To discover and honor the new voices of independent film. Screenplays will be judged on creativity, innovation, vision, originality and the use of language. The key element is that of communication and how it complements and is transformed by the language of film.
Notification: Columbus Day Weekend, October 2012
Screenplays must have been written after 2010. Screenplays must be standard feature film length (90-130 pages) and standard U.S. format only.
Screenplays entered into the competition will be adjudicated by a distinguished panel of industry professionals, educators, peers and film fans. The Grand Prize winner will become a central focus during ScriptBiz™ the screenplay pitch forum held during the Festival. The Grand Prize winner will also receive prizes valued at over $10,000. This includes travel, accommodations, Final Draft software and screenplay promotions. Since the contest winners are announced following the main Festival, the Grand Prize winner’s work will be a focal point for RIIFF 2013 with the official trophy presented at the Festival's Opening Night Celebration.
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Alfred Thomas Catalfo from Dover, NH, was the Grand Prize Winner from among 367 submissions to this year's 2012 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.
Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold from Brunswick, Maine has been named the Grand Prize Winner for this year's 2011 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition.
William Torgerson from Stratford, Connecticut has been named the Grand Prize Winner for this year's 2010 FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition. His winning screenplay "Love on the Big Screen" chronicles a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies.
Haunted House Sitter by Randi Barnes and Stacey Hegarty of Los Angeles has been named the winner of the 2009 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition. The script follows the misadventures of twelve-year old Kirby Barrett who thinks he's found the ideal summer job taking care of his neighbors' house, but he gets more than he bargained for when it turns out to be haunted by a rather angry spirit.
Grand Prize winner for this year's 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) Screenplay Competition. Over 300 submissions were received from across the globe and throughout the United States.
An interview with screenwriter Ellen Gavin regarding the RIIFF/Rhode Island Writing Competition.