Call for Entries

Calling all filmmakers! The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 30 - April 10, 2016 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 March 2015, Ohio's premier film event featured over 430 films originating from over 60 countries and an attendance of over 100,000 - 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 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 40th CIFF Call for Entries officially open, films made after June 1, 2014 are now being accepted for consideration. We encourage entrants to submit their films through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. As an alternative, we are now offering entrants the option to submit at a discounted price 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 40th Cleveland International Film Festival. For further questions, please email our Special Projects Director Beth Steele Radisek at beth@clevelandfilm.org.

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