For a few short days, countless independent filmmakers and legendary actors descend upon the Ocean State for the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) — August 7-12. Presented by the non-profit Flickers, this annual celebration of independent cinema arts showcases over 200 selected documentaries, narratives and short films. Venues all across the state participate in screenings. RIIFF also features a walking tour of film locations in Providence, networking events, the annual ScriptBiz Screenwriting Workshop and the return of the RI Film Forum. Since this year’s event also corresponds with Flickers’ 30th anniversary, special events are scheduled here, there and everywhere. So whether you love supporting independent artists, or want to catch some rising stars before they’re famous, make it a point to make it out.