Festival Name: Rhode Island International Film Festival
Location: Providence, RI, United States
Now in its 14th year, the Rhode Island International Film Festival™, (RIIFF) will take place August 10-15, 2010. In its brief life span, the Festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. In 2009, RIIFF screened 235 cinematic works in seven days to large and appreciative crowds.
The films screened came from 51 countries, and 32 states in the United States. There were 28 World Premieres and 41 US Premieres. A total of 33 Narrative Features, 76 Documentaries, 33 Animations, 12 Experimental and 161 Short Films were screened.
What sets RIIFF apart is that the Festival is one of only a handful of broadly focused, independent festivals in New England accepting works of any type (dramatic, documentary, experimental, animation), on any subject matter, and in any genre. In 2002, RIIFF was notified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) that it had elected to recognize the Rhode Island International Film Festival as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the Annual Academy Awards. With more than 7,000 film festivals worldwide, only 63 have this recognition. In 2009, RIIFF was notified by the Academy that it would be the official Rhode Island host for Oscar Night America on March 7th, 2010.
RIIFF offers an artistic exchange as well as opportunities for the global creative community that are not available in the established entertainment industry. It is designed to foster contact among film directors, producers, distributors, backers and audiences. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to share new film product, test-market films in development, and share the film-making process with industry peers, students, and the general public.
The Festival's goal is to recognize achievement and innovation in a variety of filmmaking and storytelling disciplines while providing an opportunity to secure wider distribution. The Festival also actively supports and encourages film preservation and its restoration, thus ensuring future generations of this unique artistic medium.
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