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PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

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36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



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August 9-15 2021

Celebrating Diversity, Identity and Discovery


• Learn More about the Providence LGBTQ Film Festival

2021 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open

This year's deadlines

January 15, 2021, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2021, regular deadline; June 1, 2021, late deadline; June 15, 2021, final extended late deadline


Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2021


The Rhode Island International Film Festival prefers paperless entries. Our 2021 partner entry portal provides cost-saving, online entry to major film festivals throughout the U.S. and in Europe with one master entry form, allowing you to enter your film more quickly and with greater accuracy. Online entry users enjoy the advantages of Extended Deadlines and Online Press Kit submissions.




Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) for independent film is calling for gay and lesbian entries to its 23rd Anniversary Festival. The Festival will take place August 9-15, 20121 in the state's beautiful capital city, Providence and throughout Rhode Island. This year, RIIFF will once again expand its exclusive week-long cinema focus that addresses gay and lesbian concerns. The side-bar, the Providence LGBTQ Festival, will feature an open pubic colloquium, a Video Lounge, film screenings, after parties and a "Meet the Director," forum. Additionally, a "fest preview" will take place in mid-June, highlighting some of the overlooked jewels from past festivals and offering a taste of what is to come in August.


The theme of this year's sidebar, which will include guest panels: "The Changing Politics in a COVID-19 World."


We are very proud to continue in 2021 with the Flickers' LGBTQ Screenplay Competition (formerly Barren Branches). Submissions may be either a feature length or a short film script; and will be judged by a distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans. The Grand Prize winner will also receive prizes valued at over $2,000. This includes Final Draft software, a ScriptBiz Scholarship, full Festival passes for the winner and their guest, and numerous opportunities for screenplay promotion within the industry.


A Word on the Gay Market and why your business should support this Festival

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"RIIFF is very excited to be able to expand and evolve this special focus within our Festival. Over the years, we have been fortunate to be able to premiere such gay-themed titles as "Retablo," "Married and Counting," "Black, White + Gray," "A Four Letter Word," 'Boy Culture," "The Green," "Sonoma," "Eating Out," 'Jim in Bold,' 'The Politics of Fur,' 'The Notorious C.H.O.,' 'Behind the Red Door,' '24 Nights,' 'East of A,' 'Irma Vep,' 'Red Rain,' and so many many more. We are proud that we were able to create a break-out platform for what has proven to be exciting and often cutting-edge work -- and has been so-well received by our audiences and community," said Lawrence J. Andrade, Flickers Board member.


"In an era where hate crimes and bullying dominate the media and where intolerance reigns in the name of religious virtue, it is important that the message gets out loud and clear that gays and lesbians are 'Part of the Family'--the international family of human kind. It is also important that we not forget why we live in a secular state in the USA, and that our hard fought freedoms are based on separating dogma from human needs and compassion."


This side-bar is a clear statement that we value all levels of artistic expression and in our own small way will help foster communication, dialogue and understanding.


The Festival is accepting shorts, documentaries, feature-length films and videos. Films and videos must have been produced after 2019.


The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film 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.


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 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 structure for this year's main 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 Soirée, Awards Brunch, Closing Night Gala, film forums, master classes, walking tours, and colloquia. The extended late entry deadline is June 15, 2021.


If you have Questions & Information about the Festival, please call, write, or e-mail:

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival


PO Box 162
Newport, RI 02840 USA
Street Address: 36 Rhode Island Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401/861-4445 . fax: 401/490-6735
email: info@film-festival.org

Our offices are at 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903. We ask you not to ship films to this address unless otherwise requested by RIIFF staff.


Some GLBTQ Organizations we support and endorse:





AIDS WalkbellGlaad

The Bell Street Chapel




Rhode Island and regional GLBTQ Resource Listing: click here

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