Now in its 21st year, New England's largest and most prestigious festival — Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival™ (RIIFF) — will take place August 8-13, 2017. Ranked as one of the top 10 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Live Action, Documentary and Animation Short Film Academy Awards through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. It was also recently named a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Canadian Screen Awards (Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television)-qualifying Festival. There are only 6 film festivals worldwide that share this distinction. RIIFF 2017's program will feature a diverse selection of high-profile world premières and provide a showcase for international features, documentaries, and shorts from over 50 countries.