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PARTICIPATE IN THE 19th ANNUAL
RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL • August 4-9, 2015

Discovering the New Voices of Independent Film


 

Early Deadline:

January 15, 2015

 

General Deadline:

May 15, 2015


Late Deadline:

June 1, 2015

 

Extended FINAL Deadline:

June 15, 2015 (available only via Withoutabox.com)

 

 

2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open

This year's deadlines:

January 15, 2015, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2015, regular deadline; June 1, 2015, late deadline; June 15, 2015, final extended late deadline

 

Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2015

 

Withoutabox logoThe Rhode Island International Film Festival is a founding partner of The International Film Festival Submission System (BrigitFest) – on the Web at Withoutabox.com and prefers paperless entries. Withoutabox provides cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals throughout the U.S. and in Europe with one master entry form, allowing you and us to enter your film more quickly and with greater accuracy. This method is free and easy. Withoutabox users enjoy the advantages of Extended Deadlines and Online Press Kit submissions and filmmakers with an upgraded project on Withoutabox receive $5.00 off their Entry Fees.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

• Click here for the Downloadable Hard Copy Entry FormThe Fine Print (also found on Withoutabox.com)

 

• Click here for the Easy Payment Option for hard copy entries


WHY SHOULD YOU ENTER RIIFF:

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) for independent film and video, is calling for entries to its 19th Annual Festival. The Festival will take place August 4-9, 2015 in the capital city, Providence and throughout scenic Rhode Island.

 

Of special note is that in 2002, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® elected to recognize the Rhode Island International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short and Documentary Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards. With more than 7,000 film festivals worldwide, only 19 have this recognition.

 

For those interested in the Academy Awards®, we suggest you check out the rules page at the web site for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an Sciences®.

 

Here is how a short film is defined under Rule Nineteen:

 

1. A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.

 

2. This excludes from consideration such works as:

1. previews and advertising films

2. sequences from feature-length films such as credit sequences

3. unaired episodes of established TV series

4. unsold TV series pilots

kendaFLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival accepts work of any type (dramatic, documentary, experimental, animation), on any subject matter, and in any genre. The Festival is accepting shorts as well as feature-lengthfilms and videos. Films and videos must have been produced after January 2013. 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, peers and film fans. Whether in or out of competition, all films will be eligible for Audience Fest Favorites awards (The Viola M. Marshall Awards).

 

The Festival 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, producers, distributors, backers and audiences.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.

 

Due to its unique geographic location and cultural-heritage linkages, one of the chief aims of the Festival is the encouragement of an artistic exchange between filmmakers from the New England region and the Canadian provinces. The Canadian sidebar goes back to the first year of RIIFF and has long played a significant role in programming.

 

The presence of Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Bryant University, Johnson & Wales University, Roger Williams University and 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 Rhode Island International Film Festival represents an ideal opportunity to test-market new product in an area with demographics that represent a microcosm of the filmgoing public: a unique mix of cultural, ethnic and educational backgrounds exist in a relatively concentrated area.

The Rhode Island International Film Festival, now in its 19th year, is created and produced by the Flickers, The Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative.

Michael Drywa, Esq. is the Festival Board President.


FESTIVAL FACTS AT A GLANCE:

Downtown Providence was again invaded August 5-10, 2014 as filmmakers and audiences arrived to take part in the 18th Annual FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival. One hundred seventy nine filmmakers with cast and crew from around the world came to exhibit their films, meet with distributors and compete for the Festivals top prizes. A total of 251 films were screened from an entry base of 5,487 entries with 94 World Premieres and United States/North American Premieres.

 

Organizational Background
Flickers began life in 1982 as "The Newport Film Society." Its first film screenings officially took place in January 1983 at the historic Van Alen Casino Theatre in Newport, RI 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, 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 RI Japanese Film Festival in 1984.

 

Festival Structure
The structure for the 2015 Festival will include multiple screenings of both film and video over a six-day period. Filmmakers will be available for discussion and commentary at an Opening Night Gala Reception, Awards Brunch, Filmmaker Lounge, Closing Night Gala, The Rhode Island Film Forum, A Conversation with.., master classes and colloquia. The Festival activities actually begin in early July with a five day kids filmmaking summer camp (now in year 15) called KidsEye™ for ages 8-17; then continues in early August with our Youth Film Jury Program, ScriptBiz™ a screenplay pitch forum which includes the reading of our Grand Prize screenplay winner.
The Festival introduced its First Technology Forum in 2009, which will return in 2015.

 

• Click here for the downloadable entry form

 

If you have problems downloading or accessing any of this information and would like a hard copy of our Guidelines for Submission and an entry form please call, write, or e-mail:


FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival

P.O. Box 162
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 (United States)
Street Mailing Address:
36 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Office: 83 Park Street, Suite 1, Providence, RI 02903
Tel/Fax: (401) 861-4445 / 490-6735
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