Block Island Film Festival

“Hollywood comes to Block Island”

June 11 – 15, 2019, Block Island, RI

The Block Island Film Festival

The Block Island Film Festival will boast notable actors, directors, screenwriters, filmmakers and entertainment professionals, on the beautiful resort destination known as Block Island, located 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island. A consortium of global industry professionals will gather to mingle with contemporaries, and the public, in intimate settings, such as film screenings, signature programs, tribute and award ceremonies, question and answer forums, and nightly social mixers.    

The inaugural Block Island Film Festival will run from June 11-15, 2019 and be held in the historic Water Street district near the Old Harbor waterfront. The Atlantic Ocean and the harbor will be visible from venues during the film festival, which will be a non-profit event designed to benefit the Block Island community. 

The film festival’s headquarters, and ticket office will be located on the porch at Ballard’s at the beach, one of the designated venues. Motion picture screenings, and forums will be held at Ballard’s, and at The National Hotel. Feature screenings will be held at Ballard’s, while short films will be screened at The National Hotel, which will also host “Coffee Time,” a question and answer forum with industry professionals and filmmakers each morning. 

The student filmmaker/educational portion of the film festival will be held at the Island Free Library, and is hosted by several entities, including the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Entertainment Studies, and in partnership with the Island Free Library and library Director Kristin Baumann. The educational component is designed to promote and showcase outstanding student filmmakers, who will have the ability to discuss their work, film-making processes and network with industry professionals in a learning, nurturing environment.

The aim of the Block Island Film Festival is to showcase the island’s beauty and history amidst a four-day long event that will bring together a global consortium of film-making talent. Block Island boasts the most picturesque beaches in the world, a variety of hiking trails, water activities, a shopping district, rental housing and lodging, and an assortment of restaurants.

Travel & Lodging information:

Please contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce for travel & lodging information at: (401) 466-2982/, or at The Chamber of Commerce is located at Old Harbor, near Water Street where the ferries dock. 

The Block Island Ferry (Interstate Navigation) is located at 304 Great Island Road, Narragansett (Pt. Judith), Rhode Island: (TOLL FREE) (866) 783-7996 or The traditional ferry is an hour-long trip from Pt. Judith to Block Island, while the high-speed ferry is about a 30-minute trip.

The Cross Sound Ferry (New London Ferry) is located at 2 Ferry Street, New London, Connecticut 06320: (860) 444-4624 or at (Note: Ferry company also offers ferry service from Orient Point, Long Island (860) 443-5281)

New England Airlines is located at 56 Airport Road, Westerly, Rhode Island: (800) 243-2460 or at  

Ballard’s Inn: (401) 466-2231 / The Island Free Library: (401) 466-3233 / The National Hotel: (401) 466-2901

Taxicabs are available in a designated location near Water Street and within close proximity to the dock at Old Harbor. Vehicles, bicycles and mopeds are available for rental at Old Harbor and on Weldon’s Way, one street over from Water Street.

Media Inquiries:

A PRESS RELEASE about the Block Island Film Festival, and PRESS CREDENTIALS are available upon request. Please direct all media inquiries to Jami Newell, Director of Operations & Programming, at or (209) 404-4106.

The Block Island Film Festival is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

(Thank you for your patience and understanding as we update the Block Island Film Festival website, and create the programming for the inaugural event.) 

Buy Your Ticket(s)!

Patron and special passes for the Block Island Film Festival are available here for purchase and can be claimed at the festival’s headquarters/ticket table at Ballard’s during the festival. Early bird passes are also available here. All other tickets can be purchased during the Film Festival.

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