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top film festivals in the USARhode Island International Film Festival

early August – Providence, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema.

It has earned the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year.

With the ongoing support of the City of Providence along with corporate and community partners, RIIFF is now the largest film festival in New England. Ranked as one of the top-12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It is the only festival in New England with this accolade.

Screening close to 300 films and attended by more than 250 filmmakers and film professionals from around the world, this six-day day event also features filmmaker tributes, industry seminars, educational programs for students and the glamorous centerpieces of the Festival: the industry Achievement Awards. Past years’ Award recipients have included Cicely Tyson, Julie Andrews, Zach Braff, Michael Showalter, Patricia Neal, Seymour Cassel, Kim Chan, Blake Edwards, Rosa von Praunheim and Danny Trejo.

Founded in 1997, RIIFF has quickly carved out a name for itself. It accepts films of any type, in any genre and screens around 200 international productions. Rhode Island native Bobby Farrelly was so impressed with the festival's debut that he held the world premiere of his film - There's Something About Mary - at the 1998 event.

A Good Film Never Ends
At the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, we believe that a good film never ends – it begins something: a valuable exchange of thoughts and ideas. RIIFF is not only a great place to view films, but also a place where the magic and glamour of film can be experienced. Our programming vision has been to deliver a variety of interesting, challenging and entertaining but accessible films, and provide an alternative to the multiplex theater experience.

Interactive Programming

What sets RIIFF apart is its interactive programming that enhances the film viewing experience by fostering discussion, dialogue and debate. As an official Academy Award qualifying Festival, RIIFF has access to an international base of talent. Additionally, recognizing that Rhode Island is close to New York and Boston as film production centers, we have capitalized on that close proximity by drawing upon the region's professionals (i.e., directors, actors and journalists) to host regularly scheduled lectures, panel discussions and workshops. Interactive events give audiences a chance to look behind the scenes of the filmmaking process by engaging with actors, directors, writers and filmmakers.

For more information about FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival or to order tickets, write to RIIFF at 83 Park St., Providence, R.I. 02903, or via email at or visit the website at

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Battle of Horseshoe Bend
Moundville Native American Festival

Bisbee 1000 Great Stair Climb
Navajo Nation Fair
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Bay to Breakers 12K
Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

Annual Craft Expo
Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Pensacola Beach Air Show
Tallahassee Springtime Festival
Tallahassee Winter Festival and Celebration of Lights

Savannah Music Festival
Blessing of the Fleet

Honolulu Marathon

Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Indianapolis 500
Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Indiana State Fair
Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Des Moines Arts Festival

Dodge City Days
Smoky Hill River Festival

American Quilter’s Society National Quilt Show
Great American Brass Band Festival
Hillbilly Days
International Bar-B-Q Festival
Jerusalem Ridge Festival
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Festival
Mainsstrasse Village Oktoberfest
St James Court Art Show
World Chicken Festival

Lake Charles Contraband Days

Ocean City Sunfest

The Boston Marathon

Holland Tulip Time Festival
Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Mississippi Delta Blues Festival

Burning Man

New Hampshire
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair
New Hampshire Maple Weekend
New Hampshire Seafood Festival
Strawbery Banke Museum Candlelight Stroll

New Mexico
Albuquerque International Balloon Festival
Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe Spanish Market

New York
Oswego Harborfest

North Carolina
` • Biltmore Festival of Flowers
North Carolina Azalea Festival
North Carolina Seafood Festival

Columbus Arts Festival
The Vectron Dayton Air Show

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival

Fall Kite Festival
Whale Watching Events

Rhode Island
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Winter Fetival
Rhode Island International Film Festival

South Carolina
Beaufort Water Festival
Carolina Cup

South Dakota
Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
Tabor Czech Days

Dogwood Arts Fetival
Mule Day
Secret City Festival

Terlingua International Chili Championship

The Moab Music Festival

Washington DC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival
National Lentil Festival

American Birkebeiner
EAA AirVenture
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Milwaukee Summerfest

Cody Stampede Rodeo
Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo