Cleveland Foundation Day at CIFF

March 25, 2014, 12:30 AM   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Festival Events

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In celebration of their 100th anniversary, The Cleveland Foundation generously sponsored a free day at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Newcomers and festival regulars were delighted to enjoy a day of free films.

Lorie Novak couldn't wait to see a shorts program. She had heard about one of them while watching the recent Oscars, although she couldn't remember the name.

"It's about robot life," Novak says. "And I said, 'I gotta see it! I gotta see it.' That's why we're seeing it."

Lorie wasn’t the only one excited about films today. Further down the line, Benjamin Burney was waiting patiently. "This is the first year I joined the CIFF," he says. "I think it's phenomenal."

Others, who were already fans of the CIFF, were grateful to the Cleveland Foundation for allowing them to introduce friends to the festival. "This is the coolest, most brilliant thing ever!" said Amy Dawson.

Though lines were long, CIFF staff and volunteers helped move crowds quickly and efficiently in and out of theaters.

“It’s extremely well organized,” said Linda, a CIFF veteran. “I went to one of the first festivals when they started in Cleveland Heights over twenty years ago and it’s just gotten larger and larger and more fun every year.”

Regardless of age, height, race, or sex, all CIFF audiences are united in their love of film. Because of the free event, many first time patrons promised to be in attendance next year.

Thank you to our friends at the Cleveland Foundation, “And thanks for the candy, too!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

-Anne DiTeodoro and Molly Drake

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