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George T. Marshall, Shawn Quirk, J. Scott Oberacker &

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Michael J. Chevalier





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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;

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

~ 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. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment


2014 AWARD WINNERS 2014 Horror Fest Winners2014 Screenplay Awards

• See Mike Braca's 2014 Festival Photos







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.



• 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


Upcoming Flickers' Sidebar Festivals of Note:


Roving Eye Film Festival - April 12-19, 2015 and November 10, 11 & 15, 2015

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 12-13, 2015 and August 5-9, 2015

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 4-8, 2015 and October 19, 20 & 24, 2015

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 19-25, 2015


What's New at RIIFF...


Spring 2015


The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival 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 this Spring.


For this second edition, 3 French short-films from 2014 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.


Welcome to Our Newest Intern!

(and member of the Flickers' Family)


alixAlexandra Haase is a senior at Ithaca College pursuing a degree in Television-Radio. She began interning with the Rhode Island International Film Festival in December of 2014; her responsibilities include soliciting sponsors, writing grants, and evaluating films. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in television development.


We will be announcing more interns during the course of January.


Alexandra will be working specifically on planning for the Red Carpet Experience: Providence which takes place Sunday, February 22nd.




oscarThe 87th Oscars Nominations Announcement was held Thursday, January 15th, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

RIIFF is pleased to congratulate the following 5 short films and their creators:


“Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Cassis Films and Divine Productions)


“The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer (National Film and Television School)


“The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors (Tonko House)


“Joanna,” Wajda Studio


“The Phone Call,” Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer (RSA Films)


To download a complete list (on PDF) of this year's nominations, click here.


Announcing Our New Strategic Partnership


styleweekWe are pleased to announce our new Strategic Partnership with Providence's own "StyleWeek," showcasing Regional Talent while reflecting a Global Vision.


StyleWeek, established in 2009, was created with the vision of connecting buyers and press with emerging design talent. A fashion week focused on the business of fashion, StyleWeek is a true celebration of style and culture.


Details of our new partnership will be announced shortly.


"StyleWeek" will take place this year, February 13 - 20, 2015


2015 Programming at RIIFF



February 19th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Heartwarming Shorts

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2014 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF last August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


Bunion | Directed by Jessica Sanders | 8 min. | 2014, USA

The story of a man, his foot and finding happiness.


Caserta Palace Dreams | Directed by James Mc Teigue | 21 min. | 2014, Italy/USA

The greatest dream of a unique woman, Maria, future Queen of Spain and wife of Charles King of Naples and Sicily and of a special man, the greatest architect of his time, Luigi Vanvitelli. Their Love goes beyond their own human existence and becomes real and alive in the immeasurable beauty of the Royal Palace, of its majestic rooms, of its endless corridors and of its incomparable and luxuriant park. A dream, the one of Caserta Palace, that Maria won’t abandon not even after her death.


En Las Nubes (In The Clouds) | Directed by Marcelo Mitnik | 21 min. | 2014, Argentina

EN LAS NUBES (In the Clouds) explores the complicated--and often comedic--space between how we *think* romance should work and how it actually does. Set all around Buenos Aires during one momentous week in the lives of Mariela, an Argentinean illustrator, and Oliver, an American dog food executive working abroad, the film takes a look at conflicting cultural disagreements about intimacy and the way the once-simple idea of a marriage proposal has taken on an increasingly public, and sometimes ridiculous, weight in this golden age of YouTube.


In Passing | Directed by Alan Miller | 5 min. | 2014, Canada

A short film about two lonely people who jump off a building to end their lives, but fall in love on the way down. A very brief romance.


Me + Her | Directed by Joseph Oxford | 10 min. | 2014, USA

Creating a universe between two small pieces of Cardboard. When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's torrid illness, Jack must think outside the box to assure they will be together again.


Vis a Vis | Directed by Dan Connolly | 17 min. | 2014, United Kingdom / Australia

Workaholic Lara is having the day from hell and the last thing she needs is to spend her time interviewing smug couples about their endlessly fulfilling love lives. When she pays a home visit to a
bubbly gay couple (Ricky and Martin) who are seeking De Facto visa status a hidden agenda becomes apparent causing Lara to reevaluate her own life and make some big decisions. ‘VIS à VIS’ is a bittersweet, topical, offbeat comedy that looks at the choices we make and the lengths we go to for the ones we love.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

February 16-20th:

oscarFrom the Vault:




With the Red Carpet Experience: Providence and the 87th Annual Academy Awards just a breathe away, we decided that it would be fun to share some of the brilliant work that has been screened at RIIFF over the past 19 years. These films have gone on to be critically acclaimed, made the Academy shortlist for nominations, or were nominated and in some cases won the coveted award. Of the 33 RIIFF films that have been nominated since 1998, seven have gone on to win the coveted Oscar®.


Have you ever wondered exactly what makes a film worthy of Academy consideration? Is there a secret formula? Are there linkages that unite the nominees? What separates one film from another in terms of storytelling, visualization and direction?


From films that evoke, provoke, inspire, entertain and challenge, we will present some of the gems from the RIIFF Vault in a special program that will screen across the state of Rhode Island. All screenings will be free. Plus, we will be sponsoring a raffle where you can win tickets to this summer's Festival and discover the next generation of Academy nominees at our Opening Night Gala (Tuesday, August 4th) at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).

Date: TBA

Location: Global Heritage Hall, GH01, Roger Williams University, Bristol

Hosted by the RWU Film Production Club

Time: 6:00 p.m.



Date: TBA

Location: Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St, Providence, RI 02906


Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Date: TBA

Location: Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903 401.455.8000

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Time: 2:00 p.m.



Cost: These are all Free Events and presented in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Flickers Hosts the Red Carpet Experience: Providence

Celebrate the 87th Academy Awards in style at The Vets, Providence

The Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a signature event benefiting the Rhode Island International Film Festival (formerly Oscar Experience and Oscar Night America) for the past 6 years. Guests feel like stars and experience the red carpet, live coverage by WLNE/ABC6, Paparazzi, Producer's Circle and Dream Maker Award winners, specialty drinks, gourmet food, amazing desserts, swag bags, silent auction, movie theater tickets and more.


We are proud to dedicate this year's Red Carpet Experience to the memory of legendary actor/artist, Anthony Quinn. He was born April 21, 1915 in Chihuahua, Mexico and made his home in Bristol, Rhode Island.


Our elegant evening is once again chaired by Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television Office with RIIFF Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq.


The evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m.


• To see details for this year's event, click here...


• To see a list of this year's nominees, click here...


The cost is $100 for tickets. Order today as seating on the stage is limited. Red Carpet Experience: Providence tickets make for great gifts and the Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a wonderful escape from the winter blues.


Eventbrite - 2014 Red Carpet Experience: Providence 


2015 Sponsors: Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RI Film and Television Office, WLNE TV6, WSNE, PMA Industries, Dominion Diagnostics, Amtrak, Cabot, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Decadent Catering, Quality Rental, The Vets, and Newport Storm/Thomas Tew Rum.


This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Saturday-Sunday, February 28-March 1, 2015

The Original LGBT Expo

lgbtThe Original LGBT Expo Video Lounge produced annually by the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (http://www.film-festival.org) and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (http://www.liglff.org) is a great way to be introduced to the art and artists who reflect the modern LGBTQ experience. Each year, the Festivals bring together a unique team of collaborators who help curate the Lounge, making for an entertaining and enlightening afternoon. From cutting edge new work, filmmaker interviews, live musical performances, comedy, dance and even a “You Be the Judge” program where you can select the films that will play at the Festivals, the Video Lounge has become an entertainment mainstay of the Expo.


Stephen Flynn and James Stewart of Long Island and George T. Marshall of Rhode Island have shared a long history of friendship and collaboration. They have been able to draw in the exceptional talents of Ryan Janek Wolowski (MTV), Neal Bennington (Broadway Pride), Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz, making for two days of non-stop entertainment. Add to the mix the cinematic vision of emerging visual artists, and it becomes easy to understand the popularity of the Lounge for those attending the Expo.


This year RIIFF will be raffling a travel package to the City of Providence (lodging, meals and entertainment) courtesy of our friends at the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Gift Certificates to business in the city of Newport, courtesy of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce; and RIIFF Opening Night VIP Passes good for August 4th! A full Festival Pass worth $350 will also be raffled.


The Video Lounge is a great place to network, discover new work, learn about the industry and ultimately support emerging new LGBTQ talent. Last year, the lounge was packed on both days during the Expo -- an event which draws over 28,000 attendees. Don’t miss it this year.


The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Center, W. 38th & 11th Avenue, NYC. Click here for a link to learn about the Expo.


March 5, 12, 19 and 26th

"le moi de francophonie"

The Consulates of France, Haiti, Switzerland/swissnex Boston, the Quebec Government Office and the French Cultural Center Boston, are pleased to present "le moi de francophonie" a series of French speaking films (with English subtitles) celebrating the Month of French Cultures 2015.

* Each feature selection will be preceded by a short film curated by Flickers.


francophonieThis Year's Programming:


March 5th

Films TBA

Presented by Consulate General of France, Boston


March 12th

Films TBA
Presented by swissnex Boston


March 19th

Films TBA
Presented by The Quebec Delegation, Boston


March 26th

Films TBA
Presented by Consulate General of Haiti, Boston

Location: Coolidge Corner Cinema, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446

Contact: (617) 734-2501 website directions

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10.25 Adult /$8.25 Senior • Tickets available at the door and online

• Download the 2015 Poster

March 10th

ncccFlickers at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Join us at this exceptional outreach event at the Hyatt Regency on Goat Island in Newport Harbor. We will be introducing this year's new poster design and have our graphics team, led by Michael J. Chevalier, onboard to share some of their work. We will be giving away passes to this year's Festival and even offer a raffle prize of a full Festival Pass worth $350.


The time for the Expo is 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. EXPO 2015 showcases all that Newport County and the East Bay businesses have to offer. There will be hundreds of fabulous door prizes, plus free samples and souvenirs and live music. Over 100 businesses will be featuring products and services available throughout Newport County and the East Bay. Take advantage of Hassle Free parking and use the Viking Trolley from the FREE parking are at the Gateway Center. The Trolley will run every 15 minutes.

Location: Newport Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa, Goat Island, Newport

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $3.00 • FREE to Chamber members and their employees. Tickets available at the door.

March 14th

Flickers' Cine Québec Film Festival

ct=yrIn an ongoing partnership -- Délégation of Québec in Boston, Flickers: RI International Film Festival, Alliance Française de Providence and the Museum of Work & Culture -- presents "Cine Quebec," a short series of film with English subtitles, curated and introduced by RIIFF's Program Director, Shawn Quirk.


Saturday, March 14th:

Cocktail Reception followed by the presentation of several Québécois short films with English subtitles.

Location: Museum of Work in Culture, Market Square, Woonsocket, RI

Contact: (401) 769-6925 website directions

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Donation: $10.00 • Tickets are on sale at the Museum and at the Alliance Française contact@afprovidence.org • 401-272-6243 • Tickets are also available at the door.


March 19th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Celebrating The Emerald Isles

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2014 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF last August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


Fiddler’s Cross | Directed by Michael McMahon | 19 min. | 2014, Ireland

There’s a new banker in town, making his name, scorching the earth around distressed loans. After another busy day working the guillotine for his employers, he heads down to a local pub to unwind. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it, someone with ambition, and now he needs something stronger than fishing. Silence descends when he walks in past the creaking door. Then, through a random act of kindness from a fellow stranger, with whom he finds he shares a love of angling, our banker turns up a further business opportunity. It will involve a touch of moonlighting but, if he plays his cards right, he’s in for a major bonus. First he needs to borrow some cash that’s just resting in the vault and that no one will miss between two working days. Starring Gerry O’Brien of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, King Arthur, The Tudors and Father Ted, this short film is the work of first-time director Michael McMahon, who also wrote the script in collaboration with John Flynn.


My Stuffed Granny | Directed by Effie Pappa | 10 min. | 2014, United Kingdom

Times are hard for little Sofia, as the Greek recession is taking its toll. With her Father out of work, they rely solely on Greedy Grumpy Granny's pension. Desperate times call for desperate measures; to what extremes will they go, when Granny is no more?


Tea with the Dead | Directed by Gary Gill | 33 min. | 2014, Ireland

Frank is a gentle unassuming embalmer from Ballyconneely, a small town in Connemara. After Frank has washed, applied cosmetics and dressed the deceased, he always makes two cups of tea. One for him and one for the dead


The Showreel | Directed by Keir Burrows | 17 min. | 2014, United Kingdom

Nasreen is an immigrant office cleaner, working in London, who dreams of being a screen actor. Lacking the contacts or support to realize her ambitions, she creates extravagant characters for herself to play - zombie hunters, punk rockers, high-powered bankers - and imagines film crews are on every street corner and real people are just extras, and heads off on an action adventure with the most extraordinary results.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org

March 21st

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La Francofête est l’occasion de célébrer la langue française dans toute la francophonie.

What better way to the celebrate the successful conclusion celebrating a month of Francophonie than with a memorable gourmet meal, unforgettable entertainment by Magnolia and, of course, amazing people. Francofête is presented by Alliance Française de Providence and the League of Francophone Organizations of RI (of which Flickers/RIIFF is a member).

Location: Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas Street, Providence, RI,

Time: 8:00 p.m. For Reservations call 401-272-6243 or contact@afprovidence.org

Cost: $45.00 per person • Cash bar



March TBA

Boston Student Film Fest

We are very pleased to support this wonderful Festival and the amazing young filmmakers it has discovered. BSFF Screening and Awards Party. Watch the films of BSFF 2015 and see who wins Best of the Fest!


The Boston Student Film Fest is produced by the Boston Student Arts Network (BSAN) and showcases the talented works of New England students. The Fest fills a void in a community where thousands of students reside and produce spectacular work.


Their inaugural online event in 2012 proved to be very successful and attracted thousands of visits from students and the public. That year, BSFF showcased 12 films in a variety of genres on their website over a 3 week span. Throughout this period, viewers voted on their favorites for audience awards and the jury of Boston-area film professionals provided their feedback for Best of the Fest awards. From this Fest, many of the filmmakers went on to showcase their films in Film Festivals around the country.


Join BSFF for the signature screening of the Boston Student Film Fest 2015 featuring the top student films of the year. Celebrate alongside asipiring filmmakers as they see their films screened for the public for the first time. Also, learn about their process and inspiration in an exclusive Q&A. All screening ticket purchases include admission to Awards Party immediately following the screening.


Boston Student Film Fest, 92 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02116 USA • Website



April 7-11th

Tournées French Film Festival

tourneesHeld on the Campus of Roger Williams University

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Roger Williams University (RWU) are proud to collaborate in the presentation of the Annual RWU Tournées French Film Festival. The Festival will take place over a five-day period, April 7-11th and will be free to the general public and campus community.


The Tournées French Film Festival will present five new important French feature films, plus one classic title, (all with English subtitles), along with a selection of shorts films that FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival will premiere from its partnership with UNIIFRANCE that will precede each feature.


The campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI will serve as the host location for the Festival. (To learn more, click here)



April 12-19th

10th Annual Roving Eye Film Festival

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its 10th annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrates the film arts from across the globe. All programming is curated by RWU students from current entries to RIIFF. Along with shorts and documentaries, this year's Festival will feature guest speakers and panels, plus animation, Latin-American, Asian and student film sidebars. All screenings, unless otherwise noted, will be free and open to the public . Screenings will take place at the Global Heritage Hall and locations across the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.


Visit the Roving Eye Web page which will evolve as programming is finalized: click here

Location:, Roger Williams University, Bristol,

Time: Will Vary by Day

Cost: Free Event


• Hosted by the RWU Film Production Club • www.rwu.edu


April 16th

JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series

Films with a Twist

Join us for a special monthly series from the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival that presents some of the best films screened during the 2014 Festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF last August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!


Dog Food | Directed by Brian Crano | 18 min. | 2013, USA

When Declan loses his dog and best friend Ralphie, his life starts to unravel.


Entre Chien et Loup (Spare Change) | Directed by Daniel Isaiah Schacter | 17 min. | 2013, Canada

Sophie and Dave, old college friends, run into each other downtown. It's their first time seeing one another in over a decade. Their chance encounter wouldn't have lasted long if Dave, now homeless and peniless, hadn't asked Sophie to let him take a shower at her place. Over a drunken night at Sophie's apartement, these two old friends get to know each other again. But Dave be trusted?


Homophonia | Directed by James Jermanok | 3 min. | 2014, USA

A man, late for a hearing on gay marriage, tries to get directions from his smart phone and discovers she is part of the opposition.


In der Stille der Nacht (In the Still of The Night) | Directed by Erich Steiner | 14 min. | 2014, Austria

On a rainy autumn night, a storm approaches. Three children are waiting for their father, again late from work. When he finally arrives and even brings gifts, the children's eyes shine. Only the eldest daughter is suspicious, feeling that their parents are hiding something...


Mouse-X | Directed by Justin Tagg | 15 min. | 2014, United Kingdom

Mouse-X is a mystery/sci-fi story about Anderson, a man who wakes in a building with no idea where he is or how he got there, before slowly discovering that in each of the rooms around him are a thousand clones of himself, all of whom woke into the same mysterious scenario. To escape he needs to outwit his 'selves' whilst overcoming the realisation that he is not the only Anderson...


Only Gilt | Directed by Lara Del Arte | 11 min. | 2014, Australia

11 year old Gary is in love with Kim, the girl next door. After he discovers he's caused the death of her beloved pet budgie, he tries desperately to cover up his mistake or forever wear a birdcage on his head.


Verbatim | Directed by Brett Weiner | 7 min. | 2013, USA

A jaded lawyer wastes the better part of an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All the dialogue in this short is 100% real, taken from an actual deposition filed with the Ohio State Supreme Court.

Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 • Tickets available at the door • www.jamestownartcenter.org


giveME5GIVE ME 5: RI Teen Film Festival

The Rhode Island Film and Television Office, in conjunction with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Education Program, the Rhode Island Film and TV Office, the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the RI Film Collaborative, the RI Arts Learning Network, and the Harrington School of Communications and Media, announces the fourth annual "Give Me Five" youth film showcase.


The Call for Entries Application deadline is TBA.


This year's discussion panel will include Steven Feinberg (Director of the RI Film and Television Office in the Rhode Island Department of Administration); and others TBA

Location: TBA

Time: 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free


June 12-13th


FLICKERS: Providence LGBTQ Film Festival Preview

roleA celebration of the Best of LGBTQ Shorts; plus a sneak peak of a major new film

Films made by, for and about the LGBTQ community take the spotlight in a special celebration preview through a unique partnership among FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Equity Action, the Bell Street Chapel & The Vets. The preview will feature cutting edge shorts and a sneak peak of a major new film. This year the LGBTQ festival during RIIFF in August is screening over 40 films from across the globe on an array of topics that touch everything from relationships, gay marriage to military policy. To read more about the event, coming


Date: Friday -Saturday, June 12-13, 2015

Time: 7:30 p.m.


• The Vets, 6th Floor Ballroom, 83 Park Stret, Providence, RI

• The Bell Street Chapel Theatre, 5 Bell Street, Providence, RI

Cost: $10 donation; $8 for RIIFF CinemaRI members. Tickets available at the door.

Contact 401-861-4445 for more information.


July 6-10th:

KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp

Now in its 17th Year!

KidsEye™ is a fun yet intensive five-day filmmaking camp for children ages 8-17 presented by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival™. Over the course of the last 17 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. To learn more, please click here.


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


Thanks to Rule Boston Camera, the University of Rhode Island and the Harrington School of Communications for their ongoing support!


The Next Summer Filmmaking Camp Dates: July 6-10, 2015
Our Location: Kingston, RI
2015 Cost: $395


August 4-9th:

Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival

riiff2012The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) runs August 4-9th at venues in Providence, Bristol, Jamestown, Westerly, East Greenwich, Newport, Woonsocket and across the state of Rhode Island. Screening over 260 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracts more than 5,400 entries from around the world. More than 240 filmmakers are expected to descend on the state’s capital city this year. RIIFF is a magnet for those who’ve made short films because it is a qualifying event for the short film category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2014, five of the films that premiered at RIIFF went on to receive Academy Award nominations.


The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is noted for its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences which have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.


August 4th


Discover an unforgettably memorable selection of short films from around the world and New England that await audiences at the gala opening night of the 19th Annual Flickers. This year’s selection promises to engage, entertain and possibly discover the next Academy Award nominee. As part of it’s long tradition, Flickers will celebrate the “Art of the Short Film” representing an array of genres that salute RIIFF’s unique status: out of more than 7,000 film festivals world wide, the Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of only 19 qualifying Festivals with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the Oscars––in the narrative and documentary short categories. It is the lone Festival in New England with that distinction.


Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Time: 7:00 p.m. for film screenings/premiere; 9:30 p.m. for Gala Soirée

Location: Providence Performing Arts Center, Weybosset Street, Providence

Cost: Opening Night Film Celebration - $15.00 for film screening only; and $50 for the screening and party;

Sponsors: Sony, Providence Tourism Council, RI Film & Television Office, RISCA, Decadent Catering

August 5th


Discover why Providence is truly a Hollywood backlot, learn about its history, and find out about some of our state's most notable and colorful characters. The goal for the tour is to provide filmmakers with an “insider’s” view of the downcity and riverwalk area with an eye toward what would be interesting/unanticipated places for filming.


Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: The tour starts at The Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Providence, RI

Cost: $10

Sponsors: RI Historical Society and the RI Film & Television Office

August 5-9th:


Since it began 17 years ago, KidsEye™, created by FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has celebrated the most exceptional work of young video makers by showcasing their projects. Rhode Island’s premiere showcase of cinematic work focused on young people has become a popular festival-within-a festival, featuring guest speakers, discussions, dance parties, concerts, and a "Youth Open Screen." Those attending KidsEye™ will be able to meet youth video makers and their mentors; see a diverse collection of youthproduced media. On Saturday, be sure to join us for the premiere work of the students from our annual KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp.


Dates: Wednesday through Sunday, August 5-9, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Paaf Theatre, URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI, other locations TBA

Cost: $8 Adults; $6 children with group discounts available

August 6th


Here’s your chance to become involved with Rhode Island and New England’s “Stars” of the film industry. The popular one-day forum brings together leaders of the film community with decision-makers in education, marketing, politics and media in the region. This year’s Forum will also address what's new on the technical side of the business and how you fit in!


To see the full program roster and guest speakers, coming

Dates: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI
Cost: $30
Sponsors: The RI Film & Television Office, RISCA, Sony, Amtrak, The Providence Biltmore, URI College of Arts and Sciences, URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, the URI Film Media Program and the Harrington School of Communication at


August 7th


Uploaded Got a great idea for a movie script, but don’t know where to begin? Or have youfinished that masterpiece, but no clue what to do next? The 19th Annual FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) proudly presents ScriptBiz 2015 Uploaded a one day
workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of being a scriptwriter. The program is broken down into two parts: introductory and advanced. The Flickers’ ScriptBiz Program is designed to guide writers not only through the creative process of writing, but ways to promote a screenplay to filmmakers through effective networking with tips on how to make a compelling pitch. 

Date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Street, Providence, RI
Cost: $85
Sponsors: Sony, Final Draft, RISCA, RI Film & Television Office



A special Festival collaboration linking artistic events that take place in the city of Providence on Saturday, August 8th as a way to introduce not just Festival audiences, but visiting filmmakers, to the rich culture and arts programming of the capital city. Audiences are encouraged not only to take in premiere film work, but to savor Waterfire, enjoy the sounds of AS220’s Foo Fest, take in the RISD Museum and to close the evening out at the Dark Lady, 124 Snow Street for the Festival’s annual Block Party where they can mingle with visiting filmmakers.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015
Time: 10:00 p.m. onward
Location: The Dark Lady, 17 Snow Street, Providence, RI
Cost: TBA
Sponsors: The Dark Lady, The Dean

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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