2006 Fact Sheet
With over 23,700 participants, (11% more than the 2005), historic downtown Providence was invaded August 8-13 for the tenth Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival. 232 filmmakers, cast and crew from around the world came to exhibit their films, meet with distributors and compete for the Festival’s top prizes. The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifier for Oscar in the Best Short (Live Action) category. Sony Corporation sponsorship provided an Opening Night World Premiere screening with the latest High Definition projection technology. The Festival was cited by Chris Gore in “The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 3rd edition (2004), as one of the Best International and Short Festivals in the United States and "One of the most exciting new festivals to come along, Rhode Island International Film Festival aggressively supports its filmmakers." Travel Smart Magazine in 2006 also cited RIIFF as one of the “Top 12 Film Festivals in the United States.”
Some of the interesting facts and statistics compiled
• The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Academy Award for Best Short (Live Action). Only 60 festivals out of over 3,000 worldwide share this honor. RIIFF is the only AA affiliated Festival in New England. (as of 2004).
• 23,700 participants for RIIFF 10th Anniversary events.
• 2,170: Number of Films entered in competition to the Festival up from 1,547 in 2005.
• 307 films were screened over the six-day run of the Festival.
• 3.1 million hits on the RIIFF website throughout the year.
• 8: Number of sell-outs.
• 29: Number of World Premieres presented during the Festival.
• 19: Number of United States Premieres presented during the Festival.
• 1: RIIFF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to actress, Cicely Tyson.
• 1: RIIFF CREATIVE VISION AWARD to American director, Michael Corrente.
• 48: Number narrative features screened.
• 29: Number of feature documentaries screened.
• 61: Number of countries represented in competition at the Festival.
• 33: Number of states represented in competition at the Festival.
• 232: Number of filmmakers and celebrities registered at the Festival.
• 2,263: Number of room nights logged for the Festival participants and visitors.
• 2: Oscar nominations for 2006 films that had their premieres at RIIFF: “The Little Matchgirl” (Best Animated Short) from Disney Feature Animation Division; and “A Recycled Life” (Best Documentary Short) Director/ Editor/ Cinematographer/Writer: Leslie Iwerks
Producer/Writer: Mike Glad.
• 6: RIIFF is the only festival in the United States that is a truly statewide festival with film screenings in six communities: Providence, Westerly, Kingston, Newport, Cranston, Barrington and Bristol.
• 237: Number of screenplay applications.
• 14: Number of countries represented by attending filmmakers: India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, France, Israel and Canada.
• 126: Staff and volunteers working on the Festival.
• 34: Number of educational programs and special events presented by RIIFF: KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp; KidsEye™ International Film Festival; ScriptBiz™; 23rd Annual “Black Ships” Japanese Film Festival; Rhode Island Horror Film Festival; RIIFF’s Annual Screenplay Competition; Wordplay™ Screenplay Reading; Opening and Closing Night Galas; Between Takes™ Afternoon Industry Forums; Closing Awards Ceremonies; Cinema Cafe; Annual RIIFF’s Sponsor’s Reception; Creative Impulse Awards; Two Filmmaker Mixer and Receptions; “ Three Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Screenings; Waterfire VIP Reception; RIIFF’s Silent Film Series, RIIFF Best of Festival Series; Cinema Rhode Island screenings; Friends of the Columbus Theatre Events; A Conversation with Michael Corrente; Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Cicely Tyson; RIIFF/Flickers Internship Program; First Look Series; You Be the Judge Nights; Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival and the Jubilé Franco-Américain.
• 21: Number of venues throughout Rhode Island where films were screened and festival events took place.
• 12: Number of special niche sidebars and programs: Providence Jewish Film Festival; Providence (Homegrown) Film Festival; Providence Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Women in Cinema; New Director’s Showcase; Cutting Edge Cinema; Providence World Film Festival; From the North Country—Canadian Showcase; KidsEye™ International Film Festival, Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival, Vortex Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, and the New England Student Film Festival.
• Sony Corporation provided an Opening Night World Premiere screening with the latest High Definition projection technology along with use of HD 24 fps camera equipment.
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RIIFF has its offices at the historic VMA Arts & Cultural Center
They are located at 83 Park Street, Suite 1, Providence, RI 02903