2020 Film Festival Award Winners Announced on Sunday, August 9th
Flickers' 38th Anniversary Celebration Concludes, Screening 263 Amazing Films from Across the Globe
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Providence, R.I. • Aug. 9, 2020 — Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly announced the Award Winners for its 38th Anniversary Celebration of Flickers, on Sunday, August 9, 2020. The Annual Awards Ceremony was held virtually on Facebook Live and received 2,700 international views. This year’s Festival ran from Tuesday, August 4th through Sunday, August 9th. Due to the health directives and restrictions regarding social gatherings and COVID-19, the Festival was a hybrid event that included live screenings at area Drive-ins along with an online virtual platform. This year, the Festival was seen globally and garnered more than 47,000 views.
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. Last year, five films from the Festival received Oscar® nominations and one, “The Neighbor’s Window” by Marshall Curry, won for Best Live Action Short.
Along with double features at the Rustic and Misquamicut Drive-Ins, online webinars, industry workshops, special tributes, virtual coffee talks, filmmaker interviews, and post film screening Q&A’s, the 2020 Festival continued popular annual programs. These included the Scriptbiz Seminar, the Rhode Island Film Forum, interviews on the Festival’s weekly Rhode Island PBS series, “doubleFEATURE,” the Youth Film Jury, KidsEye Screenings and an online summer workshop, a Virtual Awards program and the announcement of this year’s Winifred Brownell Scholarship Fund Award winner.
The 2020 Festival was dedicated to the memories of the 671,371+ individuals who have lost their lives to COVID-19, including the more than 200,000 in the United States and the more than one thousand in the State of Rhode Island. (*as of August 9, 2020)
According to Lawrence J. Andrade, Flickers Board Member, “In this period of great personal stress and professional uncertainty, our Board felt it important to pay tribute to those who are no longer with us due to COVID-19. Every life is precious and for those we have lost in such a tragic way -- whose lives were cut short so unexpectedly -- our programming is dedicated in their memory.”
Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office, said “Congratulations to the esteemed Rhode Island International Film Festival for their 38th successful run of the festival during these extremely challenging times in our world. They were able to be creative with virtual screenings and conversations as well as outdoor drive-in experiences. A heart-felt and warm congrats to executive director George T. Marshall, programmer Shawn Quirk, fellow producer Larry Andrade, tech champion Tim Haggerty, Board chair Michael Drywa, Esq, and the entire board, support team, volunteers, students.
Director Feinberg continued, “You should all be extremely proud of your celebration of global films and a new wave of moviemakers from around the world. Thank you also for showcasing our beautiful "Ocean State" of Rhode Island. RIIFF is a treasure we should all cherish. Thank you again.”
This year’s interns came from across the country and worked tirelessly to make the event a reality. From overseeing filmmaker contacts, public relations and marketing to hosting Q&A’s, the Festival salutes these dedicated scholars: Linh Vu, Vanderbilt University, Johanna Rose and Siyu Liu, Boston University, Juliana Verrelli, Salve Regina University, Madison Caress, Vasser College, Robert J Delany and Sara Maria Monsalve, New York University, Gideon Hamot and Maggie Davis, Colgate University, Lorna Doherty, College of the Holy Cross, Jillian Conley, Skidmore College, Perla Figuereo, Bates College, Malka V Chu, Binghamton University, Noah Crowley, Temple University, Victoria Beaudoin, Pace University, Corrie K. Traverse, Providence College and Alexander Valenti, Brown University.
"Our sincere appreciation and gratitide goes to Steven Feinberg, the Rhode Island Film & Television Office; Kristen Adamo at the Providence/Warwick CVB; Claire Collins at IMCS; Nina Stack, The Champlin Foundation; Marie-Jose and Laurence Gagnon, Quebec Delegation; Tom Oyer, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Don Curtin and Kelly Johnston, Channel 6; Ashley Erling, The Rhode Show; Daniel Schwartz, The Vets; Ed Mastriano, Cox Media; Dr. J. Scott Oberacker, Johnson and Wales University; Fr. Kenneth Gumbert, Providence College; Jonathan Arruda, The Dean Hotel; Greg Nawrocki, Hotel Providence Todd Trebour, RISCA; Ruth Clegg, Art League Rhode Island; short film distributors, Katie McCullough and Ian Bignell, Festival Formula; writer, Chris Sparling; director, Eric Latek; actor, Michael Grando and legendary actress Marlyn Mason, we hit a home run this year, further raising the bar for the future and next year’s edition of the Festival,” said George T. Marshall, Flickers’ Executive Director.
“This year, we received an incredible number of inspiring and thought-provoking international films. Despite all the challenges facing artists in today's film industry, films continued to be produced and submitted. We are both humbled and in awe of the sheer talent that is currently on the global stage. Filmmakers from around the world with unique and inspiring artistic voices were championed this past week as we showcased their exceptional work and featured them in Q&A's and industry panel discussions. We are witnessing a global Renaissance in the cinematic arts that is taking place regardless of our current limitations from COVID-19, and it is a distinct honor to be able 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 5,764 independent films and videos out of 74,754 entries, presented 1,405 World/North American premieres, featured over 1,200 entries that 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 263 films that included 83 World/United States Premieres from 51 countries including Denmark, Israel, Bosnia, Serbia, Germany, Australia, Iceland, Iran, Spain, Mexico, China, Italy, France, Brazil and 34 states in the US. The films for this year's Festival were selected from a record entry base of 6,417 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. Eleven films that have premiered at RIIFF have won Academy Awards with a total of 71 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, Pilots, 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 2020 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: “Ivo” | Directed by: Christina Lande | Norway | 2019
The teacher Iben (64) lives alone with her dog Ivo in a small coastal community in Lofoten. She's always felt like an outsider in the village, and life doesn't get any easier when one of her students claims he's been bitten by her dog.
ANIMATED SHORT: “Gon, Little Fox” | Directed by: Takeshi Yashiro | Japan | 2019
When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyoju doesn't realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT: “Messania’s Story” | Directed by: Laki Karavias | United States | 2020
A childhood filled with laughter and friends, singing and games—cut short by the circumciser's knife. In her early teens, Messania walked the same path as millions of other young girls around the world, first undergoing female genital mutilation to make her marriageable and then being married off to a stranger many years older than herself. Listen as Messania shares her spiritual journey of identity from her rural Kenyan home to see how this strong woman—who could have remained just a statistic—found the determination to escape abuse, challenge harmful cultural norms, and sing a new song of freedom, for herself and for girls like her everywhere.
2020 INDUSTRY AWARD WINNERS & SPECIAL AWARDS:
WINIFRED E. BROWNELL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
As part of its ongoing “Celebration of Women in Film and Arts”, the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to announce the winner of the annual Winifred E. Brownell Scholarship Fund. Named after the recently retired Dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Winifred E. Brownell, the scholarship pays recognition to her career championing the arts and humanities at the University. The annual award is for $1,000 and is presented without restrictions to students at the University of Rhode Island, allowing the winner to use the money as they see fit.
This year’s winner is Lionel Jeffries, of Toland, CT who will be entering his junior year at the University of Rhode Island and pursuing a major in Film. His goal is to establish a career path in film directing.
THE RIIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARD
• The Grand Prize for Best Original Screnplay was presented to Daniel Talbott from Los Angeles, CA for his screenplay “YOSEMITE,” that chronicles three young siblings who have been sent into the snow-silent woods in the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole deep enough to bury a family secret. The script is both beautiful and tragic, brimming with raw emotion.
Daniel Talbott is a writer, director, actor, and a Lucille Lortel and Obie Award winning theater producer. He is a graduate of Juilliard, a proud member of Echo Theater Company, and a member of the Actors Studio.
GEORGES MELIES SCI-FI, FANTASY AWARD
The Georges Méliès Sci-Fi & Fantasy Award is presented to a filmmaker with a unique and creative vision, reflecting the work of the visionary French illusionist and film director who pioneered many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès films include A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904), which both are considered among the most important early fantasy and science fiction films, thus establishing the importance of the genre.
• Robert M Schulbaum, writer/director, "The Wrong Todd"
The Dream Maker Award recognizes those who provide incredible service and support of the local film community and are a voice for advocacy of the film industry."
• Lawrence J. Andrade, Flickers; Director of Research and Development, Dominion Diagnostics
THE 2020 PRODUCER’S CIRCLE AWARDS
• Presented annually to members of the community who have actively worked to support and
promote the mission of the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. This year’s recipients
• Michelle Abbott, Producer
• David M. Dooley, President, University of Rhode Island
• Dominick Ruggerio, Senate President, State of Rhode Island
• Daniel Sousa, Animator/Director
• IATSE, Local 481
THE COMPLETE LIST OF 2020 FESTIVAL AWARDS FOLLOWS:
BEST SHORT FILM
GRAND Prize: (RIIFF’s Official Academy Nomination)
“Ivo” | Directed by: Christina Lande | Norway | 2019
JUDGE’S COMMENTS:A dive into what drives human behavior in a small town in Norway. A film that truly puts you in the place of its characters and shows the viewer a world that you would most likely not ever see in person. Great film.
“Interlude” | Directed by: Eli Snyder | United States | 2019
“Under the Heavens” (Seiva Bruta) | Directed by: Gustavo Milan | Brazil | 2019
BEST SHORT ANIMATION
GRAND Prize: (RIIFF’s Official Academy Nomination)
“Gon, Little Fox” | Directed by: Takeshi Yashiro | Japan | 2019
JUDGE’S COMMENTS: A beautiful, sweet and ultimately heartbreaking story told with exquisitely detailed stop-motion animation. The cinematography, lighting, sets, and character designs are incredible.
“Grandad Was A Romantic” | Directed by: Maryam Mohajer United Kingdom | 2019
“KAPA EMAHU” | Directed by: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson | United
States | 2019
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
GRAND Prize: (RIIFF’s Official Academy Nomination)
“Messania’s Story” | Directed by: Laki Karavias | United States | 2020
JUDGE’S COMMENTS: Timely, brilliant and unforgettable. A Chronicle of discovery and personal growth in a hostile world.
“Dafa Metti (Difficult)” | Directed by: Tal Amiran | United Kingdom | 2019
“EL INFIERNO” | Directed by: Raúl De la Fuente Calle | Spain | 2019
“Big House” | Directed by: Jack Lawrence Mayer | United States | 2019
JUDGE’S COMMENT:Compelling, a playfully absurd comedy that is brimming with spontaneity and filled with memorable characters. The cinematography is both nuanced and expressive.
“Irgendwann ist auch mal gut (It's gonna be fine)” | Directed by: Christian Werner | Germany |
"Los Nombres De Las Flores (The Names Of The Flowers)” | Directed by: Bahman Tavoosi |
Bolivia, United States, Canada, Qatar | 2019
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
“Five Years North” | Directed by: Zach Ingrasci, Chris Temple | United States | 2020
JUDGE’S COMMENT:An incredibly timely portrait of one undocumented boy's struggle to achieve the American dream in spite of the mounting obstacles facing him, and a Cuban American ICE agent who struggles with what is right and what compromises are necessary. A film that documents America's broken immigration system with nuance and humanity.
“TRUST ME” | Directed by: Roko Belic | United States | 2020
“Objector” | Directed by: Molly Stuart | United States | 2019
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. Sponsored by Festival Formula.
Haohao Yan, “The Speech” | United States | 2019
Alexander Wertmann, “Masel Tov Cocktail” Directed by: Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch |
Germany | 2020
JUDGE’S COMMENT:Excellent film! It combines a crisp cinematic style with a creative, 4th-wall breaking technique, top-notch acting and editing, all to create an entertaining picture with meaning, insight, and a message!
Vayu O'Donnell, “Survival Skills” | Directed by: Quinn Armstrong | United States | 2019
Anna Dzieduszycka, “The Dress” (Sukienka) | Directed by: Tadeusz Lysiak Poland | 2020
JUDGE’S COMMENT: Wow! A performance full of nuance and subtlety. Anna fully develops a perspective that has long been underrepresented. She creates a world within her character, one that stays with us long after the film has ended.
Christiane Conil, “The Saverini Widow” (La Veuve Saverini) | Directed by: Loïc Gaillard | France
BEST COMEDY SHORT
“Martin Fell Off the Roof” (Martin est tombé d'un toit) | Directed by: Matías Ganz | France,
Uruguay | 2020
“Trumpet” | Directed by: Kevin Haefelin | Switzerland, United States | 2020
“Mary and Margaret” | Directed by: Gregory Caruso | United States | 2018
“Any Instant Whatever” | Directed by: Michelle Brand | United Kingdom | 2019
“Vertigo, AI” | Directed by: Chris Peters | United States | 2019
“Xylem” | Directed by: Michael Hughes | United Kingdom | 2019
“Matriochkas” | Directed by: Bérangère Mc Neese | Belgium | 2019
“NJUOKCAMAT (THE TONGUES)” | Directed by: Marja Bål Nango | Norway | 2019
“Cayenne” | Directed by: Simon Gionet | Canada | 2020
THE MARLYN MASON AWARD
New voices, new perspectives by women in film
Nicole Vanden Broeck, Director | “Elle” | United States | 2020
Maria Brendle, Director | “ALA KACHUU - Take and Run” | Switzerland | 2020
DIRECTORIAL DISCOVERY AWARD
GRAND Prize Feature:
“Augustus” | Directed by: Jon Alston | United States | 2020
GRAND Prize Short:
“Under the Lights” | Directed by: Miles Levin | United States | 2019
“Freed” | Directed by: Josza Anjembe | France | 2019
Saulius Lukosevicius, “Unfolded” | Directed by Cristina Picchi | Italy | 2019
Sean Price Williams, Hunter Zimny, “Let’s Get Lost” | Directed by Sam Stillman | United States |
RIIFF NEW ENGLAND DIRECTOR'S AWARD
“Ruwatan” | Directed by: Ernest Lesmana | Indonesia | 2019
“Balk” | Directed by: Gabriel Wilson | United States | 2019
SOLDIERS AND SACRIFICE AWARD:
Celebrating Stories That Commemorate America’s Heroes
“Early Light” | Directed by: Ted Schneider | United States | 2020
RIIFF DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD
“The Scottish Play” | Directed by: Keith Boynton | United States | 2020
“Corono” | Directed by: Mostafa Keshvari | Canada | 2020
HEARTS, MINDS, SOULS AWARD
Celebrating Films that Reflect the Jewish Experience.
“Shande” | Directed by: Bob Balaban | United States | 2019
“Burka fil Mishmish” | Directed by: Tal Michael | Israel, France | 2019
“SHTETLERS” | Directed by: Katya Ustinova | Russia, United States | 201
Kaname Onoyama, “Crazy Tiger” | Directed by: Kaname Onoyama | Japan, France | 2019
Rich Williamson, “Thirty Eight MInutes” | Directed by: Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson | Canada
Kait Plum, “Higher Love” | Directed by: Hasan Oswald | United States | 2020
“She” | Written & Directed by: Matt Greenhalgh | United Kingdom | 2020
“Clay” | Written & Directed by: Leonard Rääf | Denmark | 2019
“Love Type D” | Directed by: Sasha Collington, United Kingdom | 2019
FLICKERS’ AMBASSADOR AWARD
Presented to an individual who inspires and empowers communication and cultural
Kevin Haefelin, “Trumpet” | Directed by: Kevin Haefelin, | Switzerland, United States | 2020
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.
“The Lesson” | Directed by: Elena Horn | Germany | 2019
“The Reunited States” | Directed by: Ben Rekhi | United States | 2020
FLICKERS INTERNATIONAL VISION AWARD:
Breaking down international cultural barriers through film
“Heading South” | Directed by: Yuan Yuan | United States | 2020
“Henet Ward” | Directed by: Morad Mostafa | Egypt | 2020
“Summer Fasting” (Jeune d’ete) | Directed by: Abdenoure Ziane | France | 2020
PROVIDENCE FILM FESTIVAL AWARD
Presented annually to a New England director whose work brings cinematic excellence to an
“I Lost the Horse” | Directed by: Yu LiuJing | United States | 2020
ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD (LGBTQ)
“Fabiu” | Directed by: Stefan Langthaler | Austria | 2020
“Féeroce (Fairyocious)” | Directed by: Fabien Ara | France | 2019
“Take Me to the Prom” | Directed by: Andrew Moir | Canada | 2019
KIDSEYE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
Presented to a film that resonates with the filmmaker within both children and adults alike.
BEST CHILDREN’S ANIMATION
“Mishou” | Directed by: Milen Vitanov| Germany | 2020
“The Abandoned Block” | Directed by: James Bourne | Canada | 2020
“Killing Time” | Directed by: Camille Guillot, Fanny Hagdahl Sörebo, Aleksandra Krechman, Sarah Naciri, Morgane Ravelonary, Valentine Zhang | France | 2019
LIVE ACTION Short
“Adeline the Great” | Directed by: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros | United States | 2020
“Maradona’s Legs” (Ijrain Maradona) | Directed by: Firas Khoury | Palestine, Germany | 2019
“Cramming” | Directed by: Dan Perlman | United States | 2020
LIVE ACTION Feature
“Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer (The Children of the Storm)” | Directed by Matthys Boshoff | South Africa | 2020
GREEN PLANET AWARD
Celebrating the vision of man's shared humanity and achieving sustainability on our planet.
“The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima” | Directed by: Otto Bell | United States | 2019
“Beyond the North Winds: a Post Nuclear Reverie” | Directed by: Natalie Cubides-Brady | United Kingdom | 2019
VORTEX SCI-FI & FANTASY AWARD
“Jack and Joe Don’t Want to Die” | Directed by: Kantu Lentz United States | 2019
“Willy Goes Way Back” | Directed by: Ryan Wagner United States | 2020
“Floss” | Directed by: Zack Bornstein | United States | 2020
Films that celebrate the endurance of the human spirit and resilience in the face of injustice.
“The Undocumented Lawyer” | Directed by: Chris Temple, Zach Ingrasci | United States | 2020
“SANKARA N'EST PAS MORT (SANKARA IS NOT DEAD)” | Directed by: Lucie Viver | France | 2019
“Après ta révolte, ton vote” | Directed: Kiswendsida Parfait Kaboré | Burkina Faso, France | 2019
“Cinderella Games” | Directed by: Jessica Wright | United Kingdom, 2019
BEST MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY
“UPROOTED” | Directed by: Khadifa Wong | United States | 2019
“The Offline Playlist” | Directed by: Brian C. Miller Richard | United States | 2019
“Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon” | Directed by: Chris Johnson, Ken Bloom | United States | 2019
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
“Black Puma’s Colors” | Directed by: Kristian Mercado United States | 2019
“Namewee - Getaway to Kaohsiung” | Directed by: Namewee, Namewee Studio Production | Taiwan | 2020
BEST TELEVISION PILOT/Webisode
“MANILENNIALS” | Directed by: E Del Mundo | Philippines | 2020
“I Am Sophie” | Directed by: Tom Ransom | United Kingdom | 2020
FLICKERS' YOUTH FILM JURY AWARDS
Awards were presented by Angelique Dina, RIIFF Youth Film Jury Program Manager, and the
2020 Youth Film Jury members.
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
“Clay” | Directed by: Leonard Rääf | Denmark | 2019
“Between a Rock and a Hard Place” | Directed by: Mads Koudal | Denmark | 2019
“Jeune d’été” | Directed by: Abenoure Ziane | France | 2020
“Any Instant Whatever” | Directed by Michelle Brand | United Kingdom | 2019
“Purple Boy” | Directed by Alexandre Siqueira | Portugal | 2019
“Ciervo” | Directed by Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma | United States | 2020
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
“Higher Love” | Directed by: Hasan Oswald | United States | 2020
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
“Sundays At The Triple Nickel” | Directed by: Jessica Colquhoun | United States | 2019
“With Dad” | Directed by: Soren Sorensen | United States | 2020
BEST LGBTQ FILM
“Take Me to The Prom” | Directed by: Andrew Moir | Canada | 2020
“Purple Boy” | Directed by Alexandre Siqueira | Portugal | 2019
“Adeline The Great” | Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros | United States | 2020
Viola M. Marshall Audience Choice Awards
"Divine Providence: The Rebirth of an American City" | Directed by: Salvatore Mancini | United States, 2019
BEST FEATURE FILM
"Ice Cream in the Cupboard" | Directed by: Drew Pollins | United States, 2018
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
"My Beautiful Stutter" | Directed by: Ryan Gielen | United States, 2018
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
"The Guy: The Brian Donahue Story" | Directed by: E.J. McCleavy Fisher | United States, 2019
BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM
"Mind My Mind" | Directed by: Floor Adams | The Netherlands, 2019
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
"Stand Up" | Directed by: Pierre Le Gall and Sarah Malléon | France, Martinique, 2018
"Next Level Shit" | Directed by: Gary Jaffe | United States, 2018
FALL 2020 ROVING EYE AWARD WINNERS
BEST OF FESTIVAL
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM:
• Click here for a listing of the 2020 Screenplay winners (TBA)
• Click here for a listing of the 2020 Roving Eye Film Festival Awards
SPONSORS FOR THE 2020 FESTIVAL INCLUDED: The Rhode Island Film & Television Office, WLNE ABC6, IMCS (Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems, Inc), Eurochannel, Edge Media, WSBE RI PBS, The Champlin Foundation, Unifrance, Dominion Diagnostics, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), FilmFreeway, Rule Boston Camera, The Providence Chamber of Commerce, The Newport Chamber of Commerce, COX Media, Consulat de France á Boston, The Québec Delegation of Boston, The Vets, the Providence Tourism Council, Roger Williams University, Johnson and Wales University, Narragansett Creamery, Granny Squibb's Iced Tea,
Empire Soda, Blount Fine Foods, Mendon Wines & More, The Rhode Island Brewer's Guild, Narragansett Beer, Seaside Pharmacy, Hotel Providence, the Dean Hotel, the Graduate
Providence, newenglandfilm,com, the City of Providence and the Department of Arts, Culture Tourism, the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor's Bureau and special support from the Rooftop of the Providence G and the Acoustic Java Café.
THE FLICKERS’ BACKSTORY & MISSION:
The mission of the 39 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).
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 10 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The Festival takes place every August.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
RIIFF offers a variety of prestigious awards to some of the most talented artists in (and soon to be in) the business. The festival’s Gilbert Stuart Artistic Vision Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed upon Academy Award-winning actors Ernest Borgnine and Patricia Neal, Oscar nominated actors Seymour Cassel and Cicely Tyson, acclaimed actors of stage and screen, Paul
Sorvino and Theo Bikel, director Blake Edwards, special effects icon, Douglas Trumbull, and production designer, Joseph M. Alves. The Festival’s Creative Vision and Crystal Image Awards recognizing outstanding directors, actors, writers, film talent, have been awarded to such talents as Karen Allen, Zach Braff, Blythe Danner, Ioan Gruffudd, Rosa von Praunheim, Michael Showalter, composer Klaus Badelt, and children’s book author Sandra Boynton. More than simply a film festival, RIIFF champions artistic vision in any form and is dedicated to sharing that vision with a diverse and enthusiastic audience that hungers for great storytelling
The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival returns August 9-15, 2021. For more information, please call 401.861.4445.
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