The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, Newport and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards (i.e. “Oscars.” In 2011, five films were nominated for Oscars® from the Festival.) RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza. Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is New England’s largest film festival, screening a record 200 films. Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe. Contact 401-861-4445 or check out the schedule at www.RIFilmFest.org.