RIIFF /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;
~ 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;
2016 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Closed
Look for The 2017 Call for Entries to Open in Mid-August
The 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.
Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:
• Rhode Island International Film Festival - August 9-14, 2016 (20th Year)
•Ciné Québec - March and November yearly (22nd Year)
•New England University French Discovery Program (3rd Year)
•LGBT Expo Film Showcase - March yearly (17th Year)
•Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly (5th Year)
• Roving Eye International Film Festival - April 10-17, 2016 and November 10, 11 & 15, 2015 (11th Year)
• Providence LGBTQ Film Festival - June 10-11, 2016 and August 9-14, 2016 (18th Year)
•KidsEye International Film Festival - August 9-14, 2016 and October 17,18 & 23, 2016 (18th Year)
•Jamestown Art Center (JAC) "Third Thursday Best of Fest Screenings" - November - July (6th 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 17-23, 2016 (17th Year)
•Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly (2nd Year)
•Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly (5th Year)
FLICKERS' NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY FRENCH FILM DISCOVERY PROGRAM with the Consulat Général de France ŕ Boston
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 Spring and Fall 2016.
For this third edition, five French short-films from 2015 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.
THIS YEAR AT RIIFF:
Month of July
1, 8, 15, 22 & 29th
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new 60 min. weekly series, television magazine “doubleFEATURE,” a showcase for the art of film and the artists who create them. The first episode premieres on Friday, July 1st at 8:00 p.m. on RI PBS, WSBE 36.
Each week, “doubleFEATURE” presents award-winning short films that have premiered at the Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival over the past 20 years. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Narrative, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It was also recently named a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction.
Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film and Television, and an accomplished writer/director, will introduce audiences to the filmmakers those who work behind the camera lens through incisive and revealing interviews.
“doubleFEATURE” promises a voyage of discovery where viewers learn about the talented artists from Rhode Island and beyond who work in the industry or aspire to create their career. From seasoned professionals, college and high school students, to those whose passion and creativity are their drivers, “doubleFEATURE” shines a spotlight. Writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, talent, costume, set and sound designers, gaffers, grips and production assistants share their inspiration.
Showtime: Each Friday on RI PBS, WSBE36 at 8:00 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on the following Thursday night at 10:00 p.m.
Credits: 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.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT
Location: WSBE RI PBA (Channel 36)
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Produced by Flickers with the Rhode Island Film & Television Office and RI PBS.
Flickers Returns to Newport in August. Join us for the second year as we screen some of our classic short films prior to the main screening of
MOVIES ON THE ROCK
Showtime at Dusk: 8:15 to 8:30 pm
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Showtime at Dusk: 8:15 to 8:30 pm
Showtime at Dusk: 8:15 to 8:30 pm
The Karate Kid
Showtime at Dusk: 8:00 to 8:15 pm
Since 2006, movie goers have been invited to bring a blanket, beach chairs and picnic dinner to the quarry meadow of Ballard Park to enjoy free movie screenings. This year, we could not be prouder to once again support this great community program by providing some of our classic shorts as part of each program.
SOME DETAILS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
• Movies will be shown in the Quarry Meadow.
• Smoking is prohibited by law in Ballard Park.
• Seating is on the grass.
• Films will begin at dusk.
• Picnic dinners welcome.
• Parking available in the Rogers High School parking lot.
• Please allow 15 minutes to make your way down to the quarry meadow.
BALLARD PARK is located at the corner of Hazard & Wickham Roads in Newport, RI
FREE Call 619.3377 for more information.
20th Annual Flickers'
Rhode Island International Film Festival
The 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 265 films, it is the largest film festival in New England and every year attracts more than 5,700 film entries from around the world. Over 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 2015, nine 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.
FLICKERS' RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION & SOIREE
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.
Time: 7:00 p.m. for film screenings/premiere; 9:30 p.m. for Gala Soirée
Location: The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence
Cost: Opening Night Film Celebration - $15.00 for film screening only; and $50 for the screening and party;
Sponsors:This year's Opening Night Sponsors include the RI Film & Television Office, Lexus Short Films, Panavision, WLNE TV6, CW28, Cox Media, PMA Industries, Amtrak, Just Ellen's Catering & Event Planning, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Linchpin, The Providence Tourism Council, The City of Providence, The Dean Hotel, Hotel Providence, Narragansett Beer, Empire Soda, Utz, Swissnet, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
KIDSEYE™ YOUTH FILMMAKER FESTIVAL
Since it began 18 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 on Saturday, August 13th, 10:00 a.m. at the RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium, Providence
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday, August 10-14, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The RISD Museum Metcalf Auditorium, N. Main Street, Providence.
Cost: $10 Adults; $10 children with group discounts available
PROVIDENCE LOCATION WALKING TOUR
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. Limited spaces are available, so book early.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT:
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: The tour starts at The Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Providence, RI
Sponsors: RI Historical Society and the RI Film & Television Office
THE RHODE ISLAND FILM FORUM
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!
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Dates: Thursday, August 11, 2016 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. Location: The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, Dorrance Street, Providence, RI Cost: $40 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 URI.
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.
Limited spaces are available, so book early.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Friday, August 12, 2016 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Street, Providence, RI Cost: $90 Sponsors: Sony, Final Draft, RISCA, RI Film & Television Office
RIIFF 2016 CLOSING NIGHT BLOCK PARTIES
EXPERIENCE CREATIVE PROVIDENCE, THE DARK LADY, LOCAL 121 & THE DEAN'S BLOCK PARTIES
A special Festival collaboration linking artistic events that take place in the city of Providence on Saturday, August 13th 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 our three partners: the Dark Lady, The Dean and Local 121 for the Festival’s annual Block Parties where they can mingle with visiting filmmakers.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016 Time: 10:00 p.m. onward Location: The Dark Lady, 17 Snow Street, Providence, RI
Local 121 and The Dean Hotel Cost: Free Event Sponsors: The Dark Lady, The Dean, Local 121
Fall Events 2016
Month of September
The Roger Williams University Music Series presents:
The Flickers' Music Production of
"Beauties, Knights & Devils"
Comic & Dramatic Songs from Light & Serious Operas
Performed by: RWU voice faculty Eric Bronner & Vaughn Bryner, and piano faculty Victoria Lambrozo, with guest singers Elisabeth Gondek, Todd McNeel Jr., Ashley Primavera, and Patrice Tiedemann.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016 Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: Roger Williams University, Performing Arts Center, Bristol, RI Cost: Free Event Sponsors: RWU Arts Music Series
Flickers' Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival
Now in its 17th ghoulish year! This year's programming promises to be truly amazing with major premieres, forums, an expo, our annual HP Lovecraft Walking our and much much more. There will be something for everyone with our very expanded new programming that will take place across the state. It's four days of horror, murder, mayhem, music and the best independent film work that has been submitted to us from around the globe. Screenings will take place at theProvidence Public Library, the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, the Roger Williams University in Bristol, the Tiverton Public Library, the Jamestown Arts Center and others TBA.
THE WHO, WHAT AND WHEN OF IT: Dates: October 17-23rd Time: Varies Location: Statewide Cost: Varies Sponsors: RI Film and Television Office
RIIFF continues its special filmmaker partnership with UniFrance
We 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.