RI Film Festival Returns

Going into its 16th year, the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has become a leading juried competition for both regional and international independent filmmakers to showcase …


Going into its 16th year, the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has become a leading juried competition for both regional and international independent filmmakers to showcase their work. What sets RIIFF apart from the rest is that this is one of few broadly focused, independent festivals happening in New England that accepts works of any type in any genre. Whether it’s dramatic, documentary, experimental or animated, which ever genre of film you love, you can find it at RIIFF. After thousands of submissions, only the best films have been chosen for your viewing. This year the festival will be taking place August 7-12 at a variety of locations around Providence and the state.

Check out a few highlights of the many RIIFF screenings happening around the Ocean state.

3 DAYS OF NORMAL Comedy/Youth/Teen

It’s fall in rural New Hampshire and Deputy Bill Morgan runs the flags up the pole in front of his quaint, small town police station. It’s a typical day for Bill and the last thing he expects to discover is Nikki Gold, Hollywood’s current It-Girl, passed out drunk in her car. When the paparazzi hear that Nikki is in the town of Washington, Bill and Nikki find themselves hiding out, as the town sees a level of excitement it isn’t exactly used to.
9:00 PM Fri, Aug 10 at The Vets, Providence.

78 DAYS Documentary/Environmental

Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. Alone, working long days under the beating sun, working through rain storms, snow covered tents, bears, and endless amounts of flies, swamps and mud, that's just tree planting in Northern Alberta. This independent documentary divides the long season into a series of chapters, following a camp of veteran planters struggling to deal with the harsh working conditions of this never ending contract.
1:00 PM Thu, Aug 09 at Providence Public Library.

A GIRL LIKE HER Biography/Documentary/Family/Featured/Women

This film reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth and surrender their children for adoption. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, can a woman forget her child? Imagine being told, “If you love your baby you must give it up.” This was the case for millions of American women who became pregnant in the post-war years. Hear what they have to say now about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.
2:00 PM Sat, Aug 11 at Metcalf Auditorium in Providence.

A GIRL LIKE HER film trailer_Fessler from Ann Fessler on Vimeo.

WORDS OF WITNESS Documentary/Featured/Human Rights/Middle East/Social Issues

A few months before former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, a young journalist named Heba Afify began working for the English-language edition of an independent Egyptian daily newspaper. Words of Witness follows the protests on Tahrir Square and Heba’s impassioned efforts to reflect the diversity of people’s opinions and their newfound voices. It also shows us how Heba actively participates in the protests and sometimes finds herself in potentially dangerous situations. Multi-award-winning Egyptian-American documentary filmmaker Mai Iskander’s work provides a dense picture of the social and political upheaval in Egypt and the struggle for a new order. It also gives us a graphic description of the power of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, in fuelling such protests.
1:00 PM Sun, Aug 12 at Paff Theatre in Providence.


Although only seven minutes, this dramatic short film addresses issues faced in real life and asks an important question: Would you walk away from your life and love to reignite your dream?
3:15 PM Thu, Aug 09 at Paff Theatre in Providence.

A Sunny Morning - Trailer from Jacob Proctor on Vimeo.


James Bronson is a Hollywood mega-star at the top of his game. At the height of his stardom, an unfortunate mishap occurs and Bronson loses his trusted platform and all that made the 5’3” actor appear larger than life quickly disappears. Will the vertically challenged star rise to the occasion?
8:00 PM Wed, Aug 08 at Westerly Public Library & Wilcox Park in Westerly.
2:00 PM Sat, Aug 11 at Barrington Public Library in Barrington.