Film (and other ARTS) Feasts

FILM FEASTS is a series of parties, soirées, and gatherings to celebrate all that is film and art in Cleveland. All proceeds directly benefit the Cleveland International Film Festival.

This year's Film Feasts are generously sponsored by:

Join us for these upcoming feasts!
All Feasts include hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks.

Cocktails $50.00 per guest

Thursday, October 08, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Paulius Nasvytis and Claudia Young

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We’re kicking-off the Film Feast series in style at one of Cleveland’s most famed venues: Velvet Tango Room! We will spend the evening sampling a selection of their famous cocktails as we enjoy a classic French picnic. Owner Paulius Nasvytis will be on-hand to tell stories about some of their most interesting patrons, to let us in on the history of the space, and to share how they built their reputation for legendary drinks.

Make your reservation today and join us for a night of cocktails, food, and merriment.

Special thanks to:
Velvet Tango Room

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A River Runs Through It $50.00 per guest

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Carl Rak*

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We’re being tourists in our own city with this behind-the-scenes look at the highly anticipated Phase Two of the Flats East Bank project!

Our special guest will be Fairmont Properties Founding Principal Randy Ruttenberg, who will give us a private tour through some of the most talked about new venues popping up along the east bank of the Cuyahoga River. We’ll also be joined by Steve Schimoler, owner of Crop Restaurant Group, who will host us at one of his newest restaurants, Crop Rocks. We’ll sample some of his famous hors d’oeuvres and sip on beverages as he discusses the concept behind his newest endeavors: Crop Rocks, Crop Sticks, and On-Air: The Studio.

So join us as we stroll through Cleveland’s most exciting rejuvenation and take in the sites and energy of the Flats East Bank.

Special thanks to:

Fairmount Properties
Crop Restaurant Group

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Scandal $500.00 per guest

Friday, October 23, 2015 - Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Hosted by Jules Belkin*


We’ll be exploring Washington, D.C. during this very special three-day destination Film Feast!

We will make our way through several behind-the-scene tours including The Kennedy Center, NPR World Headquarters, and the United States Capitol. But the focal point of our weekend getaway will take place at the Library of Congress for an extraordinary program: “Scandal and the Presidency,” presented by special guest James D. Robenalt. The Plain Dealer’s Joanna Connors will interview Robenalt who, through audio clips, historical documents, and stories from family and friends of presidents and government officials, will weave together the events that not only make up some of the most long-spoken of presidential scandals, but also the events that contribute to some of our most uniquely historic times.

In addition to practicing law at Cleveland’s Thompson Hine LLP, Robenalt is the author of “The Harding Affair, Love and Espionage During the Great War” and “January 1973, Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever.”

Make your reservation today and start packing your bags because you won’t want to miss out on this spectacular weekend in Washington, D.C.

Special thanks to:
James D. Robenalt
Joanna Connors
The Kennedy Center
National Public Radio
The Library of Congress
Jones Day

Please note: travel and accommodations are not included.

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On the Waterfront $50.00 per guest

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by John* and Allyn Davies
Tickets Available: 16

We’re headed to the Rivergate Park along the Cuyahoga River to enjoy an evening at one of Cleveland Metroparks’s hottest restaurants: Merwin’s Wharf!

Our resident expert of the evening, Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman, will be joined byThe Plain Dealer reporter Michelle Jarboe McFee who will act as moderator for the discussion. While we dine on Merwin’s Wharf’s signature hors d’oeuvres and sip on beverages, Brian will let us in on the latest and most exciting developments about park development around Cleveland’s waterfront. Plus he’ll share updates about the Towpath Trail and all of its tributaries throughout the Emerald Necklace.

So bring your appetite and your camera and join us in this most spectacular of settings where the natural habitat along the Cuyahoga River meets the industrial tones of the remarkable bridges that surround it.

Special thanks to:
Cleveland Metroparks
Michelle Jarboe McFee

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The Tavern $75.00 per guest

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Hosted by Char* and Chuck Fowler

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What better way to enjoy an evening than with a one-of-a-kind meal in a beautiful setting? We’ll be doing just that at this very special event at Dunham Tavern Museum featuring the culinary creations of Chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering Co.

While in the rustically stunning Dunham Tavern Museum Barn, Chef Bebenroth and his team will prepare an exquisite five-course meal made with locally sourced ingredients and wine pairings. During our dining experience, Chef Bebenroth will discuss the benefits of utilizing local growers and will even invite attendees to participate in prepping portions of the meal.

So make your reservations today and bring your appetite for food and knowledge to this deliciously one-of-a-kind event.

Special thanks to:
Dunham Tavern Museum
Spice of Life Catering Co.

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Carousel $50.00 per guest

Friday, December 04, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Lauren Rich Fine* and Gary Giller
Tickets Available: 48

We’ll be feeling nostalgic at this event at the Cleveland History Center where the star of the show will be the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel! Nearly 45 years after the Park’s closure, the carousel restoration is complete, and the magic of this beloved Cleveland icon is being enjoyed by a new generation.

We will welcome special guests John Frato, Euclid Beach Park Now President; John Grabowski, Senior Vice President & Krieger Mueller Historian; and Kelly Falcone-Hall, Western Reserve Historical Society President and CEO, as they walk us through the history of the carousel and how the restoration came to be. And this event would not be complete without taking a ride or two on the carousel’s colorful, hand-carved horses.

So embrace your inner child and join us for an evening of Cleveland history and carousel rides. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Special thanks to:
Western Reserve Historical Society
Euclid Beach Park Now
fire food and drink

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Chef $50.00 per guest

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Laura and Barney Taxel
Tickets Available: 36

The CIFF is turning 40 this year and we're celebrating with great friends, food, and drinks at this mouth-wateringly fun event!

Laura and Barney Taxel are inviting some of Cleveland’s most interesting under-the-radar culinary professionals and a stellar northeast Ohio winemaker to Taxel Image Group to talk about what they do, why they do it, and how to create a great party spread. Our special guests of the evening include Clark Pope of Clark Pope Catering & Pope’s Kitchen, Scott D. Kuhn of Driftwood Restaurants and Catering, Jeremy Lisy of Green City Growers, Matt Meinike of M Cellars, Brian Doyle of SOW Food and Cafe Avalaun, and Jesse Mason and Helen Qin of Mason’s Creamery.

Join us as we indulge in some of their favorite party foods, local wines, and fascinating conversation.

Special thanks to:
Clark Pope Catering & Pope’s Kitchen
Driftwood Restaurants and Catering
Green City Growers
M Cellars
Mason's Creamery
SOW Food and Café
Taxel Image Group

West Shore Career Technical District - Culinary Arts Program

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Cinema Paradiso $50.00 per guest

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Fran Belkin
Tickets Available: 3

Join us in the bustling Uptown District as we tour the Cleveland Institute of Art’s stunning new home, the George Gund Building, as well as the Peter B. Lewis Theater, which houses the new state-of-the-art Cinematheque!

Our resident experts of the evening, Grafton Nunes (President and CEO of Cleveland Institute of Art), John Ewing (Director of Cinematheque at CIA), and Bill Guentzler (CIFF Artistic Director) will be joined by moderator and film aficionado Clint O’Connor to discuss how the project came to be, what it means for Cleveland and northeast Ohio, and personal stories of what makes CIA and its Cinematheque near and dear to the hearts of so many.

So join us for this evening of art and film talk by making your reservation today!

Special thanks to:
Cleveland Institute of Art
Culinary Occasions

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Three Amigos $50.00 per guest

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Dave Ream*
Tickets Available: 37

We’re celebrating the CIFF’s 40th anniversary at Type Twenty Seven in Cleveland’s AsiaTown with a very special panel discussion on all things CIFF! The three Executive Directors in CIFF’s history, Jonathan Forman, David Wittkowsky, and Marcie Goodman, will share stories of their past and current CIFF days, as well as behind-the-scenes antics of the CIFF. We will be joined by our moderator for the evening, Chief Executive Officer of The City Club of Cleveland, Dan Moulthrop.

To cap off the celebration, attendees will print their very own CIFF40 limited edition poster, courtesy of Type Twenty Seven, months before they will be available to the general public.

Make your reservation today and join us as we celebrate 40 years of film and art in Cleveland.

Special thanks to:
Type Twenty Seven
Culinary Occasions

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Get Shorty $50.00 per guest

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Joe Arezone*, Janet Rosel Smith, and Mark Smith*
Tickets Available: 270

Attention film fans, here is your chance to help program the CIFF40! Join us for GET SHORTY – the only event to appear in all 13 Film Feasts series – to tell us what you think should screen at this year’s Festival.

We will meet at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts to snack on hors d’oeuvres and sip on beverages before gathering in front of the big screen in their state-of-the-art auditorium. Here’s how it works: we will show a series of short films, you will cast your votes, and the top vote-getters will be guaranteed spots in the CIFF40 program line-up! That’s right – you get to decide what you and your fellow cinephiles will screen at this year’s CIFF.

This one-of-a-kind event is always a sellout, so reserve your spot today to be part of this Film Feasts series favorite!

Special thanks to:
The Breen Center for the Performing Arts
Culinary Occasions

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