The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, Newport, Jamestown, Westerly 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 2012, three films were nominated for Oscars® from the Festival that premiered at the Opening Night Celebration) RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, a location walking tour, filmmaker Q&A’s 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. The Festival offers countless networking opportunities that advance and enhance careers, and creates a supportive and encouraging environment for the most inquisitive creators and lovers of film. 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. RIIFF is widely recognized as a credentialed industry-friendly launch pad for the work of exceptional emerging talent.