The magic of year's Festival began with an evening co-hosted by RIIFF Advisory Board President, Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq. and Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the RI Film & Television Office.
AWARDS OF NOTE:
• The RIIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARD will be presented to George Billiard (New York) for his screenplay “Dispossessed."
• The GEORGE M. COHAN AMBASSADOR AWARD will then be presented to Lynne McCormack of the Providence’s Art, Culture + Tourism. The award is presented semi-annually to an outstanding artist whose work, passion, and drive epitomizes a level of excellence in the arts. Named after famed Providence entertainer George M. Cohan, who was born on the 4th of July, this award honors truly unique Americans who have made a timeless contribution to the arts and have inspired future generations of Rhode Islanders.
• THE FLICKERS’ PRODUCER’S CIRCLE AWARD recipients include Ellen Loconto, Just Ellen’s Catering and Event Planning; Pamela Kimel, RISD Museum; Louise Moulton, Providence Public Library; and Barbara Barnes, RI Historical Society. The Award is presented to members of the community who have actively worked to support and promote the mission of the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival.
THE FILM FORUM
ROBERT BURGESS ALDRICH AWARD PRESENTATION
Presented to Writer/ Director, Chris Sparling. The Award is presented semi-annually to an outstanding Rhode Island artist whose vision and passion reflects that Robert Burgess Aldrich, of Cranston, R.I., a successful director of many feature films and utilized a variety of genres to tell his stories. His films included “The Longest Yard,” “The Dirty Dozen,” “Flight of the Phoenix,” “Hush,” and countless others. Robert Aldrich began his career in Cranston, RI, and ultimately rose in the Hollywood ranks to be the President of the Directors Guild of America, serving from 1975-1979. This Award is presented to a director who has begun his career in Rhode Island and is following in the footsteps of Robert Aldrich, preparing to make a lasting mark on the industry.
MARK RUFFALO AND ZOE SALDANA
The Making of "INFINITELY POLAR BEAR"
The backstory of making a feature film in Rhode Island from the inspiration, scripting, pitch, casting, directing and distribution with the the film's director, Maya Forbes and producer, Wallace Wolodarsky. What's it like working with two of the hottest actors on the screen today:
Trying to write your first script? Worrying about how to pitch your script more effectively to potential investors? Moving a completed script into production? Learn from the best at the Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s 16th Annual ScriptBiz program!
RIIFF proudly announced the Award Winners from its 19th Festival, on Sunday, August 9th at the annual Awards Ceremony held at The Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum in downtown Providence, RI. This year’s Festival ran from August 4-9th, and ended with another record-breaking year. Venues were located across the state of Rhode Island – from Newport to Woonsocket -- with the capital city serving as the hub for the film-centric activities.
"Thanks to Steven Feinberg, the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, Kristen Adamo at the Providence/Warwick CVB, and Lynne McCormack with the City of Providence, we knocked the ball out of the park, raising the bar for the future and next year’s 20th Anniversary edition of the Festival,” said George T. Marshall, RIIFF’s Executive Director. "We hosted over 250 international filmmakers who experienced true Rhode Island hospitality.”