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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.
RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Twelfth Annual Festival Concludes Attracting Extraordinary
Films, Celebrities and Record Crowds
PROVIDENCE, RI (August 10, 2008). The 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) announced the winners in this year’s film competition at its annual Awards Ceremony held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel's Garden Room in Providence, RI. George T. Marshall, RIIFF's Executive Director welcomed over 175 attending filmmakers at the ceremony. He was joined by Adam Short, Producing Director; Demetria Carr, Associate Producing Director; and Chase Huneke, Programming Manager.
"It's been an amazing and sensational year for us," said RIIFF Executive Director George T. Marshall, "We had films screened and filmmakers attend from all over the world. The box office and audience levels were up significantly over last year. And we were blessed to have Bythe Danner, John Ratzenberger, Richard Jenkins, Mark Margolis, Kevin Sheridan, Ron Palillo, Dan Butler, Jason Clark and Marlyn Mason on hand to join in the cinematic celebration.
"Audience feedback has been equally strong, a clear indication that we were able to achieve the right programming mix. Of course, this is only due to the exceptionally strong films submitted to the Festival; so the kudos really belong to the filmmakers who made this year's event happen. We also had an exceptional staff in place that was filmmaker-centric and worked together as a team; making a clear difference in how this Festival was produced."
This year’s RIIFF ran August 5-10th and showcased 289 cinematic works submitted from over 53 countries, and 32 states in the United States. The 2008 RIIFF presented 58 World Premieres and 41 US/North American Premieres. Following months of adjudication and review, Festival films were selected from over 3,000 international submissions.
Attendance levels were well above 2007 records with 12 sold-out screenings throughout the week. Over 300 filmmakers registered with the festival in turn representing more than 100 titles that hailed from New Zealand, Belgium, Australia, Japan, Ireland, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Peru.
For the second year in a row, the Festival’s opening night took place at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), the elegant and historical theater, located at 220 Weybosset Street in the heart of downtown Providence. A record crowd of over 2,000 were in attendance.
Since RIIFF is one of only 62 film festivals (out of 7,000) world wide that is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) the Opening Night has become a crowd-pleasing salute to the Art of the Short Film. Actor, John Ratzenberger was the Master of Ceremonies. HB Communications and Sony Corporation showcased the latest media equipment in the lobby of the theatre as well as sponsoring the High Definition exhibition of the evening's films.
The Festival also presented major artistic and individual awards this year which included:
• The George M. Cohan Ambassador Award presented to Rhode Island actor, Richard Jenkins.
• The Crystal Vision Award presented to actress, Blythe Danner
• The Key to City of Providence presented to actor, John Ratzenberger.
The Annual RIIFF Producers Circle Awards for ongoing support of the Festival went to Paul Brooks, City of Providence; Steve Dirksmeier of Sony Corporation; and Christina Mealey, former Director of the KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp.
Honorary co-chairs for the 2008 edition of the Rhode Island International Film Festival are Providence Mayor David M. Cicilline and US Congressman James Langevin. The Festival's 2008 design and look were created by Antonio Cortez.
The RIIFF Awards were presented by RIIFF Executive Director George T. Marshall; Demetria Carr, RIIFF's Associate Producing Director; Jocelyn Donaghue, Courthouse for the Arts and Mary Healey Jamiel, documentary filmmaker.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival was supported in part by the City of Providence, the Providence Tourism Council, the Providence Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, WJAR TV10, The Providence Phoenix, Clear Channel Communications, Sony, HB Communications, SAG/INDIE, CVS, NewEnglandFilm.com, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Amtrak, URI's College of Arts and Sciences, URI's Feinstein College of Continuing Education, the URI Film Media Program, Rule Broadcast/Boston Camera, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Art New England Magazine and contributions from members and community supporters.
The Flickers Arts Collaborative, an organization with 25 years of experience presenting major artistic events as well as independent and foreign films to the public, produces the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
The RIIFF Awards 2008:
GRAND: “Gone Fishing”, Chris Jones, Director, United Kingdom
First: “New Boy” Steph Green, Director, Ireland
Second: “Absolutely Positive” Kate Brown, Director, Netherlands
GRAND: “The Full Picture” Jon Bowden, Director, USA
First: “This Beautiful City” Ed Gass-Donnelly, Director, Canada
Tied with: “Tobiro No Muko” (Left Handed) Laurence Thrush, Director, Japan
Second: “Wherever You Are” Rob Margolies USA
Best Feature Documentary:
GRAND: “Accelerating America” Timothy Hotchner, Director, USA
First: “The Wrecking Crew” Denny Tedesco, Director USA
Tied with: “Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes ” Peter Rosen, Director, USA
Second: “Small Voices” Heather Connell, Director U S A, Cambodia
Best Documentary Short
GRAND: “Trip to Hell & Back” Stu Maddux, Director, USA
First: “Swim Lessons: The Nick Irons Story” Alex Houston, Director, USA
Second: “Art in Darkness” Naomi Wise, Director USA & Canada
Directorial Discovery Award:
“Ancestor Eyes” Kalani Queypo, Director, USA, and
“The Graduates” Ryan Gielen, Director, USA
International Discovery Award:
GRAND: “Romans 12:20” The Shammasian Brothers, Directors, United Kingdom
First: “Sotto Il Mio Giardino” Andrea Lodovichetti, Director, Italy
Second: “The Pond” Sonja Phillips, Director, United Kingdom
Tied with: “Spielzeugland”(Toyland) Jochen Alexander Freydank, Director, Germany
RIIFF Director’s Choice Award “
Next Floor” Denis Villeneuve, Director, Canada
“Helping Hand” International Humanitarian Award
“Hakim” Ismail Sahin, Director, Germany, Tanzania
Providence Film Festival
GRAND: “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” Nancy Porter, Director, USA
First: “Commit to the Line” Rachelle Dermer, Director, U S A, Canada
Second: “Inside the Outside” Leigh Medeiros, Director, USA
GRAND: “Blackspot” Ben Hawker, Director, New Zealand
First: “Satellites & Meteorites” Paul Mullen (Picture Editor); Rick Larkin, Director, United Kingdom Tied with: “My Inventions” Tony Dean (Picture Editor); Robert Holbrook, Director, Canada
GRAND: “Model Rules” Marlyn Mason, Screenwriter; Ray Nomoto Robison, Director, USA
First: “Chasing the White Dragon” Kathilynn Phillips, Screenwriter/Director, USA
Second: “The Drummer” William Block, Screenwriter/Director, USA
GRAND: “eclipse” Mark Lapwood, Director, India, Australia, New Zealand
First: “Tongue of the Hidden” David Anderson, Director, United Kingdom
Tied with: "Ikigai" Brian Quigley, Director, Canada, Japan
Second: “Kataude” Akemi Tachibana, Director, Japan
GRAND: “Bi the Way” Brittany Blockman, Josephine Decker, Directors, USA
First: “The Back Room” Greg Ivan Smith, Director, USA
Tied with: “Karl Rove, I Love You” Dan Butler and Phil Leirness, Directors, USA
GRAND: “Crazy” Rick Bieber, Director, USA
First: “Of All the Things”, Jody Lambert, Director, USA & Philippines
Second: “I Can Tell the World”, Jody Lambert, Director, USA
Best Original Musical Composition (Score):
GRAND: “The Flyboys”, Music by Lisle Moore, USA
First: “Varmints”, Music by Johann Johannson, United Kingdon
Second: “Victor y la Maquina”, Music by Javier Romanos & José Antonio Pérez García, Spain
KIDSEYE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
KidsEye (Films Made for Kids):
GRAND: “Anita’s Africa”, Beverley Reid, Director, Canada, Uganda
First: “Mandy & Lester”, Lena Beug, Director, USA
Second: “Red Sneakers”, Michele Meek, Director, USA
KidsEye (Films Made by Kids):
GRAND: “tiny pillows …” Joseph Procopio, Director, Canada
Best Comedy Short
GRAND: “Bill” John Salcido, Director, USA
First: “Parachute” Lucas Fleischer and Paul Grellong, Directors, USA
Second: “Speed Dating” Crystal Liu, Director, USA
Tied with: “Struck” Taron Lexton, Director, USA
GRAND: “Varmints” Marc Craste, Director, United Kingdom
First: “This Way Up” Adam Foulkes; Alan Smith, Directors, United Kingdom
Second: “El Mono” Hyeseung Lee, Director, USA
NEW ENGLAND STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Best Undergraduate Student: (AVID AWARD)
GRAND: “Lover Boy” Zia Anger, Director, USA
First: “No Wind, No Waves” Julian Anthony Higgins, Director, USA
Best Graduate Student:
GRAND: “Haber” Daniel Ragussis, Director, USA
First: “The Wall” Michael Lloyd Green, Director, USA
Tied with: “The Replacement Child” Justin Lerner, Director, USA
GRAND: “Leaving Barstow” Kevin Sheridan, Actor, USA
First: “Happy New Year” Michael Cuomo, Actor, USA
Second: “Plainview” Ryan Driscoll, Actor, USA
GRAND: “Zum Dritten Pol” (The Third Pole), Denis Ducroz (Cinematographer/DP), Germany, France, Nepal, Switzerland
First: “Megalopolis” Roberto Cimatti (Cinematographer/DP), U S A, Pakistan, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, China, Italy
Second: “Janey Mary,” Seamus Deasy (Cinematographer/DP), Ireland
Special Jury Prize
“Certifiably Jonathan” Jim Pasternak, Director, USA
Vortex Sci-Fi & Fantasy:
GRAND Sci-Fi: “Afterville” Fabio Resinaro & Fabio Guaglione, Directors, Italy
First Prize Sci-Fi: “H5N1” Roberto De Feo, Director, Italy
“Hugo” Nicholas Verso, Director, Australia
First Prize Fantasy: “The Secret Adventures of the Projectionist” Max Sacker, Director, Germany
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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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