Call for Entries

Calling all filmmakers! The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 18 - 29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Founded in 1977, the Cleveland Film Society has presented the Cleveland International Film Festival every spring for over three decades. In March 2014, Ohio's premier film event featured over 350 films originating from over 65 countries and an attendance of over 97,000 - making the CIFF one of the largest and longest running regional film festivals in the US.

The CIFF is one of the few Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the nation and was also recently recognized as one of the 50 leading film festivals in the world by IndieWIRE. Visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and student screenings are all CIFF highlights.

With our 39th CIFF Call for Entries officially open, films made after June 1, 2013 are now being accepted for consideration. We encourage entrants to submit their films through (enter online by clicking the Withoutabox logo below on the left). As an alternative, we are now offering entrants the option to submit directly on the CIFF site through our new Online Entry Form (enter online by clicking the submit button below on the right).

Please visit our Call for Entries FAQ page to learn all you need to know about submitting your film to the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival. For further questions, please email our Entry Coordinator Beth Steele Radisek at

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