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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.
TOP RIIFF DOCS SUBMITTED TO PRESTIGIOUS CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL
GuangzhouDocumentary Film Festival is the largest in China
PROVIDENCE,RI --For the second year in a row, a select group of top documentaries from the RhodeIsland International Film Festival (RIIFF) will be submitted to the GuangzhouDocumentary Film Festival (GZ DOC) in Guangzhou, China as part of a specialexchange program between the two festivals.
ThroughRIIFF’s partnership with GZ DOC – China’s largest documentary festival – the topRIIFF documentaries have an opportunity to screen at the Chinese film festivaland vice versa. Additionally,RIIFF docs have been chosen by GZDOC to participate in the SapphireMoving Image Salon traveling film series and special events for trade,cultural, and educational organizations.
“Thisis a unique opportunity for RIIFF filmmakers to reach Chinese audiences,”commented Adam Short, RIIFF’s Producing Director. “Not only do our filmmakers gain through this importantpartnership, but local audiences have a chance to see great documentary filmscurrently coming out of China.”
Accordingto GZ DOC Festival Director He Shaoguang, “Our festivals have recommended threedocumentaries to each other. Whileit may not sound like many films, it is the start of a productivecollaboration. Chinese documentaryfilmmakers are very glad to know their films are being screened in the RovingEye Documentary Film Festival. Ilook forward to visiting the festival with our filmmakers and to our continuedcooperation in the upcoming year.”
Lastyear, the RIIFF Audience Choice Award winning documentary “From The 50 YardLine” was accepted into GZ DOC. The film not only played to large audiences at the festival, but it wasalso included in a traveling screening series that toured major Chinese cities.
Thisyear’s nominated titles include:
The Flickers Arts Collaborative, anorganization with 25 years of experience presenting major artistic events aswell as independent and foreign films to the public, produces the RhodeIsland International Film Festival.
ABOUT THE RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discoversand empowers filmmakers. Held inProvidence, and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one ofonly 62 film festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the AcademyAwards (i.e. “Oscars”). RIIFF isNew England’s largest film festival. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyalaudiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for filmpremieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe. For more information,write RIIFF, P.O. Box 162, Newport, RI 02840. Telephone: 401-861-4445. E-mail: email@example.com, website: www.RIFilmFest.org
ABOUT THE GUANGZHOU DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
The Guangzhou International Documentary Festival (GZ DOC) started in2003 and, after five editions, has secured its status as the top documentaryfilm festival in China, as well as an important part of the internationaldocumentary market in Asia. Thefestival is held annually in December in Guangzhou and includes a DocumentaryMarket, public screenings, a thematic competition, and documentary-making seminars. All sections are open for applicationto participants internationally and domestically. For more information, please visit us on the web at<www.gzdoc.com>.
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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