FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has been nominated for two New England Emmy Awards. The Board of Governors of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences notified Flickers about the nominations in the category of Community/Public Service Announcement (PSA) in the 35th Annual Boston/New England Emmy competition.

The Emmy nominations were for work submitted by Flickers for the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and its "7DayPSA Competition."

On August 7, 2012, Flickers celebrates its 30th Anniversary Year and kicks-off its 16th annual Rhode Island International Film Fesitval (RIIFF) in Providence, RI. This week-long celebration of independent cinema and film arts is New England's largest film festival and only Academy Award (i.e. "Oscars") qualifying event. Out of the 7,000-plus film festivals worldwide, only 75 of them share this distinction. The Providence Business News lists the Festival as one of the Top 30 Events in Rhode Island. In addition to film screenings, the festival will feature the return of the RI Film Forum-geared to be a region-wide educational workshop on bringing film production to the Ocean State-award ceremonies, filmmaker symposia, The RI Film Forum, the annual ScriptBiz Screenwriting Workshop, and networking events.

The 7DayPSA Competition is a FLICKERS competition that challenges filmmakers to use their creative skills and be proactive about their careers and their karma. Teams competed by writing, shooting and editing TV public service announcements for one of three local non-profits who provide needed services to the local community, but could not have afforded to pay to have a broadcast quality PSA produced. Local media sponsors agree to air the winning PSAs for one year, one spot per non-profit. In 2011, three such competitions took place: Rhode Island, Maine and Boston.

• Flickers-Festival 2011
Broadcast on WJAR-TV 10 & Cox Communications (RI) from July 15, 2011to August 14, 2011
Executive Produced by: George T. Marshall, FLICKERS and RIIFF
Producers: Demetria J. Carr and Duncan Putney
Director: Eric Latek of Phantazma Pictures

• My Life, My Choice
Broadcast on FOX 23 (Maine) from 1 July 2010 to July 2011
Produced by: New England Media Coalition & FLICKERS/7DayPSA
Producer: Chuck Green

"We are very proud to be in such excellent company with this nominations and grateful for the recognition of our promotion for the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the 7DayPSA Competition and the amazing producers who share in this nomination: Eric Latek, Duncan Putney, Demetria J. Carr and Chuck Green," said George T. Marshall, Flickers Executive Director.

"Our sincere thanks to Duncan Putney, our Advisory Board member who created the 7DayPSA Competition and made it a reality. Without his vision, none of this would have happened.

This marks the tenth time public service announcements produced by Flickers have gone on to be nominated for Emmy Awards.

The 35th Boston / New England Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 at Marriott Boston Copley Place in Boston, Mass.

The FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), has secured its place in the global community as the portal for the best in international independent cinema, earning the respect of domestic and foreign filmmakers, filmgoers and trend watchers. This confluence of art and commerce brought together world-class celebrities, award-winning filmmakers, new talent and audience members in record numbers last year. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 75 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England. The next Festival will take place August 9-14, 2011. For more information about the festival, please visit www.rifilmfest.org.