Call for Entries

Calling all filmmakers! The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 29 - April 09, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Founded in 1977, the Cleveland Film Society has presented the Cleveland International Film Festival every spring for the past four decades. In April 2016, Ohio's premiere film event featured over 400 films originating from over 70 countries and an attendance of over 102,000 – making 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 50 leading film festivals in the world by IndieWIRE, as well as the USA Today runner-up for Best Film Festival in the country. Visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and student screenings are all CIFF highlights.

With our 41st CIFF Call for Entries officially open, films made after June 1, 2015 are now being accepted for consideration. We encourage entrants to submit their films through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. As an alternative, we also offer entrants the option to submit directly on the CIFF site through our Online Entry Form (enter online by clicking the submit button below on the right).

CIFF is once again accepting WEB SERIES and NEW MEDIA content free of charge! If your submission meets the criteria for either of these categories (please see descriptions provided in our Call for Entries FAQ), you MUST email us directly at prior to submitting, with a description and example(s) of your content.

Please visit our Call for Entries FAQ page to learn all you need to know about submitting your film to the 41st Cleveland International Film Festival. For further questions, please email our Special Projects Director Beth Steele Radisek at

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