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


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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, Timothy Haggerty & Duncan Putney






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clockRIIFF /rif/ - acronym for Rhode Island International Film Festival
~ a 7-day event beginning the second week in August; starting on a Monday 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: Due to COVID-19, our office is currently closed and we are working from home.


2020 AWARD WINNERS See Mike Braca's 2020 Festival Photos

Download the Complete List of 2020 Winners


2019 AWARD WINNERS See Mike Braca's 2019 Festival Photos

Download the Complete List of 2019 Winners







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' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:


Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 9-15, 2021 (25th Year)

Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April 2021 (5th Year)

Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (24th Year)

New England University French Discovery Program (6th Year)

Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (8th Year)

Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 2020 and November-December 2020 (15th Year)

Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 2021 and August 9-15, 2021 (22nd Year)

KidsEye International Film Festival - August 9-15, 2021 and October 16-24, 2021 (23rd Year)

Jewish Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (9th Year)

Islamic Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly (4th Year)

RIIFF Encore Film Series - Monthly (21st Year)

Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October 16-24, 2021 (22nd Year)

Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (4th Year)

Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (7th Year)

doubleFEATURE - weekly on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m., RI PBS (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 2020.


For this fourth edition, five French short-films from 2019 Festival have been selected. Shawn Quirk, Program Director for FLICKERS, working with 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.




Weekly on Rhode Island PBS


A Flickers' Production in collaboration with the RI Film and Television Office and RI PBS.

George T. Marshall, Executive Producer; Steven Feinberg, and Shawn Quirk, Producers.


Now in its Fifth Year. PBS proudly presents doubleFEATURE, an exceptional opportunity for our viewers to see artistic, original, award-winning short films from a collection of animation, foreign language, documentary, or fiction films each week. doubleFEATURE showcases the art of the short film and the artists who make them. Each week, in addition to presenting a selection of two or more short films, between the short films, Steve Feinberg, director of the RI Film and Television Office, and George Marshall, executive producer at RIIFF, interview filmmakers and industry professionals.


Pop some popcorn and join us each week for the year-round film festival doubleFEATURE.


Showtime: Content debuts every Thursday at 8 p.m. on Rhode Island PBS, then the same content replays on following Thursday at 10:00 PM, and Saturday at 2:30 AM. On Learn, the content airs Wednesday at 9:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 PM and 5:00 AM.


Location: WSBE RhodeIsland PBA (Channel 36)

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Produced by Flickers with the Rhode Island Film & Television Office and RI PBS


Coming December 19 - 30, 2020


KidsEye Holiday



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.




This year’s Festival is dedicated to the memories of the more than one million+ individuals who have lost their lives to COVID-19, including the 260,000+ in the United States and the more than one thousand in the State of Rhode Island. Stay safe and stay well!





The 2020 Film Schedule

2020 Festival Schedule Online Program Guide

• View RIIFF Photos by Mike Braca


RIIFF's 2020 Opening Night
LGBTQ Films for 2020
ScriptBiz™ 2020


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