Last year, RIIFF presented 210 films from 52 countries and welcomed more than 300 filmmakers, producers, cast, and crew. Now it's gearing up to be even bigger and better than ever. With a slew of unique offerings-including the Rhode Island Film Forum, ScriptBiz, The Future Filmmaking Symposium, and the Discover RI Walking Tour-RIIFF ensures each of its participating visitors is treated to an enriching, inspiring, and unpredictable festival experience.
RIIFF is proud to be an Academy Award qualifying festival in the category of Live-Action Short Film and an exceptional platform from which to launch exciting careers. Six films that have premiered at RIIFF have won Academy Awards, and another 23 have been nominated, while many have gained distribution with the likes of HBO, Showtime, and IFC. A wide range of competitive categories-including Horror, Children's, Gay & Lesbian, Documentary, Science Fiction, and Animated films-offers entrants and audience members a veritable buffet of great stories, surprises, and narrative formats. There's even a screenplay and teleplay competition, designed to give talented screen scribes some well-deserved industry credibility. At RIIFF, there's no shortage of ways to get noticed!