The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers and creative artists and will be held throughout the state of Rhode Island. Ranked as one of the top Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It is also a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. There are only 10 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction. RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, cultural outreach, music, architecture, history, a Providence Backlot Walking Tour, an HP Lovecraft Literary Tour, Filmmaker Conversations with Q&A’s plus award ceremonies that is woven into a weeklong extravaganza designed for all who love the world of cinema.
Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," 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. The Festival is also New England’s largest film festival, screening a record 300 films each year through a hybrid model of in-person and online presentations. RIIFF offers countless networking opportunities that advance and enhance careers, and creates a supportive and encouraging environment for the most inquisitive creators and lovers of film. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for international film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe. RIIFF is widely recognized as a credentialed industry-friendly launch pad for the work of exceptional emerging talent. This confluence of art and commerce brings together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members each year.