Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

I partially refunded the cost of my CIFF44 membership. Am I still an active CIFF member?

No. Anyone who partially refunded their CIFF44 membership purchase and partially converted it to a donation or gift certificate is not a current CIFF member. If you would like to sign up again as a CIFF member, please visit here.


I converted the full cost of my CIFF44 membership to a donation. Am I still an active CIFF member?

Yes! Those that chose to donate the full amount of their CIFF44 membership are still active members in our system until their original expiration date. They will still have access to all of the available benefits of being a current CIFF member.


Will CIFF44 be postponed to a later date?

No, CIFF44 will not be postponed to a later date. Unfortunately, we do not have the human resources or the financial resources to reschedule the 2020 Festival.

We will be focusing all of our efforts and resources on planning CIFF45, which will take place April 7–18, 2021 at Playhouse Square.


Is there still a Challenge Match?

Yes. The online Challenge Match launched on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the original Opening Day of CIFF44. Please visit here for more informaiton on how to participate and donate!


Can I get a refund for my CIFF44 submission fee?

CIFF Submissions Refund Policy:

If your film was an official selection for CIFF44 and you are wondering about getting your submission fee refunded, please email (and please include the name of your film).

If you submitted your film to be considered for CIFF44 but it was not selected, we will not be refunding submission fees. This is due to the fact that our selection process was completed in full – each film was watched by at least three members of our screening team, we completed our CIFF44 lineup based off the work of our screening team, and notifications were sent out on February 21, 2020.

Whether or not your film was selected for CIFF44, we are happy to provide written feedback about your film from our screening team. To request your feedback, please email (and please include the name of your film).


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Good news! You can catch #CIFF44 alum THE FIGHT in the Cinematheque’s virtual multiplex through August 20th! Get full info and purchase your tickets today:

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Join our very own Bill Guentzler tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th at 7 PM EST as he participates in a panel discussion, The Future of Film Festivals: Creating Community, Connection, & Curation Online. Tickets are $15, but use code FOFCIFF to get yours for $10. Full information for you here:

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Film friends, there is still time to catch SELMA, directed by CIFF alum Ava DuVernay and available across streaming platforms for free through June! Watch the trailer at

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