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Cleveland International Film Festival

April 3 – 14
Ohio, US

What’s It All About?

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) was first held in 1977 and has since grown, consisting of more than 170 features and 130 short films from around 60 countries, with an attendance of 85,018. The CIFF promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.

This year, the festival will have satellite screenings in five locations during the week of April 8. Those screenings include a full day of programming in Akron and what’s being called An Evening at the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin – both first-time locations for the festival.


Opening Night Gala

• The Kings Of Summer

The Gala includes the screening of the film The Kings Of Summer at 7 pm at Tower City Cinemas, followed by a party at 9 pm. Directed By Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the film is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers. As each one undergoes a test of friendship, they eventually learn to appreciate their families.

Other sections of the festival include:

Day And Knight In Akron

Screening at the Akron-Summit County – Public Library

– FilmSlam Screening

– Congratulations

– Ohio Shorts

– Underdogs

Screening at the Akron Art Museum

• Gattu

• Hollywood Shorts

• Magic Camp

• Red, White And Blueprints: A Rust Belt Documentary preceded by Dancing With The Trees

Closing Night

Everyone in attendance at any of the films showing in the last round is invited to join the Closing Night dessert reception and awards presentation around The Fountain at Tower City Center.

The Closing Night reception will include a brief programme announcing the winners of the American Independents Competition, George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition, Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition, Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Film Competition, Local Heroes Competition, the ReelWomenDirect Award, and the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award.

Closing Film

• Unfinished Song

Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, the film is a funny and inspiring story about Arthur befriending Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) and their unexpected friendship which reignites his passion for new adventures and shows us that life should be celebrated at any age.

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