filmmaking
with the Pros), the Rhode Island Film Forum; and the late morning forums, "Between
Takes," the Youth Film Jury and, et al.
Flickers' Rhode Island International
Film Festival, takes place in the historic
city of Providence as well as satellite
locations throughout the state, these include Bristol, Narragansett, Jamestown, Bristol, Woonsocket, Barrington, East Providence, Tiverton. Cranston and Westerly. RIIFF provides programming to children's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and community youth organizatiions. The dynamic nature
of Rhode Island offers excellent screening facilities,
strong community support, and unlimited growth potential.
Perhaps, one of the most unique
elements of the Festival comes from its geographic location
and cultural-heritage linkages. The proximity of Rhode
Island to Canada and the state's large French-Canadian
population has led the Festival to establish as one
of its chief aims the encouragement an artistic exchange
between filmmakers from the New England region and the
Canadian provinces. This was clearly realized in 2013
with the entry of 257 films from Canada, representing six Provinces. Tourisme Québec has been one of the
Festival's major sponsors and has helped to nurture
the Festival's Canadian outreach.
The presence of Brown University,
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the University of Rhode
Island, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University,
Johnson & Wales University, Bryant University, Providence
College, other institutions of higher education, and
Rhode Island's proximity to New York and Boston, give
the Festival a film-literate audience, and provide an
ideal forum for filmmakers to show their work in a high-visibility
environment. The recent growth in regional film and television
production have given the state international prominence. The
continuing revitalization of the capital city of Providence
has brought access to excellent dining, recreation and
arts experiences. The size of the state is a chief
asset since, within an hour's drive, you can experience
first-class beaches, inland lakes, or protected woodlands.
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival,
represents an ideal opportunity to test-market new film
product in an area with demographics that represent
a microcosm of the film going public: a unique mix of
cultural,ethnic and educational backgrounds exist in
a relatively concentrated area.
Flickers' Rhode Island International
Film Festival, now in its 20th year. Michael Drywa,
Esq. is the RIIFF Board President.
35 Years of Arts &
Flickers began life in November of 1981 and was formalized as "The Newport Film
Society." Its first film screenings officially
took place in January 1983 at the historic Van Alen
Casino Theatre (now called the Stanford White Casino Theatre) in Newport, R.I. During its first five
years exhibiting film, Flickers screened more than 475
titles, of which many were state and regional premieres.
Encouraging the celebration
of film as an important part of our culture, the Society
sponsored specialized film series, documentaries, classes, lectures and forums.
For example: Cheslaw Kyanka, founder of the Polish Solidarity
Union, spoke at a society screening of "Man of
Iron"; Newport's first International Film Festival
took place through Flickers in 1983; and the Society
presented the first R.I. Japanese Film Festival in 1984.
The structure for the 2016 Festival will include
multiple screenings of digital media work over a six-day
period. Filmmakers will be available for discussion
and commentary at an Opening Night Celebration and Soirée, a President's Reception, Awards Brunch, A Conversation With..., Closing Night Gala,
film forums, master classes and colloquia. The Festival
includes ScriptBiz™, a hands-on screenplay
pitch seminar (Friday, August 12, 2016) and the KidsEye™
Summer Filmmaking Camp (July 11-15, 2016).
Filmmakers may enter their films
either in competition or out of competition. Films in
competition will be judged by a jury of distinguished
industry professionals. Whether in or out of competition,
all films will be eligible for the Viola M. Marshall
Audience Choice Awards.
Flickers' Rhode Island International
Mailing Address: PO Box 162 • Newport, RI 02840 (United States)
Street Address: 36 Rhode Island Avenue • Newport, RI
Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445/490-6735