If situations allow, the 45th Cleveland International Film Festival will be held April 7 - April 18, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio at our brand new home Playhouse Square - the largest performing arts center in the U.S., outside of New York.
We are currently in the process of determining our plans for CIFF45 Call for Entries, and anticipate opening sometime in Summer 2020. We will update this page as we have more info, and we appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time.
The Cleveland International Film Festival is one of the largest and most respected regional film festivals in the US. In Spring 2019 at CIFF43, 450 films (representing more than 70 countries) were screened for over 105,000 filmgoers. After the cancellation of CIFF44 in March 2020, CIFF was one of the first festivals to transition to an online platform in order to present the majority of films selected to our audience based in Ohio.
CIFF is one of the few Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the world for all three categories of short films – live action, animated, and documentary. CIFF is also one of the only festivals that continues to provide written feedback from our screening team. At CIFF43, we gave cash awards totaling over $125,000 to the winning filmmakers of 30 different competitions.
"2020 is a year to remember and as so many film festivals struggled to rally, the CIFF family rallied and persevered. From the very beginning, Bill and his amazing team were super communicative, helpful, and supportive. You could tell that everyone we connected with saw our film, championed our film, and were passionate about the film festival. We are so honored to have this opportunity to be on CIFF Speaks, CIFF 44 Streams, and proudly display our laurel with pride." - Gilda Sheppard, Since I Been Down
***CIFF Submissions Refund Policy***
If your film was an official selection for CIFF44 and you are wondering about getting your submission fee refunded, due to the unfortunate cancellation of the live event, please email email@example.com (and please include the name of your film).
If you submitted your film to be considered for CIFF44 but it was not selected, we will not be refunding submission fees. This is due to the fact that our selection process was completed in full – each film was watched by at least three members of our screening team, we completed our CIFF44 lineup based off the work of our screening team, and notifications were sent out on February 21, 2020.
Whether or not your film was selected for CIFF44, we are happy to provide written feedback about your film from our screening team. To request your feedback, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (and please include the name of your film).