Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017
You are currently viewing the CIFF40 lineup. Programming for CIFF41 will be announced in early March 2017.


Students from Northeast Ohio middle, junior high, and high schools have the extraordinary opportunity to see new films by some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers.

Now going into its 24th year, FilmSlam is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s media literacy program and mini-festival of films for students. FilmSlam aims to educate students about evaluating and critiquing the messages they perceive while viewing films. Film can be less intimidating than many other art forms because of its prominent role in American culture. Therefore, it is a logical conduit through which social messages (such as the importance of the prevention of domestic violence and the eradication of discrimination) can be sent to young audiences.

FilmSlam serves as an effective program to provide students with deep learning opportunities that go beyond the acquisition of basic skills. These include: the ability to foster thought-provoking discussion, analysis, and awareness of media communication forms and genres; critical thinking; curiosity; and social emotional growth.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Beth Steele Radisek, FilmSlam Director, at 216.623.3456 x13 or

Support Provided By:

The Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation

Cuyahoga Community College

Fowler Family Foundation

The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Kiwanis Foundation


Third Federal Foundation

Thomas H. White Foundation

Landfill Harmonic

Directed By Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley
Running Time: 84 Minutes

The people of Catuera, Paraguay are surrounded by trash. The small town of 2,500 includes a dump that recieves 1,500 tons of solid waste a day; the biggest in South America. The residents rely on it for income, collecting and... {more}

Right Footed

Directed By Nick Spark
Running Time: 82 Minutes

How many times have you complained about life, only to be told, "it could be worse?" It sounds clichéd, but it's completely true. Born without arms, Jessica Cox's future didn't seem bright. Her mother worried about her constantly and was... {more}

Romeo Is Bleeding

Directed By Jason Zeldes
Running Time: 93 Minutes

Donté Clark, like many teenagers, had little interest in reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. But now, at age 22, he sees far too many similarities between the tragic tale and his life in Richmond, California—a city overwhelmed by... {more}


Directed By Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Running Time: 90 Minutes

An Afghan refugee, 18-year-old Sonita now lives in Iran, where she’s enrolled in a program that offers her counseling and education. Heavily influenced by Western music—she tells her teacher she wishes her parents were Michael Jackson and Rhianna—she’s developed a... {more}

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