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Film festivals are an instrumental aspect of our society that influence and shape the culture we practice. The Rhode Island Black Film Festiva is among those who gives a voice and platform to filmmakers, especially those filmmakers of color.  The RIBFF exist to inspire, audiences with thought provoking cinematic stories from visionary talents in independent filmmaking and to provide a platform for emerging artists to advance their craft, engage the community and to promote the industry leaders.

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ONLINE VOLUNTEER FORM

To apply for a volunteer position online, please complete the following form here. We can not guarantee that you will be assigned to your primary areas of interest. Prospective candidates will be contacted by RIBFF if opportunities are available. No phone calls please.

Film Screening Locations Added For Annual Festival 

The Rhode Island Black Film Festival is thrilled to have Johnson & Wales University College of Arts & Sciences as a partner for the 2023 Film Festival. April 20 followed by a reception. Johnson & Wales University College of Arts and Science will host RIBFF Beyond the Lens Academy’s inaugural class in March. Hosted by the Media Lab. The screenings on Thursday, April 20 will take place in the Providence Campus’ Auditorium in Xavier Hall. A reception will follow. 

This 6th annual Festival welcomes The Wheeler School’s Gilder Center for the Arts as a host site for festival screenings. Situated on the Capital City’s east side on Angell Street, just a block from Thayer Street, the Gilded Center for the Arts  comprises two connected buildings, Wheeler Memorial Hall and the Gilder Center for the Arts, each with three levels of teaching and performance spaces. Thank you to Princess Bomba. Director of Diversity at The Wheeler School and Dr. Christopher Westgate, Professor and program co-director, Johnson & Wales University. The full schedule of films and their locations will be available on February 1. 

If your child ever thought about being the next Ava Duvernay or Spike Lee, the Film production program BEYOND THE LENS ACADEMY,  is accepting applications for their inaugural program for High School Juniors and Seniors. Students of African descent are encouraged to apply.  The Beyond the Lens Academy is in partnership with Johnson & Wales University College of Arts & Science Media Center.  To request an application email ann@ribff.org or go to this link to complete. The Rhode Island Black Film Festival created the Beyond the Lens Academy program was established to meet the growing need of video production personnel for the growing number of films productions in the Rhode Island and Southern New England. Program datesMarch 30-31. 2023 Location: Johnson & Wales University -College of Arts & Media. Students interested in submitting an application should go to this LINK.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BLACK CULTURE IN FIlM

RI Black Film Festival is accepting submissions. If your film has screened at another festival or just completed production, submit it now to be part of the 6th annual Fil Festival: Black Culture in Films slate of films. 

The RIBFF is dedicated to presenting films that showcase films from around the world. Film Festivals, Filmmakers, and Actors, reviews and links to filmmaker and actor show reels.

Our Film Festival allows for filmmakers and film lovers to connect who want to make the most of the Festival Experience. Interviews with Festival Directors, Programmers and Award-Winning Filmmakers will offer insights on how festivals are managed; how films are chosen; and what a filmmaker should do once her or his film is selected. The 6th annual Film Feetival is April 20-23. 2023. To receive film schedule and program information go email info@ribff.org

Rhode Island Black Film Festival

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CIC Building: 225 Dyer Street, Providence. RI  02903

Phone Number

(401) 996-1166

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24/ 7 / 365