Cleveland, Ohio - USA
March 29 to April 9, 2017
In the Spotlight today is the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), celebrating four decades of exceptional and groundbreaking cinema. CIFF is an Academy-qualifying festival that is recognized by IndieWIRE as one of the 50 leading film festivals in the world. Drawing deeply from the warm hospitality, intimate conversation, and immersive enthusiasm that can be found in the American Midwest, CIFF is a twelve-day exploration of talented artists, enchanting big-screen stories, and flavorful cultural engagement.
CIFF's 40th event was a record breaking year welcoming 102,255 attendees to its 500+ screenings and, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, raised $144,660 in Challenge Match donations. Eager to enrich the life of its local community and proudly standing as a filmmaker-focused festival that thrives on audience engagement, CIFF connects great films with more than 200 media and non-profit community partners annually.
Each year the Festival awards close to $100,000 USD in cash awards to winning filmmakers. Awards include Roxanne T. Mueller Award for Best Feature Film ($15,000), ReelWomenDirect Award ($10,000), Central and Eastern European Film Competition ($10,000). New Direction Competition for emerging filmmakers ($7,500), Local Heroes Competition recognizing Narrative and Documentary Features made in Ohio, by Ohio filmmakers or Ohio natives ($7,500), FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature determined by an audience vote of about 9,000 high school and middle school students ($2,000), Best Live Action Short Film Award ($1,000), Best LGBT Short Film Award ($1,000), Best Women's Short Film Award ($1,000), and many more!
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
CIFF promotes artistically and culturally significant film art with education and exhibition programs that enrich the life of the Cleveland community.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Over the past several years, the CIFF has maintained its relevancy through its wide survey of programming choices and growing audiences from the region including a special focus on Akron. Visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and student screenings are all CIFF highlights.
Narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary Features and Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Music Videos are invited for submissions - qualify your best work today!