(PROVIDENCE, R.I. July 18, 2018) – As part of its year-long “Celebration of Women in Film and Arts” that kicks off with this year’s Festival in August 7-12th (#WomenInTheArts), the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to announce the introduction of the Winifred E. Brownell Scholarship Fund that is geared specifically to students at the University of Rhode Island and to dedicate this year’s Festival in her name.
Applications are now being accepted and have a Tuesday, July 31st deadline. This year’s Scholarship will be revealed August 7th at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) during the Festival’s Opening Night Gala. The winner will be announced during the Festival’s Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, August 12th.
The Scholarship Application can be found on the Festival website: www.rifilmfest,org or directly at http://www.film-festival.org/WinnieBrownell.php
Named after the recently retired Dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Winifred E. Brownell, the scholarship pays recognition to her career championing the arts and humanities at the University. The annual award is for $2,000 and will be presented without restrictions, allowing the winner to use the money as they see fit.
In working closely with Dr. Brownell to develop the scholarship, it was determined that it will be awarded to students newly enrolled or attending the University of Rhode Island.
Applicants will be expected to meet requirements that demonstrate artistic talent and an ambition to strive for excellence. Additionally, applicants can matriculate in any arts discipline at the University.
According to George T. Marshall, Executive Director and Founder of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the non-profit that produces the Rhode Island International Film Festival, “Our central desire behind creating and awarding this scholarship is to celebrate and perpetuate the 46 year legacy at the University of Dean Brownell – affectionately known as ‘Winnie’ by all who know her. Over the course of her career she touched so many young lives and inspired a passion for learning and a pursuit of personal excellence.
“Dr. Brownell, is a groundbreaking educator and Dean Emerita of the Arts and Sciences at the University. Her visionary work propelled the University to become a leading hub for film media studies and nurtured the Rhode Island Film Festival during its infancy, spurring it to become the internationally acclaimed event that it is today.
“Flickers has made a yearly financial commitment of $2,000 to underwrite the scholarship and will be encouraging community and alumni contributions to expand the number of awards given in the future.
“Our intent is to continue the great gift that Winnie shared in her career and inspire the next generation through her name.”
  • Deadline for the application and all support materials is: July 31st, 2018
  • The $2,000.00 Winifred E. Brownell Scholarship will be awarded through the Harrington School of Communication to a student who is a senior in high school (any high school or “homeschooled”) who has been enrolled at the University of Rhode Island, or any student at the University of Rhode Island in rising sophomore, junior, or senior standing.
  • He/she excels in an area or areas of the Arts including but not limited to: fine arts, visual arts, (illustration, graphic design, multimedia, film), performing arts, the literary arts (creative writing, poetry), music (performance, composing), theatre. Other “sub-genres” may also be considered.
  • The Arts applicant must have been accepted to a post-secondary arts program in one of the Arts areas outlined above.
FLICKERS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that supports and promotes the film arts in Rhode Island and throughout New England. Over the past two decades, its production, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, has screened 4,810 independent films and videos out of 55,335 entries, presented 1,145 World/North American premieres, featured over 900 entries that were locally produced, and hosted 4,247 filmmakers and crew. Since its inception, over 400,000 film lovers have enjoyed the Rhode Island International Film Festival and its programming, not including those in New England watching its weekly broadcast and cable programming series, “doubleFEATURE.”
The 22ND ANNUAL FLICKERS’ RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (RIIFF), a major destination on the Festival circuit and recognized by the Academy as a Qualifying Festival in all short film categories, welcomes stellar filmmaking talents from all over the world to beautiful Providence, Rhode Island—one of America’s oldest and most beloved cities. RIIFF embraces both filmmakers and screenwriters with the sort of warm-hearted spirit that fosters long-lasting friendships, sparks exciting creative projects, and inspires artists to return again and again. The World Premiere of Chris Overton’s “THE SILENT CHILD” took place at RIIFF last year, received the Festival’s Grand Prize and Academy nomination, and went on to receive the coveted Oscar® (https://vimeo.com/262490275). It’s little wonder that Chris Gore’s Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide praises RIIFF as «the kind of intimate festival experience that will change your life.»
RIIFF is one of 10 Festivals in the world that is an Academy Award qualifier in the Live Action, Animation and Documentary Short categories and a qualifier with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). With vanguard programming that seeks to showcase new voices in independent filmmaking from across the globe, RIIFF serves as an exceptional platform from which to launch exciting careers for artists who deserve to be discovered. Ten films that have premiered at RIIFF have won Academy Awards with a total of 63 nominated, and many have gained distribution with the likes of HBO, Showtime, PBS, Netflix and IFC. A wide range of competitive categories—including Comedy, Drama, Horror, Children’s, LGBTQ, Documentary, Webisodes, Music Videos, Science Fiction, and Animated films—RIIFF offers entrants and audience members a veritable buffet of great stories, surprises, and narrative formats. There’s even a screenplay and teleplay competition, designed to give talented screenwriters some well-deserved industry credibility.

More information on the Festival can be found at www.RIFilmFest.org. You can also write to RIIFF, 83 Park Street, Suite 5, Providence, RI 02903; call 401- 861-4445; email: info@film-festival.org.