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April 10, 2016

40th Cleveland International Film Festival Celebrates Record-Breaking Year

Contact:
Debby Samples
Marketing Director
216.623.3456 x14 / debby@clevelandfilm.org

The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), presented by Dollar Bank, hosted record-breaking crowds during the 12-day event held in Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland and at eight other neighborhood locations. The CIFF welcomed 102,255 attendees to its 500+ screenings and, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, raised $144,660 in Challenge Match (annual campaign) donations.

The Festival showcased 195 feature films and 213 short subjects from 72 countries. FilmSlam (the CIFF’s high school and middle school mini-Festival) was attended by 8,500 engaged and enthusiastic students from 105 schools. More than 1,000 volunteers donated their time and talents to help pave the way for the success of the CIFF40, contributing over 11,000 hours of their invaluable time. And without the generous support of our 187 sponsors and funders, 164 non-profit community partners, and 71 media and neighborhood outreach partners, the CIFF40 would not have been possible.

For the fourth time in organizational history, the CIFF presented its Legacy Award. The recipient was Dollar Bank. The Festival was thrilled to recognize Dollar Bank’s unparalleled support spanning nearly 20 years, with 15 years as its Opening Night Sponsor before becoming its Presenting Sponsor in 2013.

The CIFF hosted 300+ filmmakers from around the world who shared their films and offered both local and global perspectives on a vast array of topics. The winners of the competitions and awards were announced at the Closing Night ceremony on Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film
Sponsored by the Callahan Foundation
ROMEO IS BLEEDING, directed by Jason Zeldes (USA)
$15,000 cash prize

George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Presented with generous support from The George Gund Foundation
A GOOD WIFE, directed by Mirjana Karanovic (Serbia)
$10,000 cash prize

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition
Sponsored by Nesnadny + Schwartz
MOM AND ME, directed by Ken Wardrop (Ireland, USA)
$7,500 cash prize

New Direction Competition
Presented with generous support from Cover My Meds
THE FITS, directed by Anna Rose Holmer (USA)
$7,500 cash prize

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Presented with generous support from The George Gund Foundation
JIM BROWN’S AMER-I-CAN DREAM, directed by Aurora Ferlin (USA)
$7,500 cash prize

Global Health Competition
Sponsored by Cleveland Clinic
THE C WORD, directed by Meghan O’Hara (USA)
$7,500 cash prize

American Independents Competition
Presented with the generous support of Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller
COMING THROUGH THE RYE, directed by James Sadwith (USA)
$7,500 cash prize

Local Heroes Competition
Presented with the generous support of Mike and Nicki Cancelliere
MADTOWN, directed by Charles Moore (USA)
$7,500 cash prize

Music Movies Competition
Presented with the generous support of Jules and Fran Belkin
WHAT WOULD BEETHOVEN DO?, directed by Jonathan Keijser (USA, Canada)
$7,500 cash prize

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Presented with the generous support of Deborah Bachman Ratner
Dawn Porter (for TRAPPED; USA)
$10,000 cash prize

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Feature Film
ROMEO IS BLEEDING, directed by Jason Zeldes (USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

Audience Choice Award for Best Short Subject
THE GNOMIST, directed by Sharon Liese (USA)
$1,000 Cash Prize

Best Animated Short Award*
Sponsored by Reminger Co., L.P.A
ARIA FOR A COW, directed by Dan Lund (USA)
$1,000 cash prize

Best Documentary Short Award*
Sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin
LIFE AFTER PI, directed by Scott Leberecht (USA)
$1,000 cash prize

Best Live Action Short Award*
Sponsored by Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris
PARDON THE INTRUSION, directed by Louise Galizia (United Kingdom)
$1,000 cash prize

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short Film
AN ENCOUNTER, directed by Miguel Berzal De Miguel (Spain)
$1,000 Cash Prize

*These award winners will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards®.

For a full list of short subject film award winners, please visit clevelandfilm.org.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

March 18, 2016

40th Cleveland International Film Festival Tickets Are Now On Sale

Contact: Debby Samples

Marketing Director

216.623.3456 x14 / debby@clevelandfilm.org

40th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE

WELCOME HOME. Tickets to the 40thCleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) presented by Dollar Bank are now on sale. Ticket prices for films are $14 per film for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. Tickets are available online at clevelandfilm.org, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form. Program Guides are available throughout the region, including all Dollar Bank locations.

CIFF40 will take place March 30 – April 10, 2016 at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. The Festival will showcase 193 feature films and 213 short films representing 72 countries. Be sure to check clevelandfilm.org for program updates between now and April 10th.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

March 04, 2016

40th Cleveland International Film Festival Announces Program Line-Up

Contact: Maria Gigante For immediate release: 3.4.16

Marketing Manager

216.623.3456 x21 / media@clevelandfilm.org


40th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)

ANNOUNCES PROGRAM LINE-UP


The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF40), presented by Dollar Bank, announces its program line-up at www.clevelandfilm.org. The CIFF40 will take place March 30-April 10, 2016 at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. The Festival will showcase 193 feature films and 213 short films representing 72 countries during its 12-day run. Be sure to continue to check www.clevelandfilm.org for program updates between now and April 10th. You can also download our free Android and iPhone apps for all the latest CIFF40 information.

Tickets go on sale to members only on Friday, March 11th at 11 AM and to the general public on Friday, March 18th at 11AM. Not a member? Become one by clicking here or by calling 216.623.3456. 



Ticket prices for films are $14 per screening for CIFF members and $16 per screening for non-members. Once on sale, tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office located in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form. 



Program Guides will be mailed to CIFF members the week of March 7th and distributed throughout the Northeastern Ohio, including all Greater Cleveland Dollar Bank branch locations, county & independent libraries, and Cleveland Cinemas locations by March 14th.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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February 26, 2016

CIFF40 Announces Opening Night, Closing Night and 40th Anniversary Signature Event

THE 40TH CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) TO OPEN WITH: GOOD OL’ BOY

TO CLOSE WITH: HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

TO CELEBRATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE SIGNATURE EVENT: THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BELIEVELAND

Coming-of-age films will bookend the 40th Cleveland International Film Festival, presented by Dollar Bank. CIFF40 will be held March 30 – April 10, 2016 at Tower City Cinemas and other select locations.


Opening Night

On Wednesday, March 30th the Festival will open with GOOD OL’ BOY. Directed by Frank Lotito, the film introduces us to ten-year-old Smith, whose family immigrated to the United States from India. While his parents pursue the late 70s version of the American dream, Smith has other plans. This charming ode to a time when socks were knee-high and Tab was sipped through a straw also features a Lone Ranger named Butch, played by Jason Lee.

Tickets to the Opening Night Gala are $200 per person ($175 for CIFF members). The evening includes the 7:00 p.m. screening of the film at Tower City Cinemas, followed by a reception at Post Office Plaza in Tower City Center. Scheduled special guests include: director/producer Frank Lotito; producer/screenwriter/actor Anjul Nigam; and young actor Roni Akurati.

Closing Night

On Sunday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m. the Festival will close with HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE. In a story that is equal parts road comedy and coming-of-age drama, director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, this touching film reminds us that growing up (at any age) is a journey that would not be possible without those who help us along the way.

Closing Night is sponsored by University Hospitals. All those in attendance at any of the films showing at Tower City Cinemas on Closing Night are invited to a dessert reception and awards presentation program on the Tower City Center Grand Staircase after the screenings. Tickets to any Closing Night film are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members.

40th Anniversary Signature Event

On Thursday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. the CIFF will celebrate its 40th anniversary with the world premiere of BELIEVELAND at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace. Directed by Ohio native and University of Toledo graduate Andy Billman, this documentary is part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. The film attempts to explain the devotion of Cleveland sports fans throughout the decades of The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, and The Decision.

BELIEVELAND features Jim Brown, Mike Brown, Earnest Byner, Jim Donovan, Craig Ehlo, Dan Gilbert, Aaron Goldhammer, Bob Golic, Tony Grossi, Arsenio Hall, Tom Hamilton, Mike Hargrove, Paul Hoynes, Kenny Lofton, Kevin Mack, David Modell, Charlie Nagy, Fred Nance, Scott Raab, Tony Rizzo, Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Thome, Wright Thompson, Mo Williams, Brian Windhorst, Felix Wright, and many more well-known figures from the history of Cleveland sports.

Tickets to the anniversary screening of BELIEVELAND are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members.

CIFF40

For more information on the 190+ feature films and 210+ short films that will be shown between Opening Night and Closing Night, log onto www.clevelandfilm.org beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 4th. Program Guides will be available throughout the area (including at all Dollar Bank branches) the week of March 7th. Tickets go on sale to CIFF members at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11th and to the general public at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18th. Tickets will be available on line (www.clevelandfilm.org), by phone (1.877.304.FILM), or in person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

February 17, 2016

CIFF40 Akron Preview Reception

For immediate release: 2.17.16

Contact: Maria Gigante

Marketing Manager

216.623.3456 x21 / media@clevelandfilm.org

40th CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) AKRON PREVIEW RECEPTION

WELCOME HOME - March 30th - April 10th. The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival and 89.7 WKSU will hold their annual Akron Preview Reception on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Civic Theatre in downtown Akron. This free event will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and dessert, a brief program, the screening of select short subject films, the presentation of the 40thCIFF trailer reel, as well as free Program Guides.

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/CIFF40Akron. The Akron Civic Theatre is located at 182 S. Main St. with plenty of city parking nearby, which is free after 6 p.m.

All 40thCIFF tickets go on sale to members only on Friday, March 11th and to the general public on Friday, March 18th. Not a member? Become one by visiting clevelandfilm.org or by calling 216.623.3456 x10.

Ticket prices for films are $14 per film for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. Tickets will be available online at clevelandfilm.org, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

Program Guides will be available throughout the region, including all Dollar Bank locations, the week of March 7th.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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