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International Film Festival in Rhode Island.

About

One of the Best International Film Festivals and top 10 Short Film Festivals in the United States. Festival celebrates the independent spirit in film and has become a haven for independent filmmakers from throughout the world. In 2011, the Festival presented 200 films representing work that were shot and produced in 34 countries. There were 18 World Premieres and 21 US/North American Premieres. Attending the Festival were more than 200 filmmakers, producers, cast and crew plus an entourage from Greenland courtesy of the Danish government.

RIIFF is an Academy Award and BAFTA nominating Festival in the categories Short Narrative Films and Documentary Short Films.

Awards

  • Best Short: Presented to the Best Short at RIIFF. Qualifying entrant for Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; 
  • Viola M. Marshall Audience Awards: Winner of the audience award for best film in the Festival; 
  • Best Documentary Short. 
  • Best Director: Best Director of a Feature film; 
  • Best Animation/Experimental: Presented to the film with the Best Animation or Best Experimental approach in filmmaking; 
  • Best Editing: Awarded to original and most creative editing; 
  • Best Score: Presented to the film with the Best Original Soundtrack;
  • Providence Positive Lifestyle Award: Awarded to the film that takes a positive approach to life by addressing issues/problems and developing proactive solutions that inspire; 
  • Best Feature: Best feature film to play the festival; 
  • RIIFF Best Screenplay Award; 
  • Best Children's Film: Best film, either short or feature that is by or for kids; 
  • Student Filmmaker Award; 
  • Best Foreign Film. 

 

Rules

  • All entries must have been completed after January 2016.
  • 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.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Each entry must be accompanied by 1 Entry Form, 1 Payment Form and 1 signed Regulation Form (or WAB online form);
  • Each entry must be on a separate DVD (send by mail) or download work via Withoutabox. 

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO: George T. Marshall 
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR: Joanne Arnold 
  • PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR: Shawn Quirk 

Documents

Place

United States
Newport, Rhode Island

Official website

rifilmfest.org

Contacts

Address:

PO Box 162
36 Rhode Island Avenue
Newport RI 02840
U S A

Phone: 401-861-4445
Fax: 401-490-6735

Email: info@film-festival.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    January 15, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    May 15, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    June 01, 2018
  • Extended Deadline
    June 15, 2018
  • Notifications
    July 24, 2018
  • Event dates
    7 — 12 August 2018
Categories & Fees

The Rhode Island International Film Festival celebrates the art, craft and creativity of the animator. From special screenings, retrospectives and sidebar programs, RIIFF honors and extols this art form. Short animations are featured in most programming slots during the Festival and as stand-alone programs throughout the year. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Any fiction film with a running time of 40 minutes or less is considered a narrative short.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

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.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Any non-fiction film with a running time of 40 minutes or less is considered a documentary short.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Any non-fiction film with a running time of 41 minutes or more is considered a feature documentary. All time lengths are welcome.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films made by and for children and films that are family-friendly.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

• Full-length screenplay competition. Scripts not to exceed 130 double-spaced pages. Feature scripts are accepted from any genre, from any lifestyle orientation. • Teleplay/Short screenplay competition. Scripts not to exceed 40 double-spaced pages. Screenplays accepted from any genre. • Spotlight on Rhode Island

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $55

LGBTQ shorts and features. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

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. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films from the Canadian Provinces or by Canadian nationals. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

A Focus on Films from France and Francophone countries. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Celebrating the richness of Japanese culture and imagination. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films that showcase the depth and range of Chinese culture and experience. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

This sidebar places a focus on the art of the video game. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films made by students in high school (grades 9-12). Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Films made by students in college and grad school. Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

A runtime of any length is permitted.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes Features: minimum 41 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

A runtime of any length is permitted.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $50
  • Regular Deadline — $55
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75
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