Cleveland International Film Festival


40th edition

Mar 30 - Apr 10, 2022
Cleveland, United States

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Short

Mission / description For the past 40 years, the CIFF has been the premier film event in Ohio. Today the CIFF presents a full survey of contemporary international and American Independent filmmaking, with more than 150 features and 130 short subjects from approximately 60 countries.

In addition to the main World Tour program, there are sidebars that add interest and diversity to the overall Festival and help attendees navigate the offerings. These include 10% Cinema films (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender), American Independents, Cinema en Español, Family Films, Film Is Art, Global Health, It’s Easy Being Green (films dealing with environmental issues), Jewish and Israeli Visions, Local Heroes (highlights films made about Cleveland, in Cleveland, or by Ohioans), Pacific Pearls, Pan-African Images and Women of The World (films about or directed by women).

Dozens of filmmakers and other special guests attend the CIFF where they introduce their screenings, discuss their work, and participate in FilmForums (which are panel discussions that give audience members a chance to talk about the films they've seen at the Festival).

The award winners from the Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film will qualify for consideration in the short film category at the annual Academy Awards ®.
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