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2018 Film Festival Award Winners Announced on Sunday, August 12th

Flickers' 36th Anniversary Celebration Concludes, Screening 295 Amazing Films from Across the Globe

Read this year's Online Program Book

Download the Full List of Winners

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Providence, R.I. • Aug. 12, 2018Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly announced the Award Winners for its 36th Anniversary Celebration of Flickers, on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The Annual Awards Ceremony was held at The Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum in downtown Providence, RI. This year’s Festival ran from August 7-12 and ended with another record-breaking year. Venues were located across the state of Rhode Island – from Newport, Tiverton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Woonsocket to Warwick -- with the capital city Providence serving as the hub for the film-centric activities.

 

The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), a major destination on the Festival circuit and recognized by the Academy as a Qualifying Festival in all short film categories, welcomes stellar filmmaking talents from all over the world to beautiful Providence, Rhode Island—one of America’s oldest and most beloved cities. RIIFF embraces both filmmakers and screenwriters with the sort of warm-hearted spirit that fosters long-lasting friendships, sparks exciting creative projects, and inspires artists to return again and again. The World Premiere of Chris Overton’s “THE SILENT CHILD” took place at RIIFF last year, received the Festival’s Grand Prize and Academy nomination, and went on to receive the coveted Oscar® (https://vimeo.com/262490275). It's little wonder that Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide praises RIIFF as "the kind of intimate festival experience that will change your life."

 

"Thanks to Steven Feinberg, the Rhode Island Film & Television Office; Kristen Adamo at the Providence/Warwick CVB; Stephanie Fortunato with the City of Providence; Cecile Vulliemin, Swissnex Boston; Michael Vallee, the French Consulate of Boston; Josee-Anne and Laurence Gagnon, Quebec Delegation; Don Curtin and Kelly Johnston, Channel 6; Ashley Erling, The Rhode Show; Adam Olenn, Moses Brown School; Alan Chile, PPAC; Ed Mastriano, Cox Media; Brendan Chipley Roane, Rooftop at the Providence G; Alexis Gorriaran, Providence Tourism Council, Aarin Clemons, The Dean Hotel; Todd Trebour, RISCA; and iconic actress Marlyn Mason, we knocked the ball out of the park, raising the bar for the future and next year’s edition of the Festival,” said George T. Marshall, Flickers’ Executive Director. "It was a true pleasure to host over 300 international filmmakers, cast and crew who experienced true Rhode Island hospitality.”

 

Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office, said "Splendiferous is the word which best conjures the week that was the 2018 Rhode Island International Film Festival. From the spectacular opening night of packed guests and a variety of cinematic delicacies at the palatial Providence Performing Arts Center to hundreds of international filmmakers hugging out their new friendships at the emotional awards ceremony at the RISD Museum Metcalf Center, this festival is truly one the globe's greatest treasures. On behalf of the State of a Rhode Island and our local film community, I want to congratulate Executive Director George T. Marshall for his perseverance and vision and Shawn Quirk for his tasteful programming along with the professional staff of volunteers and supporters who make the Rhode Island International Film Festival world-renowned, and home of film exploration with heart. "

Director Feinberg continued, "Last year, the world premiere of "Silent Child" happened right here in Providence and the short film went on to win the Academy Award. I would not be surprised if one of these esteemed movies from this year's festival went on to win Oscar gold too because there is an undeniable truth----The Rhode Island International Film Festival makes dreams come true."

 

“This year, we received an incredible number of inspiring and thought-provoking international films. The incredible talent of the filmmakers who shared their work with us blew us away. Storytelling through the film medium has shown us that we are witnessing a true global Renaissance in the arts. It is a truly an honor to share these groundbreaking films with our audiences,” added Shawn Quirk, RIIFF’s Program Director.

 

FLICKERS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that supports and promotes the film arts in Rhode Island and throughout New England. Over the past two decades, its production, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, has screened 5,105 independent films and videos out of 61,296 entries, presented 1,229 World/North American premieres, featured over 1,000 entries that were locally produced, and hosted 4,568 filmmakers and crew. Since its inception, over 430,000 film lovers have enjoyed the Rhode Island International Film Festival and its programming, not including those in New England watching its weekly broadcast and cable programming series, “doubleFEATURE.”

 

Over its six-day run, the Festival screened 295 films that included 84 World/United States Premieres from 48 countries including Denmark, Israel, Bosnia, Georgia (the country), Hungary, Australia, Iceland, Iran, Spain, Mexico, India, Italy, France, Ecuador and 34 states in the US. Some of the talent connected to this year’s Festival included Brian Cox (HBO’s “Succession”), Helena Bonham-Carter (the “Harry Potter” series), Gerard Depardieu, Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Rosanna Arquette, Thora Birch, Freddie Fox, JJ Field, Arthur Darvill (“Dr. Who’), Marlyn Mason, Toni Collette (“The Sixth Sense”), Matthew Goode, Jim Gaffigan, George Takei, Xander Berkeley, Annie Leibovitz, Charles Dance, James Norton, Michael Stahl-David (“Cloverfield”), Samuel L. Jackson (the Marvel Universe), Laraine Newman, Emilia Fox, Logan Lerman, Lukas Hassel, Maya Hawke, Dylan Baker, Willa Fitzgerald, Olivia Milch, Fionnula Flanagan, Michael Smiley, Suzanne Clément, D.W. Moffett, Alex Pettyfer, Sandy Boynton, Logan Miller, Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky, Danielle Campbell, Daniel Rashid, Sarah Clarke, Mackenzie Astin, Jon Polito, Leonardo Nam (“Westworld”), Chris Cooper, Celine Held, Charlie David, Gemma Whelan, Jeany Spark, Daniel Rigby, Tom Cullen, Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Robert Capron (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), and Emily Mortimer (Jane Banks in “Mary Poppins Returns”), to name a few. The films for this year's Festival were selected from a record entry base of 6,591 submissions.

 

RIIFF is proud to be one of 10 Festivals in the world that is an Academy Award qualifier in the Live Action, Animation and Documentary Short categories and a qualifier with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). With vanguard programming that seeks to showcase new voices in independent filmmaking from across the globe, RIIFF serves as an exceptional platform from which to launch exciting careers for artists who deserve to be discovered. Ten films that have premiered at RIIFF have won Academy Awards with a total of 63 nominated, and many have gained distribution with the likes of HBO, Showtime, PBS, Netflix and IFC. A wide range of competitive categories—including Comedy, Drama, Horror, Children’s, LGBTQ, Documentary, Webisodes, Music Videos, Science Fiction, and Animated films—RIIFF offers entrants and audience members a veritable buffet of great stories, surprises, and narrative formats. There’s even a screenplay and teleplay competition, designed to give talented screenwriters some welldeserved industry credibility. At RIIFF, there’s no shortage of ways to get noticed and participate.

 

THE 2018 GRAND PRIZE SHORT FILM WINNERS:

The winners of RIIFF's Live Action, Animation and Documentary Short Grand Prizes hold a special honor: they become the Festival’s nominees for Academy Award consideration.

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT:

 

 

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DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

 

 

INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS & SPECIAL FESTIVAL FOCUS:

Joseph M. Alves , renowned production designer for such films as “Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind,”received this year’s Inaugural Gilbert Stuart Artistic Vision (Lifetime Achievement) Award.

 

-------- was presented by Steven Feinberg with this year’s RI Film & Television Office Dream Maker Award

 

A major and important focus of this year’s Festival was on new advances in Healthcare and featured several sold out events including the presentation of THE POWER OF FILM: Can a Film Change the World? Presented by IMCS (Integrated Micro-Chromotography Systems), this special showcase centered on films that show how very brave people confront the challenges we all face in just living our lives. They discover how these challenges can push personal boundaries and learn how the power of our shared humanity - the daily struggles and fights we all have - can ultimately lead to a new and more empowering future.

 

The focal point of the event was a presentation of two documentary films: the feature “Stumped” directed by Robin Berghaus and the World Premiere short, “Life & Atrophy,” directed by Gareth Burghes.

 

“Stumped” is the story of Will Lautzenheiser whose life was derailed by a deadly infection that left his arms and legs amputated. Risking his life, Will signed up for the experimental transplant program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the hope of regaining his independence. Told as a deeply personal story, “Stumped” reveals how Will copes with the loss of his career; navigates an evolving relationship; and gradually transforms, physically and spiritually, with newly transplanted arms. Filmed over four years, “Stumped” explores the human spirit and our willingness to overcome challenges when daring to see what lies ahead.

 

“Life & Atrophy” follows the journey of a family to find an experimental treatment for their son after he is diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This disease impacts 1 in every 10,000 births and is the leading cause of genetic death in infants by causing progressive muscle weakness. Once children are diagnosed with the condition families are told to go home and love their children because there is no treatment and no cure. The McIntosh family fought to find an experimental treatment for their son Miles in an effort to save him from this debilitating condition. The families of SMA exemplify the fortitude of human strength and compassion, where together we can break out of our genetic shackles.

 

FLICKERS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that supports and promotes the film arts in Rhode Island and throughout New England. Over the past two-plus decades, its production, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, has screened 4,504 independent films and videos out of 55,235 entries, presented 1,035 World/North American premieres, featured over 900 entries that were locally produced, and hosted 3,908 filmmakers and crew. Since its inception, over 400,000 film lovers have enjoyed the Rhode Island International Film Festival and its programming, not including those in New England watching its weekly broadcast and cable programming series, doubleFEATURE.

 

THE 2018 FLICKERS’ SPECIAL AWARDS:

 

GILBERT STUART ARTISTIC VISION (LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT) AWARD

• Joseph M. Alves , Visual Effects/Director

 

RI FILM & TELEVISION OFFICE DREAMMAKER AWARD

Henry Bronchtien, Producer

 

RIIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARD

Barry Bres, “” | Deleware

 

THE 2018 FLICKERS’ PRODUCER’S CIRCLE AWARD

Presented to members of the community who have actively worked to support and promote the mission of Flickers. This year’s winners include:

Anthony Ambrosino, Director

The Champlin Foundation

Deborah Newhall, Costume Designer

Angela Ryding, Actress

Andy Smith, Arts Writer

Andre Stark, Producer

WSBE, RI PBS

2018 FESTIVAL AWARDS FOLLOWS:

 

BEST SHORT FILM

GRAND Prize: (RIIFF’s Official Academy Nomination)

 

 

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BEST SHORT ANIMATION

GRAND Prize: (RIIFF’s Official Academy Nomination)

 

 

FIRST PRIZE:

 

 

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BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

GRAND Prize: (RIIFF’s Official Academy Nomination)

 

 

FIRST PRIZE:

 

 

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BEST FEATURE

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BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

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FILMMAKER OF THE FUTURE AWARD

Presented to a filmmaker whose vision excites audiences and judges alike about the potential to produce compelling and successful films in the future.

 

 

BEST ACTOR

 

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BEST ACTRESS

 

JUDGE’S COMMENT:

 

BEST COMEDY SHORT

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BEST EXPERIMENTAL

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BEST DIRECTOR

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DR. J. GERALD LAMOUREUX AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Presented to a filmmaker and artist who represents the spirit of cultural exchange between the United States and Canada.

 

 

DIRECTORIAL DISCOVERY AWARD

GRAND Prize:

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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RIIFF NEW ENGLAND DIRECTOR'S AWARD

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RIIFF DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD

GRAND Prize:

 

 

HEARTS, MINDS, SOULS AWARD

Celebrating Films that Reflect the Jewish Experience.

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BEST EDITING

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BEST SCREENPLAY

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FLICKERS’ AMBASSADOR AWARD

Presented to an individual who inspires and empowers communication and cultural understanding.

 

 

FLICKERS’ INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Given annually to films or filmmakers who inspire social change and community outreach and strive to better the world in which we live.

GRAND Prize:

 

 

FIRST PRIZE:

 

 

PROVIDENCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD

Presented annually to a New England director whose work brings cinematic excellence to an international audience.

GRAND Prize:

 

 

ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD (LGBTQ) SHORT

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ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD (FEATURE)

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ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD (DOCUMENTARY)

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KIDSEYE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD

BEST CHILDREN’S ANIMATION

GRAND Prize:

 

 

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BEST CHILDREN’S LIVE ACTION

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GREEN PLANET AWARD

Celebrating the vision of man's shared humanity and achieving sustainability on our planet.

GRAND Prize:

 

 

VORTEX SCI-FI & FANTASY AWARD

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BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD

COLLEGE

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HIGH SCHOOL

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BEST INTERACTIVE MEDIA

 

 

BEST INTERNET SERIES

 

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FLICKERS' YOUTH FILM JURY AWARDS

Awards were presented by the ------- and ---------, RIIFF Youth Film Jury Program Managers, and the 2018 Youth Film Jury members.

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

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BEST ANIMATION

 

 

BEST FEATURE FILM

 

 

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

 

 

BEST LGBTQ FILM

 

 

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Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Awards

 

MOST POPULAR

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

 

BEST FEATURE

 

 

BEST SHORT FILM

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

 

 

BEST LGBTQ

 

 

Tied with:

 

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Click here for a listing of the 2018 Screenplay winners - coming in October 2018

 

Sponsors for the 2018 Festival included: The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, WLNE ABC6, Eurochannel, Edge Media, CW28, WSBE RI PBS, The Rhode Island Foundation: Equity Action, RISD Museum, Unifrance, Panavision, Dominion Diagnostics, The Rhode Island Council on the Arts (RISCA); Sony; IMDB.com, Rule Boston Camera, IMCS, Amtrak, The Providence Chamber of Commerce, Cox Media, Consulat de France à Boston, Swissnex Boston, Enterprise, The Vets, The Providence Tourism Council, the University of Rhode Island (URI), Moses Brown School, The Greenwich Odeum, The Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI; Roger Williams University, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, Rooftop at the Providence G, Just Ellen’s Catering and Event Planning, Decadent Designs, Knead Doughnuts, Sans Gluten Artisan Bakery, Scialo Bros., Seven Stars Bakery, Sin Bakery, Sweenor’s Chocolates Inc., Vienna Bakery Andreas, CAV Restaurant, Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza, Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches, The Greatfull Bread Sandwich Shop, Narragansett Creamery, Open Season Catering, Papi’s Tacos, Seven Moons, Hartford Flavor Co., Mendon Wines & More, MS Walker, Narragansett Beer, Newport Storm, Thomas Tew Rum, Newport Vineyards and Winery, Tito’s Vodka, Vineyard Road, Borealis Coffee Roasters, New Harvest Coffee, Granny Squibs Iced Tea, Empire Soda, Hotel Providence, The Dean Hotel, The Providence Biltmore, newenglandfilm,com, The City of Providence and the Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, and The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

 

THE FLICKERS’ BACKSTORY & MISSION:

The mission of the 36 year-old Flickers Arts Collaborative is to serve as a creative partner in the arts by uniting various media and arts disciplines that nurture the artistic process and support a vital part of our community. This includes multi-disciplinary art presentations; artistic and cultural activities; performance festivals; video and television productions and exhibition; audio recordings and broadcasts; educational outreach programs; and the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).

 

ABOUT RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

THE FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Narrative, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Canadian Screen Awards. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The Festival takes place every August.

 

The 2018 Festival was dedicated to Winifred Brownell, Former Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. For over 46 years Winnie enriched the research and academic programs of URI seeing her many years of work culminating with the founding of the Harrington School of Communication and Media. A member of the RIIFF Advisory Board, Dr. Brownell nurtured and supported the KidsEye Summer Filmmaking Camp that will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary next year.

 

The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival returns August 6-11, 2019. For more information, please call 401.861.4445.

 

 

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