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The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 65 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.
Calling Screen Writers and Movie Fans: ScriptBiz™ Returns in August
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 9, 2008)– Do you have a story idea that you feel would make a great film? Hopeful screenwriters, ScriptBiz™ is coming this August to Providence, RI. ScriptBiz™ is a two-day workshop created and presented by the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Instructors are professional filmmakers, directors, writers, and other experienced members of the film community who will guide students down the right path to putting their creative ideas onto paper and getting their final product into the right hands. This year’s topics will include: informative instruction on promoting work to appropriate filmmakers; making an appealing pitch, as well as learning to network with the right people; training writers on the specific aspects of storytelling, including plot, character, and dialogue; instruction on using appropriate computer software and formatting tools to aid in the writing process. Finally, students will learn how to market their story and receive compensation for their final screenplays.
ScriptBiz™ will take place August 4-5, a great welcoming introduction to the Rhode Island International Film Festival, which kicks off the evening of August 5th. ScriptBiz™ 2008 will be held at the Renaissance Providence Hotel, 5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI.
Monday’s workshop will begin at 9 a.m. Registration takes place between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and the day ends at 6 p.m. Tuesday’s program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. The fee for each day is $105, or $150 for both workshops. Refreshments will be served during morning and afternoon breaks. These have been helpful in the past, allowing panelists and attendees an opportunity to discuss their writing firsthand, while also building lasting connections.
This year’s guests will include: Tim McIntyre from Nickelodeon’s Fairy Odd Parents; Chris Sparling from Scarred Heeled Productions; Pilar Alessandra, whose clients have sold scripts to Warner Brothers, Sony, and Fox; and Edward Delany, who is a local screenwriting professor from Roger Williams University.
To apply to ScriptBiz™ 2008, fill out and submit the downloadable application on the film festival’s website, www.film-festival.org. In celebration of this year’s 12th Annual RIIFF, we are offering a discount from the workshop’s day pass to potential ScriptBiz™ participants who are students, stay-at-home parents, and those who have participated in past ScriptBiz™ workshops.
For more information on ScriptBiz™ 2008, contact Adam Short, Producing Director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival at firstname.lastname@example.org; call the festival office headquarters at (401) 861-4445; or go to the official website at www.RIFilmFest.org
ABOUT THE RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards (i.e. “Oscars”). RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a week long extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is New England’s largest film festival, screening a record 300 films. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe. This year’s Festival takes place August 5-10, 2008.
For more information, write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-
Marshall George T.
(FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival)
George Thomas Marshall is the founder and producing director of the Flickers the Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization with 29 years of experience producing programming and creative outlets for filmmakers, visual and performing artists. In addition to producing the acclaimed Rhode Island International Film Festival, one of Flickers' most successful events to date, it also created the annual Jubilé Franco-Américain - a week-long celebration of French Canadian culture, art and cuisine which is held annually in Northern R.I. This event was awarded the Governor's Tourism Award and drew over 20,000 annually.
Mr. Marshall created,
produced and hosted the fine arts informational television
program, "Between Takes," which received
numerous awards from the states of R.I., Massachusetts
and national recognition. His work has won three and been
nominated for four New England Emmy awards, won four national
Telly awards, top prizes at WorldFest Houston, and
won three national Communicator
Awards for Excellence.
He also teaches communications, television
production, public speaking and acting for camera courses at various
colleges and universities in the area and
media / marketing consultant to businesses and
organizations. Mr. Marshall is a frequent
contributor and participant on industry panels and seminars exploring
the evolution, culture, growth and future of independent film.
In 2006, he created a Special Topics Course at Roger Williams University on Documentary Film and Journalism, which he now teaches yearly during the Spring semester. He recently completed a chapter entitled "Teaching Digital Documentary Film New Technologies Meet the Art of Storytelling" for the new college text book: “Teaching with Multimedia: Pedagogy in the Blogo/Websphere,” which is being released in 2010. He was on a committee that developed the New Media & the Global Diaspora Symposium, at RWU October 2008, where he chaired a panel on international media and film. He is working with faculty on developing a Film Minor for the Communications Department at Roger Williams University. In the Fall of 2009, he introduced the first Film and Video course on campus. In the Spring of 2010, he introduced a new course to the curriculum: "Curation and and Film Festival Production." Currently, he is enaged with school administration in establishing the Roving Eye Film Festival as a yearly event on campus and will bring the Tournées French Film Festival to campus for the 2010-2011 academic year.
In the Fall of 2008, Mr. Marshall chaired a panel on Documentary Film at the Ruff Cutz Indie Film Conference, Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, Waltham, MA. and presented on a panel at the International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. His topic was creating new modalities for "Building a Culture of Community Outreach." In 2010, along with the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival and the Woods Hole Film Festival, he was a principal in the creation of the New England Film Festival Alliance (NEFFA), an organization designed to link New England Film Festivals and create a nexus for joint sponsorships, information sharing and cross-promotion.
In the Fall of 2010, Mr. Marshall will introduce a new film Festival that he created to the New England region: the Flickers: North Country Film Festival. Scheduled to launch at The Balsams in Dixville Notch, NH, the Festival has been designed with the specific intent to spur cultural tourism and job creation.
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