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83 Park Street, Suite 5

Providence, RI 02903 USA
tel: 401/861-4445
401/490-6735 (f)


Mailing Address:

PO Box 162

Newport, RI 02840 USA

Street Address:

36 Rhode Island Avenue,

Newport, RI 02840 USA



RIIFF Photography

Courtesy of Mike Braca


Video Promotions by

Eric Latek, George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, J. Scott Oberacker, William Smyth &

Duncan Putney






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• Photos Courtesy of Mike Braca



clockRIIFF /rif/ - acronym for Rhode Island International Film Festival
~ a 6-day event beginning the second week in August; always starting on a Tuesday at various locations throughout the State of Rhode Island with premiere works in the capital city of Providence;
~ the largest public film festival in New England and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences qualifying event in three categories;

~ a qualifying event for the British Academy of Televsion and Film Arts (BAFTA);

~ a qualifying event for the Canadian Screen Awards;

~ the major portal of entry for filmmakers to discover the Ocean State as a center for film development, talent and production;

~ the producers of the weekly PBS television showcase, "doubleFEATURE;"

~ a unique platform for the creative and cultural discovery of new cinematic talent, both at home, nationally and globally;

~ synonymous with sophisticated, savvy, discerning and film-loving audiences;

~ a Flickers' production.


See who are RIIFF's Festival Partners, click here

Please Note: Office hours are M-F 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and by appointment


2017 Red Carpet Experience Photos

2017 AWARD WINNERS See Mike Braca's 2017 Festival Photos

Download the Complete List of 2017 Winners








2018 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries Opens August 19th

This year's deadlines:

January 15, 2018, early deadline with reduced rates; May 15, 2018, regular deadline; June 1, 2018, late deadline; June 15, 2018, final extended late deadline


Final Deadline for Screenplay Entries: July 15, 2018


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.



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


Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:


Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 7-12, 2018 (22nd Year)

Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April 2018 (2nd Year)

Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (23rd Year)

New England University French Discovery Program (4th Year)

LGBT Expo Film Showcase - September yearly (18th Year)

Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (6th Year)

Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 16-22, 2018 and November 6, 7 & 11, 2018 (14th Year)

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 8-9, 2018 and August 7-12, 2018 (20th Year)

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 7-12, 2018 and October 15-21, 2018 (20th Year)

Jewish Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (6th Year)

Islamic Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (1st Year)

RIIFF Encore Film Series - Monthly (17th Year)

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 15-21, 2018 (19th Year)

Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (3rd Year)

Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (5th Year)



The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) in collaboration with the French Consulate’s Cultural Service will be screening French short-films at different universities in the greater New England area throughout the Spring and Fall of 2017.


For this third edition, five French short-films from the 2016 Festival have been selected. Shawn Quirk, Program Director for FLICKERS, working with Magali Boutiot, Mission culturelle et universitaire aux Etats-Unis, and Thierry Gustave, University of Massachusetts Boston, will travel to each of the host locations and lead a discussion after the screening. This program of immersion mixes film, language and arts providing a greater understanding of French culture.


Beginning November 7th, 2017and continuing each Tuesday night through the end of January.


filmMovies On The Rooftop at the Providence G

Stay warm and cozy on Tuesday nights up on the Rooftop for our weekly Movie Night Series! In partnership with Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Rooftop at the Providence G showcases short film collections by local filmmakers followed by a classic and cult feature films each week.


Enjoy movie specials on Tuesdays such as unlimited popcorn, and ½ priced wine by the glass or bottle!


Stay after the feature film each week for discussions with local filmmakers on their shorts (pending availability)!


Learn More: Click here




Sunday, March 4, 2018


Celebrate the 90th Academy Awards in style at The Providence Biltmore Hotel Grand Ballroom in Ultra High Definition


The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a signature event benefiting the Rhode Island International Film for the past 9 years. Guests feel like stars and experience the red carpet, live coverage by WLNE/ABC6, paparazzi, Producer's Circle and Dream Maker Award winners, champagne, gourmet food, specialty drinks, swag bags, silent auction, movie theater tickets and more.


The evening kicks off at 5:30 p.m. The elegant evening is chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq.


For more tickets and details on the 2018 Red Carpet Experience: Providence, click here



Eventbrite - 2016 Flickers' Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 12 Midnight

Location: The Providence Biltmore Hotel, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Cost: • $125


July 9-13th:

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

Now in its 20th Year! KidsEye™ is a fun, yet intensive, five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-17 presented by the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival™.


Over the course of the last 20 years, the camp has expanded, allowing children to learn more about what it takes to make a movie. We strive to incorporate as much hands-on learning as possible, therefore placing our focus primarily on production. KidsEye™ participants step into the roles of screenwriters, actors, directors and crew, and learn the importance of working as a team. This year, we introduce a new expanded staff and welcome back longterm KidsEye educators.


To learn more or book a camper, please click here.


Please note that we limited the number of campers to 60 insuring the best possible experience and student to teacher ratio.


The Next Summer Filmaking Camp Dates: July 9-13, 2018
Our Location: Kingston, RI
2018 Cost: $395 


Eventbrite - KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp 2018 

Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island, the Harrington School of Communication and Media and the Rhode Island Film and Television Office for their ongoing support!



• Download the Online Program Book • Festival2017

The 2017 Online Film Schedule

RIIFF Merchandise 2017 Festival Genius

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca


RIIFF's 2017 Opening Night
LGBTQ Film Festival Sidebar
2017 Finalist Judges


News for Filmmakers

RIIFF continues its special filmmaker partnership with UniFrance


uniFranceWe are very pleased to report that the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival will continue to partner with UniFrance. French films submitted will be offered a special reduced rate through UniFrance. This unique collaboration was created to show our support for international filmmakers, while providing a portal for discovery and exhibition in the United States.


For more information about UniFrance, click on the image above.


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