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;
~ 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;
2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival Call for Entries is Open
NEXT MAIN FESTIVAL: AUGUST 4-9, 2015
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
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• 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
2014 Programming at RIIFF
February 10-14 - November 17-21, 2014 & Spring 2015
FLICKERS' NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY FRENCH FILM DISCOVERY PROGRAM with the Consulat Général de France à Boston
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 from February 10 to 14, April 3 and 4, November 17-21st. and Spring 2015.
For this first edition, 3 French short-films from the 2013 Festival have been selected. Shawn Quirk, Programming Director for FLICKERS will host a discussion after the screening.
• Le 10 février matin : University du Mass à BOSTON
• Le 11 février matin : Suffolk University
• Le 12 février matin : University du Mass à Lowell
• Le 13 après-midi : Harvard
• Le 14 après-midi : University of Rhode Island
• Le 03 avril après-midi : Dartmouth College
• Le 17-21 novembre après-midi: TBA in Maine
• Spring 2015
JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS: Films that Provoke
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 this past August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!
A Global Village (8 min.) Directed by Ezra Millstein. Jeffrey DeChausse From USA & India.
A family in India and from the USA work together to build a new home and a cross cultural understanding results.
Families are Forever (20 min.) Directed by Vivian Kleiman.
Devote Mormon parents, living in a conservative community and campaigning for California’s Propostion 8 to prevent same sex marriage, come to realize their 13 year old son is gay. What happened next changed their lives forever. Their story will surprise you, give you hope and move you with the possibility of change. More info: www.familyacceptanceproject.org
La Grand Disillusion (10 min.) Directed by Pedro Gonzalez Kuhn. From Spain.
In September 2012 the Spanish government increased the culture tax from 8 to 21% which caused the closing of many theaters, an effect felt equally by those cinemas forced to convert to digital technology.
Life After Manson (25 min.) Directed by Olivia Klaus.
An intimate portrait of one of the world’s most infamous crimes and notorious killers. Forty-five years after the heinous murders, this exclusive interview with Patricia Krenwinkel reveals the unlikely relationship with Charles Manson that led her to cross every line of moral consciousness, resulting in the brutal acts she committed to win the approval of the man she loved. More info: www.lifeaftermanson.com
Crooked Candy (7 min.) Directed by Andrew Rodgers.
While Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs are hugely popular around the world, they are illegal in the United States due to a quirk in the FDA regulations. One fan of the eggs has smuggled them across the Canadian border for years despite being caught by the border patrol.
Showfolk (24 min.) Directed by Ned McNeilage.
For seven Hollywood golden era veterans with a combined age of 662, all of whom reside at the Motyion Picture and Television Fund home, the show goes on. From a Vaudeville comedian still working at 100 to the stunning siren who dated Reagan when he was a Democrat, these ladies and gentleman are Showfolk through and through, with indomitable spirit and entertaining memories.
Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Flickers and the Rhode Island International Film Festival
Join us as we ring in the holidays in style: Raise a toast, sample exquisite desserts, mingle with friends, share memories of the summer Festival, and discover an amazing new film we'll be screening in 2015 with the Roving Eye Film Festival -- a perfect holiday treat for the entire family.
Getting To The Nutcracker
Directed by: Serene Meshel - Dillman | 98 min. | 2013 | USA
Every Christmas season, The Nutcracker Ballet is performed in cities all over the world. What does it really take to produce this ballet each year? Our documentary film, "Getting to The Nutcracker," takes you inside the Herculean effort involved in gathering the resources, assembling the volunteers, casting the dancers, rehearsing and staging the performances of this classic ballet. Los Angeles-based Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, led by the former Kirov star, takes you behind the curtain from auditions, the rigorous hours of rehearsals, the joy of landing a principal role to the pain of losing one. The dancers (boys and girls ages 3-18) are profiled; passionate people who, with their families, make incredible sacrifices of time and money just so that they may dance.
Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 for adults, $7 kids under age 12
Flickers is a 501c3 non-profit organization • Tickets are tax deductible as allowed by law
Please bring your e-ticket with you for our raffle drawing of a full Festival pass
JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series
HEARTWARMING SHORTS: Holiday Program
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 2013 festival. This month we rediscover an amazing and powerful program of short films that were screened at RIIFF this past August. As always, the JAC program this month is one not to miss!
Cows (3 min.) Directed by Sandra Boynton. Animated.
A herd of sincere, yet over ambitious bovines perform an all out musical number. Shown at the 2014 RIIFF’s opening night.
Blinder Passagier (The Stowaway) (20 min.) Directed by Maria Brendle. From Switzerland.
A little girl who has run away from a children’s home believes she has found a safe hiding place at a blind woman’s home. But it doesn’t take long for the woman to become aware of the little girl’s presence.
For the Love of Dogs (26 min.) Directed by Tim O’Donnell.
An inspiring true story told through the eyes of Cory: a brilliant and talented 11 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. Cory’s passion for dogs brings him to the National Dog Show and opens his communication channels with the world around him.
The Hero Pose (12 min.) Directed by Mischa Jakupcak.
Eight year old Mia is desperate to do anything but hang out at her father’s house while he is trying to sell a car that doesn’t run. Precious moments ensue between father and daughter as the two finally pause and connect.
Pony Place (10 min.) Directed by Joost Reijmers. From the Netherlands.
Grandmother Koba has to take care of her grandchild Emma’s digital horse farm while the girl is away on vacation.
Rabbit and Deer (16 min.) Directed by Peter Vacz. From Hungary. Animated.
The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer’s new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension.
When Pigs Fly (5 min.) Directed by Sandra Boynton. Animated.
The gentle relationship between a parent and child unfolds to a song by Ryan Adams, who makes a cameo appearance.
Location: Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown
December 21st is a symbolic day: the day of the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year, celebrated by many civilizations as the day of renewal. It is the perfect day to celebrate short films, an important speciality of Flickers, which greatly contribute to the renewal of audiovisual creations.
Through extended collaborations with both The Alliance Française de Providence and The Consulat Général de France à Boston, Flickers is proud to bring The Shortest Day to venues across Rhode Island. In it’s third year of existence, The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court) is a global French film festival organized by the CNC, Le Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée (the National Center of Cinematography and Moving Image). This year, Flickers will showcase "The Shortest Day" program in the only 3 venues within the United States (all in Rhode Island) and one of three in North America! (See the Global list of participants) Flickers will be the only organization representing the United States on this special day of short film screenings across the Globe.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Flickers for the third edition of The Shortest Day (Le jour le plus court). As part of the Consulate’s cultural mission, we actively promote all types of cinema and we place great importance in showcasing French short films to the greater public. While all too often under-estimated or overlooked, the short film is a vibrant and thriving format in the world of cinema today, and it deserves a great deal of recognition.” Eric Jasserman, chargé de mission artistique, Consulat Général de France à Boston."
Le Jour le plus Court is a chance to discover the great directors of today and tomorrow.
What Are the Goals of Le Jour le plus Court?
• Promote short films to the general public.
• Popularize showing these films on all screens and in all venues.
• Encourage amateur work and contribute to cultural democratization.
• Develop the essential role of networks and associations that work all year long to program and promote short films.
All screenings are free and open to the general public!
• For the full news release and a list of the films being screened, click here
2015 Programming at RIIFF
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, 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 6:00 p.m.
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. See details for this year's event, click here...
The cost is $100 for tickets. Order now. Red Carpet Experience: Providence tickets make for a great gift and the Red Carpet Experience: Providence is a wonderful escape from the winter blues.
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, Woodchuck Hard Cider 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
The 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.
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, March 30-April 3rd and will be free to the general public and campus community. The campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI will serve as the host location for the Festival. (To learn more, click here)
The Tournées French Film Festival will present six new important French feature films, (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.
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.
Location:, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Hosted by the RWU Film Production Club
Time: Will vary by day
Cost: Free Event
News for Filmmakers
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.