Rhode Island International Film Festival
For the smallest state, Little Rhody (as the locals lovingly call it) plays host to a number of larger-than-life events. The Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of biggest. Out of 7,000 film festivals worldwide, the RIIFF is one of only 19 qualifying festivals with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the Oscars. That means that a short film you catch in a cozy theater in Providence may later go on to be recognized on one of the biggest stages in the world!
In addition to its star power (the Farrelly brothers debuted their comedy There’s Something About Mary here in 1998), the RIIFF offers festival-goers a number of interactive filmmaking workshops, industry meet-and-greets and seminars. Opening Night, on August 7th, will feature a sampling of short films from around the world, followed by a red carpet gala celebrating the Festival’s legacy.
The RIIFF will run from August 7th through 12th this year, with Opening Night at the Providence Performing Arts Center and other screenings at venues throughout the state. Various levels of tickets – ranging from $15 for general admission to $50 for the gala and screening to $500 for a limited edition: Flickers' all-access pass – are available online.