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18-Apr-2014 9:22pm PDT  


FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)

18 Annual August 05, 2014 to August 10, 2014

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36 Rhode Island Avenue
Newport RI 02840
Phone: 401-861-4445
Fax: 401-490-6735

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

All Films
The Festival has an open call for entries. There are no category restrictions. Each work is juried solely on its own merits. The Festival seeks any combination of inventive, incisive, bold, vital and otherwise provocative work of any style or genre.
RIIFF screens a Horror sidebar during the main Festival in August. Additionally, RIIFF produces an annual Horror Film Festival each October as part of its special programming outreach. The Fest is known as the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. The largest festival of its kind in New England, the Horror Festival features restored silent film screenings, ghost tours, and four days of indie horror films and much more. RIIFF always runs a sidebar during its main fest of films of this genre as a prelude to the October event.
Films made by and for children. Known as the KidsEye™ International Film Festival, programming occurs during the main film festival and during special sidebars throughout the year.
Gay & Lesbian
The Festival runs a side-bar mini-festival known as the Providence LGBTQ Festival. It runs concurrently during the main RIIFF and features a special two-day sneak peak each June during Pride month. RIIFF partners with community organizations such as Rhode Island's Equity Action Fund and uses the side-bar as a way to raise awareness and generate funds for outreach community programs.
Films from the Canadian Provinces or by Canadian nationals. There are ttwo RIIFF sidebars: the first for French-language films was known as the "Jubile Franco-Americain" and in 2013 rechristened as the "Québec Film Festival," and the other is known as "From the North Country." Both salute Canada and the close ties with the United States and the long history with Flickers that dates back to 1994.
The Providence/Rhode Island Jewish Film Festival sidebar has an open call for entries. There are no category restrictions. Each work is juried solely on its own merits. The Festival seeks any combination of inventive, incisive, bold, vital and otherwise provocative work of any style or genre that address a theme that centers on the Jewish experience. Programming takes place during RIIFF and with side-bar screenings during the year.
Screenplay Competition
There are three areas in which you can submit:

Full-length screenplay competition. Scripts not to exceed 130 double-spaced pages. Feature scripts are accepted from any genre, from any lifestyle orientation and from within and/or outside the US

Teleplay/Short screenplay competition. Scripts not to exceed 40 double-spaced pages. Screenplays accepted from any genre, from any lifestyle orientation and from within and/or outside the US.

(Full-length and short screenplay)
For screenwriters, Rhode Island’s diverse landscape can be a character all unto itself. And a state with so much character makes for great stories. FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is now accepting entries for its 2014 Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Competition. RIIFF invites talented screenwriters from around the world to submit their original screenplays whose characters and locations anchor the story in Rhode Island. Entries can be A. feature film (max. 130 pages), B. movie of the week (max. 100 pages), or C. television pilot (max. 40 pages), and must be in standard industry formats. Scripts may be in any genre, present day or historic period. Adaptations of novels/books are not acceptable unless submitted by the author. Writers must also supply a log line and short synopsis. Finalist scripts will be read and judged by industry professionals.
Celebrating the richness of Japanese culture and imagination. RIIFF's parent, Flickers, has expanded its focus on Japanese film and culture with an expanded sidebar program and special cultural outreach initiatives.
Films that showcase the depth and range of Chinese culture and experience; to be screened in the RIIFF sidebar: "The Golden Jasmine Chinese Film Festival," presented in collaboration with the US China Institute and linked to our partner, the GZ Doc Fest in China.
The Festival seeks documentaries that are inventive, incisive, bold, vital and an otherwise provocative work. Any non-fiction film with a running time of 41 minutes or more is considered a feature, documentary. All time lengths are welcome. RIIFF is a strong supporter of this genre and promotes year round with special programming and events; notably the Roving Eye Film Festival sidebar in April.
Video Games
This sidebar places a focus on the art of the video game. From creativity to originality, selected work will represent what is new, daring and cutting edge in the genre. A special exhibition space, symposium and market have developed during RIIFF in August at the Rhode Island Film Forum.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Celebrating the world of science fiction and fantasy, films selected will play in the "Vortex Sci-Fi & Fantasy" sidebar. Along with screening during the main Festival in August, films may be selected for the October Horror/Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival celebrates the art, craft and creativity of the animator. From special screenings, retrospectives and sidebar programs, RIIFF extols this art form.
Any narrative work of fiction with a running time of 41 minutes or more, including films that are shot in a "mockumentary" style. In order to qualify as a U.S. Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction.

The Festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers and the film-going public. It's mission is to discover the new voices of independent film.

"One of the Best International Film Festivals and top 10 Short Film Festivals in the United States. The RIIFF provides the kind of intimate festival experience that will change your life. Don't miss it. "
Chris Gore, The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide

Now in its 18th year, 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 2013, the Festival presented 216 films representing work that were shot and produced in 65 countries. There were 55 World Premieres and US/North American Premieres. Attending the Festival were more than 176 filmmakers, producers, cast and crew.

In 2002, RIIFF was selected as a qualifying festival for Best Short Subject (Live action) through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In December 2003, RIIFF was cited as "One of The Top 10 Short Film Festivals in the United States."

In 2006, RIIFF was cited as one of the Top 12 United States Film Festivals by TravelSmart Magazine.

In 2010, RIIFF launched the Flickers North Country Film Festival at The Balsams in Dixville Notch, NH as part of its outreach in cultural tourism.

In 2010, RIIFF became a host for the annual Oscar® Night America for the state of Rhode Island.

In 2011, RIIFF continued expanding its outreach across the state of Rhode island, hosting exhibitions, symposia, special events and outdoor screenings. RIIFF is also a member of the New England Film Festival Alliance, which it helped found with the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival.

In 2012, RIIFF solidified new programming models such as the Rhode Island Film Forum, ScriptBiz, the Future Filmmaking Symposium, and the Discover RI: Walking Tour, all free to attending filmmakers who have been accepted into the Festival.

On April 25, 2013, the Festival was notified by the Bureau of International Information Programs at the U.S. Department of State that the Rhode Island International Film Festival would be featured as one of the nation’s top summer festivals for an upcoming social media campaign promoting international tourism to the United States.

Eurochannel: a multi national, cable channel based in Paris, Sao Paulo and Miami agreed to become an official partner with RIIFF. The channel will provide TV spots ten times a day during the month of August 2013 and have the RIIFF logo displayed on Eurochannel’s partner page. With IPads and smart phone devices the target platforms, Eurochannel will provide both international and domestic visibility in niche cinema markets.

RIIFF is cited and recognized as the largest film Festival in New England.

George T Marshall (Executive Director) ; Lawrence J. Andrade (Board) ; Lawrence J. Andrade (Treasurer, Board) ; Richard Corso (Hospitality Manager) ; Shawn Quirk (Program Director)


There are no category restrictions. Each work is juried solely on its own merits. The Festival seeks any combination of inventive, incisive, bold, vital and otherwise provocative work of any style or genre.


1. Formats accepted for exhibition: Blu-Ray-DVD, DVD and Digital Files.. Entries must be submitted on a DVD or online screeners via Withoutabox. (The Festival accepts NTSC/PAL formats. and digital regions 0 & 1).

2. All entries must have been completed after June 2012.

3. Films must be presented in their original language with English language subtitles.

4. Each entry must be accompanied by 1 Entry Form, 1 Payment Form and 1 signed Regulation Form for hard copy or the WAB online form.

5. Each entry must be on a separate DVD in NTSC format preferred; however, PAL is acceptable for filmmaker convenience.


Complete and sign the entry form and enclose it with a labeled DVD. Please include also a plot synopsis, cast and crew list, director's biography and entry fee(s). If you would like your DVD entry copy returned, please include a stamped, insured return package with your entry fee.

Entry Fee (Non Refundable)
(Fee Categories Refer to Festival copies)

• $50 per all entries regardless of length/except with discounts via WAB, except for early entries prior to Jan. 15th. Note the Withoutabox payment rate based on the submission date.

• Entry fees are made payable to "RIIFF/Flickers" by check, money order or credit card. All checks or money orders must be drawn on a US bank.

• Fees from outside the USA must be paid by certified check in US dollars or credit card. We will not accept personal checks from outside the United States.

• No cash accepted

• Films submitted after the deadline add a $10 late fee


• Features: 41 minutes or longer. Shorts: 40 minutes or less per Academy rules.


Submission of a work confirms that the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival has permission to exhibit it during the Festival and any Festival Tours. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills for exhibition promotion. RIIFF also hosts a "Best of Fest" screening after the main festival. Permission will be asked for participation if you are selected.


The general program and screening schedule are the exclusive responsibility of the Festival Director. Films accepted and included in the program cannot be withdrawn from competition once the entry form has been signed and submitted to the Festival.


Every precaution will be exercised in handling entries, but neither the Festival organizers, employees, sponsors, nor participating organizations can assume responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted. All films submitted to play at RIIFF will be previewed prior to exhibition with a log kept of their condition. Filmmakers will be notified if a film arrives damaged.


RIIFF will cover shipping costs only for return of the work to the point of origin. If a film comes from a domestic source, it will be returned to a domestic location. RIIFF will not ship to an overseas location if it came from a domestic source. All digital media and DVDs shipped domestically and to Canada will be by USPS with a receipt confirmation. All international shipping will be by Fed-Ex or USPS air based on prevailing rates. You must provide us with the appropriate address for shipping in a timely manner. Unless arranged in advance, no films/work will be sent out during the main film festival. Return shipping will take place within a three week period following the festival. All Fed-Ex titles will be shipped 3rd day return. Digital media without proper return information will not be shipped.

• DEADLINES: -- Very Important: Festival entries must be postmarked by January 15, May 15, June 1, and June 15th, 2014 for the respective deadlines.

• Accepted digital media are due to RIIFF for Traffic logging no later than July 15, 2014; or approximately one month before the annual festival.


Digital Media should be marked "For Festival Screening Only." Shipment should be prepaid by the sender. To obtain a notification of receipt, please include with your mailing a self-addressed, stamped postcard. IMPORTANT: Do not send via registered or certified mail.


All entries are initially reviewed by pre-screening officials. In June, the jury will consider the pre-screeners, semifinalists and any other entries submitted to the Festival they may wish to see (even those not passed on by the pre-screeners.) Following the jurors, decisions, a list of Finalists will be determined by the first week of July 2014. Acceptance of films to be invited and shown at RIIFF is by the Executive Director or Program Director via e-mail.


If your work is invited to screen at RIIFF, please submit whichever of the following materials you have immediately upon notification of acceptance to better aid in Festival publicity of your work in digital format: B&W stills; color images; Press Books; 3-6 One Sheets; one DVD video clip, MPEG, YouTube or Vimeo for web site inclusion. Please be sure to check your spam filters in order to receive RIIFF eblasts that will be directed to accepted filmmakers.


It is RIIFF's intention to provide a worry-free environment where people can conduct business and view work with ease. Our staff will be happy to provide for you a list of local hotels and B&B's upon request. We will also provide each attending filmmaker with a hospitality package which will include maps, passes, special offers at restaurants, entertainment complexes and local attractions.


RIIFF FILM FESTIVAL REGULATIONS Important: You must sign this form electronically indicating acceptance below. I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the Film's submittal for consideration for the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival (the “Festival”): 1. Acceptance of a film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent or production crew. 2. The festival is responsible for the one-way shipment of the print when leaving Providence after last play date; shipping will be to an equivalent point of origin within a three-week period from the Festival's close, unless arrangements are made in advance with the RIIFF Traffic team. 3. The number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of RIIFF. 4a. All accepted films into the Festival will be asked to supply a DVD or Blu-ray screener as part of the Festival's programming archives. This copy is for internal purposes only and becomes part of the Festival's historical record. 4b. Accepted films may be asked to participate in a best of festival program following the August event. No film will be screened without direct authorization and approval of the respective filmmaker. 4c.. A DVD copy of every film submitted to Flickers, whether accepted or rejected, will be kept as part of an ongoing Festival Archive in partnership with the Harrington School of Communications and Media at the University of Rhode Island. This archive is meant to introduce students to a greater understanding of world cinema, and will be used strictly as an educational resource with restricted academic access. All entrants will be asked to agree to participate or reject this option. This is separate from the accepted filmmaker archive cited in part 4a. 5. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that: (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights) in or relating to the Film (the “Film’s Owners”), to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity; and (c) the Film is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Film the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding. 6. I further represent and warrant, on behalf of myself and the Film’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Film does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Film at or in connection with the Festival. 7. In the event that the Film is accepted by the Festival, I acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Film’s Owners, that the Festival's exhibition or presentation of the Film does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival on the one hand and myself and/or the Film’s Owners on the other. I further acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Film’s Owners, that I and we understand that neither I nor any of the Film’s Owners will receive any compensation for such exploitation. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the Festival or the Flickers Arts Collaborative in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the Festival’s selection of the Film. I and the Film’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Film by the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or the Flickers Arts Collaborative of the content of the Film or any opinion expressed therein. 8. I agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival and the Flickers Arts Collaborative, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, parents, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives (collectively, “Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Parties”) from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney's fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity or may be incurred by the Festival, the Flickers Arts Collaborative or any Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Parties at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival’s use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Flickers Arts Collaborative, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions. 9. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, that the Film is being submitted to the Festival voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Film neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Festival, the Flickers Arts Collaborative or any Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Parties to accept the Film for the Festival, to exhibit the Film at the Festival, to acknowledge the submission of the Film, or to return the Film to me or others. I further agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Film’s Owners, that I and the Film’s Owners, in submitting the Film for consideration, are waiving and relinquishing any right to assert any claim or commence any proceeding in any forum or tribunal against the Festival, the Flickers Arts Collaborative or any Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Parties, based upon, arising out of or otherwise relating to the submission, exhibition, or failure to exhibit the Film (including, without limitation, claims relating to any failure or refusal to exhibit the Film at the Festival, the exhibition or marketing of the Film at or in connection with the Festival, alleged oral or written representations by the Festival or its representatives relating to the submission or exhibition of the Film, and any other matters arising from or relating to the submission of the Film), whether such claims may be based on theories of contract, implied contract, tort, statute, or other legal theory. In the event that any claim is asserted or any proceeding is commenced in violation of the agreement set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, I agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of each of the Film’s Owners, to indemnify the Festival from any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney's fees and other costs) that are incurred by any of the foregoing as a result of or in connection with any such claim or proceeding brought in violation of the representations and agreements set forth in this paragraph, including, without limitation, reimbursement of all attorney’s fees incurred or to be incurred by the Festival, the Flickers Arts Collaborative or any Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Parties in connection with any claim, arbitration or other proceeding brought or initiated by me or any of the Film’s Owners or any other representative of the Film. 10. In the event that the Film is accepted by the Festival, I hereby grant, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, each of the following rights to the Festival, the Flickers Arts Collaborative and their related entities without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Film for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and to grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion. 11. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that, if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided the Festival with a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. 12. I further agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, that any claim, dispute or controversy arising out of, in connection with, or otherwise related to the Film, the Festival, or these Terms and Conditions (including the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof), as well as the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be governed by the internal, substantive laws of the State of Rhode Island and will be submitted to exclusive, binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in Providence, Rhode Island. Such arbitration will be administered by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The arbitrator will be selected by mutual agreement of the parties or, if the parties are unable to agree on an arbitrator, will be appointed by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and shall have the right to award any monetary relief with the exception of punitive or exemplary damages. Additionally, the arbitrator shall have the power to award, and shall award, to the substantially prevailing party in any such arbitration, its reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses incurred in connection with the arbitration (including, without limitation, reimbursement of that party’s share of the arbitrator’s fees and JAMS administrative charges), as well as any other relief that the Arbitrator deems just and proper. The arbitrator’s award shall be final, binding and nonappealable. Judgment on the arbitrator’s award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction in the United States. In agreeing to this exclusive arbitration provision, I hereby waive and relinquish, on behalf of myself and each of the Film’s Owners, any right or entitlement that I or the Film’s Owners might otherwise have had to bring or litigate any claim or claims encompassed by this paragraph in federal or state court against the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the Festival, or any Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Party, and any right to a trial by jury with respect to such claim or claims. 13. I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understood the rules and regulations for submitting a film to the Festival, located at, and that the information contained in the aforementioned document shall supersede any information obtained elsewhere, including, but not limited to, information contained in any Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents and/or rules and regulations documents from prior years. 14. By clicking "I Agree" below, I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Film’s Owners by the Festival, the Flickers Arts Collaborative, or any Flickers Arts Collaborative Related Parties. Additionally, I have read, understand, and agree to the terms and conditions stated for RIIFF Screenplay Competition if that is the competition for which I am applying. RIIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION REGULATIONS IMPORTANT: You must sign this form electronically indicating acceptance below. As sole owner of the submitted work, I attest that the following is true and correct: 1. I understand that the reference "work" applies to all full length screenplays and all 1/2-hour shorts and teleplays, essentially the script in whatever style, form, or purpose. 2. I have read, understand and agree with the official rules of the competition, and I request that RIIFF read, evaluate and judge my submitted work. 3. I warrant that I am the author of the submitted work, and that I have full and exclusive right to submit the work to RIIFF Screenplay Competition based on the terms and conditions stated herein. I further understand that collaborative efforts must include each author's authorization based on this agreement, and that if more than one author selects to abide by the agreement, the reference "I" throughout the agreement applies to each designee, jointly and severally. 4. I warrant that the submitted work is not presently under option and/or has not been purchased by a third party. 5. Fees: Standard submissions must be postmarked not later than 1 July. The standard submission fee of $40.00 (full-length) or $25.00 (teleplay/short), US Dollar, must accompany each submission. For all scripts arriving after the standard deadline, a $10 late fee will be imposed per script. 6. I have retained two copies of the work and release RIIFF of and from any and all liability for loss of, or damage to, the copy of said work submitted hereunder. 7. Multiple submissions: Each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry form, a separate submission release statement, and with the appropriate submission fee. 8. I understand that RIIFF will not seek employment for me, nor will RIIFF act in the capacity of an agent, manager, or representative in behalf of my work unless expressly asked to do so. 9. I hereby indemnify RIIFF, their officers, employees, representatives, readers, judges, sponsors, and affiliates from and defend them against any and all claims, demands, costs, damages, judgments, expense loses, or liabilities arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, whether or not groundless, that may be in connection with the submission of this work. 10. I understand that any dispute should be submitted to arbitration in the City of Providence, state of Rhode Island, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect. The arbitrator's decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and will be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear his or its own costs of arbitration and attorneys' fees.