The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Thank you for your interest in submitting to the Cleveland International Film Festival. Our Call for Entries process is now closed. Please check back in June for information.
In April 2019 at the CIFF43, Ohio's premiere film event featured 450 films originating from 71 countries and an attendance of 105,839 film-lovers – making CIFF one of the largest and longest running regional film festivals in the U.S.
CIFF is one of the few Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the world for all three categories of short films – live action, animated, and documentary. CIFF is also one of the only festivals that continues to provide written feedback from our selection committee for every film that is officially submitted. This past year, CIFF gave cash awards totaling nearly $130,000 to the winning filmmakers of 30 different competitions.
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