August 7-12, 2012
Rhode Island, United States
What’s It All About?
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), now in its 16th year, has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers. It offers an artistic exchange as well as opportunities for the global creative community. It is designed to foster contact among film directors, artists, producers, distributors, backers and the audience. Filmmakers can share new film products, test-market films in development and share the filmmaking process with peers, students and the public.
The festival recognises achievement and innovation in a variety of filmmaking and storytelling disciplines while providing an opportunity to secure wider distribution. It takes place in the historic cities of Providence as well as satellite locations throughout the state including Bristol, Narragansett, Barrington, Cranston and Westerly. One of the most unique elements of the festival comes from its geographic location and cultural-heritage linkages.
The structure for this year’s festival will include multiple screenings of both film and video over six days. Filmmakers will be available for discussion and commentary at Opening Night Celebration, President’s Reception, Awards Brunch, A Conversation With…, Closing Night Gala, film forums, master classes and colloquia.
Watch Out For!
Opening Night films include:
• Elfar Adalsteins’ Sailcloth
• Frederic Casella’s Tooty’s Wedding
• Yan England’s Henry
• Terry Gilliam’s The Wholly Family
• Terry George’s The Shore
• John Salcido’s Cataplex
• Ahmet Tas’ Brot
Some of the films to be screened are:
• The Runner
• The Gruffalo’s Child
• Funeral Kings
• Double Or Nothing
• Calcutta Taxi
• Ballroom Dancer
• Along Recovery
Highlights of the festival
• 200 films over 6 days at locations across Rhode Island
• Opening Night Screening Celebration
• ScriptBiz 2012, a screenplay workshop with special guests on August 10
• RI Film Forum returns
• Celebration of international short films from more than 50 countries, and the world and US premieres of multiple independent short, feature and documentary films
• Weekend showcase of local and regional filmmakers, writers and artists
• Nightly filmmaker networking parties throughout Providence
• Academy-Award Qualifier announced at the official awards presentation on August 12
• RIIFF Screenplay Contest
Screenplays entered will be judged by a distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans
Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language
RIIFF also encourages gay and lesbian-themed screenplay entries for its 16th Anniversary Festival and its annual Providence Gay & Lesbian (GLBT) Film Festival.