With a break in film festival action in Boston and Cape Cod this month, there’s no excuse to miss the 17th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), which runs Tuesday through Aug. 11 at various locations across the state. Known as Flickers, the six-day festival screens more than 200 feature-length dramas, documentaries, and short films. Since 2002, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized RIIFF as a qualifying festival (one of only 75 worldwide) for shorts. Last year, three shorts that premiered here (“Asad,” “Buzkashi Boys,” and “Henry”) went on to receive Oscar nominations.
The festival’s opening-night program (7 p.m. at The Vets in Providence) features nine shorts and awards presentations that will include New Hampshire resident Alfred Thomas Catalfo’s feature film script, “Betrayed,” which took top honors in the screenplay competition. (Catalfo’s short, “Rocketship,” screens Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m.) Rhode Island native Rachel Smith will get the Spotlight on Rhode Island Screenplay Award for her script “Fix You Up.”