In 2002, RIIFF was selected as a qualifying festival for Best Short Subject (Live action) through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In December 2003, RIIFF was cited as “One of The Top 10 Short Film Festivals in the United States.”
In 2006, RIIFF was cited as one of the Top 12 United States Film Festivals by TravelSmart Magazine.
In 2010, RIIFF became a host for the annual Oscar® Night America for the state of Rhode Island.
In 2012, RIIFF solidified new programming models such as the Rhode Island Film Forum, ScriptBiz, the Future Filmmaking Symposium, and the Discover RI: Walking Tour, all free to attending filmmakers who have been accepted into the Festival.
Eurochannel: a multi national, cable channel based in Paris, Sao Paulo and Miami agreed to become an official partner with RIIFF. The channel will provide TV spots ten times a day during the month of August 2013 and have the RIIFF logo displayed on Eurochannel’s partner page. With IPads and smart phone devices the target platforms, Eurochannel will provide both international and domestic visibility in niche cinema markets.
RIIFF is cited and recognized as the largest film Festival in New England.