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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.


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,, 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:

Best Short

GRAND: “Gone Fishing”, Chris Jones, Director, United Kingdom

First: “New Boy” Steph Green, Director, Ireland

Second: “Absolutely Positive” Kate Brown, Director, Netherlands


Best Feature:

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: “Small Voices” Heather Connell, Director U S A, Cambodia

Second: “Swim Lessons: The Nick Irons Story” Alex Houston, Director, USA


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


Best Experimental:

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


Alternative Spirit:

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


Best Soundtrack:

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 (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


Best Animation:

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



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


Best Acting:

GRAND: “Leaving Barstow” Kevin Sheridan, Actor, USA

First: “Happy New Year” Michael Cuomo, Actor, USA

Second: “Plainview” Ryan Driscoll, Actor, USA


Best Cinematography:

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


GRAND Fantasy:

“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 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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