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Now in its 26th year, New England's largest and most prestigious festival — Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) — will take place August 8-14, 2022 as a hybrid event with Drive-In, outdoor and online screenings. Ranked as a one of the Top 10 Film Festivals in the United States, this world-class event will be held at venues around Providence. It features screenings, filmmaking workshops, meet-and-greet industry events and seminars. Aiming to promote Rhode Island as a filmmaking location and to celebrate the independent filmmaking spirit, FLICKERS also hosts a number of high-profile premieres and provides a showcase for international features, documentaries, and shorts.

Founded in 1997, Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival has quickly carved out a name for itself. It accepts films of any type, in any genre and will screen this year 300 international productions. The films were shot and produced in countries across the globe. Rhode Island native Bobby Farrelly was so impressed with the festival's debut that he held the world premiere of his next film - There's Something About Mary - at the 1998 event 

The festival is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for "artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers, directors, producers, distributors, backers and the film-going community". It is a safe haven for all independent filmmakers - a place where they can hide from all the overblown CGI effects and high concept reinterpretations of classic films.

This year, FLICKERS will screen amazing new work selected from over 6,900 film submissions. 100% of the RIIFF schedule is created from these film submissions; and not culled from other festivals. This makes for a truly dynamic event where regional audiences discover new work and new filmmakers whose work often overlooked.

Friday, August 12th


8:00 pm - Ghosts

Ghosts is a new short film by (LA)HORDE with the Ballet national de Marseille soundtracked by Rone and scripted Spike Jonze, filmed in the Palais Longchamp in Marseille. When the Fine Arts Museum closes, figures take over the deserted place, embrace and tear each other, as if to recover their body, until their encounter with the night guard.

8:08 PM - Chico Virtual

A boy must come to terms with the harsh reality of his immigrant status when his brother alarmingly doesn't come home.

8:22 pm - Shreveport Son

A young man reunites with a childhood friend during the last hours of his life.

8:37 pm - Employee of the Month

Ibinabo, a young husband and father-to-be, lives an unremarkable but exemplary life. He strives to prove himself to his boss, but gets caught up in the horrors of the October 2020 protests against police brutality.

 8:56 pm - A Letter To Black Men

A young man learns to navigate his way through an ever-changing London borough, as he rekindles his relationship with a long-time friend of his late father.

9:16 pm - Yae: Blind Samurai Woman

In the mountains of the Edo Period Japan, when a blind woman's samurai father is killed by a young samurai avenging his own father's death, she agrees to be escorted to the nearest village, but she's not as helpless as she appears. 

*This is a free program courtesy of Providence Innovation District Park

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