The 19th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday. Judges sifted through more than 5,700 entries to winnow down this year’s festival to 250 films. The films will be screened at a dozen venues across the state.
Executive Director George Marshall said after nearly two decades the festival is gaining international recognition.
“Things are starting to coalesce with folks internationally discovering who we are as an organization and as point of exhibition for quality films that reflect filmmakers’ visions from across the world,” said Marshall.
This year the festival will feature several films by polish filmmakers. RIIFF, also called Flickers, is known for being friendly to local filmmakers.
In keeping with that tradition, screenings also include some 50 movies by local filmmakers. Executive Director George Marshall points to a documentary about the stress of war by a Providence filmmaker, which will be a world premiere.
“It’s called 'My Father’s Vietnam,' and it deals with a fellow looking back at his father’s history with Vietnam, and how it affected not only his father, but his family as well,” said Marshall.
The festival is one of just 19 qualifying festivals for short films hoping to make it to the Academy Awards.
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