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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.


Two-Day Screenwriting Workshop to take place at this year’s

Rhode Island International Film Festival

(PROVIDENCE, RI) ScriptBiz 2008 has a developed two days of interactive and informational workshops for aspiring screenwriters desiring to hone and harness their craft. Special guests include Hollywood filmmaker MICHAEL CORRENTE (“Federal Hill,” Outside Providence,” “American Buffalo,” “Brooklyn Rules,” “Dumb & Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary”), PILAR ALESSANDRA (On the Page Script Consulting. Clients have gone on to option to FOX, Sony, and Warner Brothers); ANN MARIE MURPHY (President of Eastern Script Research Company.  Clients include:  MTV, Nickelodeon, Lion’s Gate, and Hallmark), TIM MCINTYRE (Nickelodeon’s “Fairy Oddparents”); author and filmmaker EDWARD DELANY (The Times Were Never So Bad; recipient of the PEN-Winship Award in fiction), CHRIS SPARLING (Scarred Heel Productions, “An Uzi at the Alamo”), and ERIC LATEK (Phantazma Pictures, “A Life In The Day of Ringo Vings,” “Sweet Dreams,” Cox Communications: “Real Stories, Real People”); and Steven Feinberg, Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office.

ScriptBiz™ is designed to guide not only the creative process of writing a successful screenplay, but also the delicate art of promoting to filmmakers through effective networking and making a compelling and incisive pitch. Attendees of ScriptBiz™ receive two days of intensive training and shared knowledge from film professionals.

“This year, we’re aiming to get back to the basics on what makes a story work and how to make your script marketable to producers.” Jenn Dlugos, (award-winning screenwriter and a Scriptbiz™ coordinator for the RIIFF.) “Whether you are trying to write your first script or have a few scripts under your belt, there’s something for you to learn at Scriptbiz!”

To apply to ScriptBiz™ 2008 workshop, fill out and submit the downloadable application at URL: .

The total cost of this year’s workshop is $105 for one day, or $150 for both!  Prior RIIFF screenplay contestants, college faculty, teachers, and students receive a 10% discount to ScriptBiz™.  Be sure to add this to your registration form.  For information, please contact Adam Short, RIIFF Producing Director at, or Jenn Dlugos at You can also call the Festival Office at 401/861-4445. 



9.00  -- 12:00:  Writing the Script panels with Tim McIntyre, Pilar Alessandra, Ann Marie Murphy, Edward J Delany, and Chris Sparling.  Participants will learns the ins and outs of script writing, learn how to make their story resonate with an audience, and learn how to write compelling dialogue. 

12.00 PM     LUNCH (on your own) 


2006 Screenplay winner: “Slidin’ Home” by Jodi L. Johnson, North Hollywood, CA. A young boy with chronic illness and his grandfather go on a cross-country adventure to fulfill his dream of meeting the Boston Red Sox.

2007 Screenplay winner: “Last Ride of the Valkyrie” by David C. Mathews and Joel Davis from Los Angeles, CA  When Valhalla is destroyed, Thyvalla the Valkyrie must battle the evil deity, Loki, to retrieve the fabled Odinstone.  Thyvalla’s quest takes her to modern day Earth, where she meets a student of Norse mythology, who accompanies her back to the ruins of Valhalla to aid the Valkyrie in her epic struggle.

3:00 – 4:30 PM   PITCH CONTEST

Attendees will have the opportunity to come up with a one minute pitch for their screenplay, and pitch it to a panel of judges.  The winning pitch will be announced Tuesday night and receive a free screenplay consultation from Silver Wing Script Services! 




9.00 - 12:00 PM  MARKETING YOUR SCRIPT PANEL with Michael Corrente, Edward J. Delaney, Erik Latek, Steven Feinberg, and Chris Sparling. Participants will learn how to make a compelling pitch, effective networking skills, treatment writing, and how to increase their chances of getting their material read by producers. 

12:00   LUNCH 

1:00 – 1:30 PM  Announcement of Pitch Contest Winner and 2006/2007 Screenwriting Contest Winners Award Ceremony

2:00 – 5:00 PM  Participants will be able to use the marketing skills they learned with a Screenwriters’ Networking Party at TEMPLE BAR on Thayer Street! 



Office: 268 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903; Phone: 401/861-4445; Fax: 401/490-6735

To apply 2008 ScriptBiz™, visit the following URL:


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 weeklong 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-

861-4445. E-mail:, website:


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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 serves as media / marketing consultant to businesses and non-profit organizations. Mr. Marshall is a frequent contributor and participant on industry panels and seminars exploring the evolution, culture, growth and future of independent film.

Mr. Marshall holds bachelors and masters degrees in political science with a focus on communications from the University of Rhode Island and Brown University, respectively, and studied film at the University of Southern California. He serves on the board of directors for Christmas in Newport and has served as the vice chairman of the Newport Cultural Commission, where he created the city of Newport's First Night Celebration, the annual Scholarship Award, and the January Film Festival. He is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Media Panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Alliance for Community Media, the International Television Association and listed in the International Who's Who of Professionals. He was selected in the fall of 2002 and 2003 as "One of the Most Influential People" in Rhode Island by the Providence Phoenix. In 2003, he was made a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow for his role as an arts leader in the state. In January 2005, he was presented with an Alumni Achievement Award in the Arts from the University of Rhode Island. In 2007, he was recognized by Mayor David M. Cicilline and the City of Providence with a Citizen Citation for his achievements in the arts and the media industry. In 2008, he was cited by the Providence Phoenix as one of "30 Local Luminaries" in the state of Rhode Island. Currently he is promoting the restoration of the Columbus Theatre in Providence and its use as a community arts center and spurring the evolution of a new regional advocacy group, the North Eastern Film Alliance.

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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