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2019 RIIFF Opening Night Screening & Gala Soirée


Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM (EDT)

2019 RIIFF Opening Night Screening & Gala Soirée

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2019 RIIFF Opening Night Screening (only)   more info Aug 6, 2019 $15.00 $1.37
2019 Opening Night Screening & Gala Soirée   more info Aug 6, 2019 $50.00 $2.24

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A brilliant and memorable selection of Premiere short films from around the world await audiences at the gala opening night of the 37th Anniversary of the Flickers Arts Collaborative.

We have spent a full year getting ready for this amazing event and we are ready to party!

This year’s line up promises to engage and entertain while saluting RIIFF’s unique status: out of more than 7,000 film festivals world wide, the Rhode Island International Film Festival is one of only 6 qualifying Festivals with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences—the Oscars in the live action, animation and documentary short categories. It is the lone Festival in New England with this distinction. To learn more, click here.

RIIFF’s Opening Night screening spotlight’s some of the extraordinary short film submissions that will serve to provide a taste of the breadth of subject matter, inspiration, and talent that is prevalent in the festival. Help us discover what will be the next Academy Award winners.

Tonight's Film Selections:


My Moon


Directed by: Eusong Lee | 9 min. United States, 2018


A relationship between three celestial bodies; a romance between Earth, Moon, and Sun. Presenting “My Moon”, a new short film directed by Eusong Lee, brought to you by King of Pine in collaboration with Chromosphere.




A Sister


Directed by: Delphine Girard | 16 min. Belgium, 2019


A night. A car. A women in trouble. A call.




The Christmas Gift


Directed by: Bogdan Muresanu | 23 min. Romania, 2018


On the 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.





Directed by: Nicolas Greinacher | 14 min. Switzerland, 2019


Set in Switzerland, our story follows Ayaneh, a young refugee from Afghanistan. One day at a public swimming pool she meets Anna and instantly feels attracted to her. As the relationship between the two women develops, Ayaneh is confronted with growing resistance from her religious family.




Turkey's Done


Directed by: Monique Impagliazzo, Jennifer Tini | 18 min. United States, 2018


Turkey’s Done is a short comedic film revolving around Peaches Bracco (Cheri Oteri), a South Philly housewife, who is impatiently waiting for her cheating husband to come home for a Thanksgiving he’ll never forget. With support from her neighbors (some of them begrudgingly) Peaches finally has the chance to walk away from the man who has strayed one too many times after remaining by his side for years during his incarceration.





Directed by: Will Kindrick | 11 min. United States, 2019


A government enforced dating app malfunctions sending an unexpected user through a series of splash portals determined to seal his fate.






Directed by: Pierre Le Gall, Sarah Malléon | 20 min. France, 2018


Martinique Island. Joseph, 8, refuses to accept the departure of his older brother to the mainland France. Influenced by the traditional stories of his grandfather, he is convinced that Lentikri, an ancient martinican monster, prowls around the house to attack his family. Joseph decides to confront it.



Our Gala Celebration Party follows immediately after the screenings.


THE WHO, WHAT WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for Premiere Screening; Gala Soirée begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, PROVIDENCE.


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1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM (EDT)

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The Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. RIIFF is widely recognized as a credentialed, industry-friendly launch pad for the work of exceptional emerging talent. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Animated and Documentary Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is also a qualifying event for the Canadian Screen Awards. There are only 10 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.

RIIFF is truly a place where the stars align!

The Main Festival takes place every August and sidebar events occur throughout the year. For more information about the festival, please visit

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