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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.
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2008 ROVING EYE DOCUMENTARY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 13, 2008)– After extensive deliberation and evaluation, Festival judges have announced the top award winners for the 2008 Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival, a sidebar of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The categories this year are the Audience Choice Award, The Roving Eye Doc Festival Award, Best Cinematography, Emerging Eye First Time Director, and Honorable Mention. The month-long Festival ran from April 2nd – May 10th at locations throughout the st...

RIIFF WINS NEW ENGLAND EMMY AWARD

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RIIFF WINS NEW ENGLAND EMMY FOR ITS 2007 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS / FESTIVAL PROMOTIONS PROVIDENCE, RI (May 11, 2008) The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) won a New England Emmy Award for its promotional campaign that showcased the Oscar-qualifying event. The trophy was presented in the packed ballroom of the Boston Marriott Copley Place for the 31st Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards. The Board of Governors of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academ...

RIIFF Community Outreach & Adopt-a-Film Programs Announced for 2008

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 25, 2008)– The Rhode Island International Film Festival and its producer, the Flickers Arts Collaborative, embrace the rich diversity of its community and proudly support local non-profit organizations. This year, two special programs will be offered to support non-profits in Rhode Island: The 2008 RIIFF Community Outreach Program and the Adopt-a-Film Initiative. These were created with the idea that film offers new perspectives and possibilities for an ever-changing ...

RIIFF RECEIVES A NEW ENGLAND EMMY NOMINATION FOR ITS 2007 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS / FESTIVAL PROMOTIONS

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 The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) – is very proud to report that it has received a nomination for a New England Emmy Award. RIIFF was recently notified by The Board of Governors of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences about the nomination in the category of Community/Public Service (PSAs) Campaign. The campaign featured two spots. Entitled "No Excuses," it was created by William Smith, Director; Miraj Be...

TOP RIIFF DOC PLAYS CHINA

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The Rhode Island International Film Festival’s 2007 Audience Choice Award Winner Screens at Prestigious Sun Yat-sen University PROVIDENCE, RI (April 9, 2008) – The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)– New England’s largest film festival and its only Academy Award qualifying event – is pleased to announce the screening of “From The 50 Yard Line” at the prestigious Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China thanks to a special partnership between the two festivals. ...

CALLING ALL SCREENWRITERS: SCRIPTBIZ™ SEEKS YOUR COMEDIC (OR OTHERWISE) SHORTS

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JUNE 30TH DUE DATE FAST APPROACHING… PROVIDENCE, RI (April 7, 2008)—No, we don’t want to see your Homer Simpson boxers. What we do want is your wittiest or most thoughtful mini-masterpiece, postmarked by June 30th 2008! For the fifth year in a row, ScriptBiz—the screenwriting seminar of the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), August 5-10, 2008—will feature a Staged Reading of three Short Scripts of fifteen pages or fewer. The reading compliments two days of screenwrit...

RIIFF’S FILM FORUM AT BORDER RETURNS WITH AUTHOR SCOTT HEIM APRIL 8TH, 2008

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NOTED AUTHOR INTRODUCES HIS LATEST NOVEL AND DISCUSSES THE CREATIVE ART OF FILM ADAPTATION PROVIDENCE, RI (April 3, 2008) – The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Borders Bookstore host their monthly film forum on April 8th, 7:00 p.m. at the Borders Bookstore Providence Place Mall. The Topic for the Evening: From Fiction to Film: Journeys in Imagined Lands with noted author, Scott Heim. What are the sparks that ignite the flames of imagine? How does one adapt an internal...

"BEYOND THE CALL" GIVEN A ‘FIRST LOOK’ PREMIERE SCREENING IN RHODE ISLAND

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Acclaimed Film by Oscar Nominee, Adrian Belic to be Given a Special Preview Screening at the 2008 Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival PROVIDENCE, RI (April 3, 2008) – Over the past four years, the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has provided an opportunity for local audiences to see new cinematic work before being screened at the main Festival in August. Called the “First Look” series, many notable films had their “unofficial premieres” and went on gather acclaim...

RIIFF’S ANNUAL PRESENTATION AT THE ORIGINAL GLBT EXPO IN NYC

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FESTIVAL COLLABORATES WITH LONG ISLAND GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL TO PRESENT VIDEO LOUNGE (Providence, RI March 30, 2008) The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) teams up with the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film to host the Original GLBT Expo’s Video Lounge, April 5 and 6TH, 2008 at the Jacob Javits Center, New York City. The Expo's attendance reaches 20,000 annually and attracts people from all over the world. The lounge will consist of 400 square feet on the floor of the ...

ROVING EYE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL™

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Statewide Screenings Focus on the Art of the Documentary PROVIDENCE, RI (March 24, 2007)-- The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its third annual Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival™. This month-long celebration of international documentaries will screen at locations across the state, including:  Westerly, Richmond, Providence, Warwick, Bristol, and Smithfield. A selection of short and feature documentaries will be shown and all screenings, unless other...

YOU BE THE JUDGE NIGHT AT CLARK LIBRARY: Oscar qualifying film festival premieres popular screening series in Richmond, Rhode Is

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PROVIDENCE, RI (March 21, 2008) – The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF)– New England’s largest film festival and only Academy Award qualifying event – will premiere its popular “You Be the Judge” Night at the Clark Memorial Library in Richmond.  The event will take place on April 15th at 7:00 p.m. Last year, over 2,500 films were submitted to RIIFF.  The reputation of the festival continues to grow as filmmakers and audiences from around the world spread the wo...

RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE NEW ENGLAND STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL

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PROVIDENCE, RI: Students in Film Studies, Media and Communications at New England Colleges and Universities have a unique film competition that is geared strictly for their work. The Rhode Island International Film Festival is pleased to announce its fourth annual New England Student Film Festival. This competition-based event will again be launched in August of 2008 as part of the annual RIIFF, August 5th – 10th and from there expand into year round programming, with screenings, classes an...

Call for Screenplay Entries to the12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival, August 2008

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(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island International Film Festival is calling for Screenplay Entries for its 12th annual festival, which takes place August 5-10, 2008 in historic Providence, Rhode Island. The Festival is accepting screenplays in all genres. Screenplays must have been written after 2005.  Screenplays entered into the competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans. The Grand Prize winner may have segments of the ...

YOUNG FILMMAKERS PUT THEIR SKILLS TO WORK AT KIDSEYE CAMP

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Annual Summer Camp Gives Young People The Chance to Experience the Art Of Filmmaking!  (PROVIDENCE, RI) March 5, 2008— The KidsEye™ Summer Filmmaking Camp returns this July 7-11, 2008 for its benchmark tenth year anniversary. KidsEye™ is a five-day summer camp held at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, that exposes young people to the basics of filmmaking through interactive workshops. With approximately 35 participants ages 8-17 that attend each KidsEye™ has grown in...

BORDERS FILM FORUM RETURNS 03/11/08

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The ins and outs of the niche film festival circuit PROVIDENCE, RI (March 4, 2008) – The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Borders Bookstore hosts its monthly film forum on March 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Borders Bookstore Providence Place Mall. The question addressed and answered: Now that you’ve made your film, you need to ask yourself, “How do I get it out there for people to see?” The festival circuit is one of the most popular and useful tools for connectin...

RIIFF’S FOURTH ANNUAL "FIRST LOOK" PREMIERE SCREENING & CELEBRATION

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Screening of acclaimed new film,"Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer" crowns event honoring ElaineLorillard, founder/creator of the Newport Jazz FestivalPROVIDENCE, RI (March 3, 2008) – For the past four years, RIIFF has held an unusual fundraising event: a "First Look" at new and cutting- edge film work and a party to celebrate staff and friends who have made the Festival what it is today: Jon and Betty Jane Berberian, owners of the Columbus Theatre ArtsCenter and Lawr...

Cine¡OLÉ!

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¡Hola Barcelona! ¡Hola Madrid! ¡Hola Sevilla! ¡Hola cine de España!  Cine¡OLÉ! is your passport to contemporary, independent Spanish film.  The Rhode Island International Film Festival is pleased to present a series of special screenings that explore the cinema of one of the world’s great filmmaking countries.  Think Pedro Almodóvar, Carlos Saura, or Luis Buñuel - Spanish filmmakers are highly regarded and in demand, helming film projects across Europe, the United States, and...

RIIFF ANNOUNCES 2007 HORROR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS: New Screenplay Contest to Become Annual Event

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PROVIDENCE, RI  (12/28/07)  – Horror writers traded in their machetes for pens and entered their screenplays in the first annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Horror Screenplay Contest.  Three top-prize winners were announced today.  “The horror genre is becoming one of our most popular,” commented Adam Short, manager of the screenplay contest.  “Our Horror Film Festival draws more submissions and larger audiences every year.  We thought it was time to recogn...

2008 Call for Entries

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The Rhode Island International Film Festival, now in its 12th year, 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, awardwinning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. With the ongoing support of the City of Providence along with co...

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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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