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July Events...

  • Gilbert Baker Film Festival
  • Queer Asia Film Festival
  • Schwule Filmtage Bielefeld
Rhode Island International Film Festival

Rhode Island International Film Festival


Tuesday, 06 August 2024 until Sunday, 11 August 2024

A heavyweight in the world of film festivals...and, quite possibly, the hardest working!!!

Here's what they do throughout the year...

Flickers' Sidebar Festivals & Screenings of Note:

• Rhode Island International Film Festival - August

 Children's Hospitals International Film Festival - April

 Ciné Québec - March and November yearly

 New England University French Discovery Program

 LGBT Expo Film Showcase - September

 Francophonie Film Festival - March yearly

• Roving Eye International Film Festival

• Providence LGBTQ Film Festival

 KidsEye International Film Festival

 Second Stage Theatre 

• Jewish Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly

 Islamic Experience Film Series - Spring and Fall yearly

 RIIFF Encore Film Series - Monthly

 Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival - October

 Flickers Irish Film Feis - November yearly

 Le jour le plus court: The Shortest Day of the Year - December yearly


Grand Prize, Short Film

Now in its 28th year, the FLICKERS' RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrates the independent spirit in film and has become a haven for independent filmmakers from throughout the world. In 2023, the Festival presented 350 films representing works that were shot and produced in 106 countries. There were 94 World Premieres and US/North American Premieres. Expanding the Festival to its pre-covid presence was the goal of the 2023 event, which maximized its in-person screening offerings, expanded its industry panel events, and hosted numerous receptions, galas, and industry mixers throughout the week. This, along with expanded outdoor screening options (both on the coast and within Providence), and an online portal for on-demand and geo-blocked screenings, allowed the festival to raise the bar yet again in its industry presence and ever growing audience following both home and abroad.

Our most notable prizes are the selection of Best Short Film Live Action (Grand Prize), Best Documentary Short (Grand Prize), and Best Animated Short (Grand Prize) that in turn are eligible for nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Seventy Six (76) films that were either premiered or discovered at RIIFF have gone on to receive Oscar ® nominations. From this pool, eleven (13) have gone on to win the coveted award.

In 2020, Five (5) films from the 2019 Festival were nominated for Academy Awards® bringing the total nominations from the Festival to 76. RIIFF is also an official qualifying event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, and two shorts from RIIFF 2017 received BAFTA nominations.

RIIFF also recognizes excellence in a number of categories, including Best Feature Film,
Best Feature Documentary Film, and Best Director. Juried and Audience Choice Awards aim to highlight filmmakers who are pushing the medium of film to new and unexplored territories. For a complete list of 2020 awards, please go to this URL: