The RIIFF Begins its 10th Annual Festival on August 8th, 2006, With a Showcase of Short Films and Dazzling Evening Events and Salute to Filmmaker Michael Corrente
PROVIDENCE, RI (July 18, 2006): Maintaining its traditional focus on the importance of short films and saluting its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the Oscars), the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) opens this year’s fest with an eclectic and exciting array of shorts that range from funny and sensitive to the East Coast Premiere of a new animation short by the Walt Disney Studios. The Opening Night is Tuesday, August 8th with a 7:00 p.m. curtain at the historic Columbus Theatre Arts Center, 270 Broadway in Providence with a ticket price of $15.
This year’s opening screening will be bracketed before and after by two gala parties – one VIP and one public – at the Rotunda of One Citizens Plaza in downtown Providence – which will salute Rhode Island director, writer and actor, Michael Corrente who will be receiving RIIFF’s annual Creative Vision Award. Past winners of the prestigious award have been German film director Rosa von Praunheim and Elaine Lorillard, Founder of the Newport Jazz Festival.
The VIP vibe of the Film Festival’s opening reception will continue into the rest of the evening as the RIIFF staff will be rolling out the red carpet to welcome filmmakers, public, and special guests into the Columbus Theatre for the Opening Night Screenings.
Advance ticket sales for screenings and special events are available through the RIIFF website (www.RIFilmFest.org). Student, group, and senior discounts are also available but only in advance. To purchase tickets or obtain more information about any aspect of RIIFF, call 401-861-4445; or write RIIFF, 268 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903; email email@example.com. or log onto www.RIFilmFest.org.