Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

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What CIFF45 Streams films are geo-restricted regionally (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania)?

200 METERS

CURED

DREAM HORSE

MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY

NOT GOING QUIETLY

SELF PORTRAIT

SPACEBOY

SUMMERTIME

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What CIFF45 Streams films are geo-restricted to Ohio only?

200 METERS

A LA CALLE

ASIA

THE AUSCHWITZ REPORT

CURED

THE DJINN

DREAM HORSE

HERE WE ARE

HOLLER

IN THE SAME BREATH

INTO THE DARKNESS

JACINTA

KISS ME KOSHER

LANDFALL

MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY

NOT GOING QUIETLY

RITA MORENO: JUST A GIRL WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT

SELF PORTRAIT

SPACEBOY

SUMMERTIME

THOU SHALT NOT HATE

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Do CIFF45 Streams films have closed captioning?

Some CIFF45 Streams films offer closed captioning and English subtitles. To see a listing of CIFF45 Streams films with closed captioning and subtitles, apply the "accessibility: Films with Captions/Subtitles" on the Schedule page.

We have recently been notified that the Closed Captioning feature is not available on the CIFF Streams app for Roku and Apple TV devices. Any film that has English subtitles (foreign language films) will still be able to be viewed with subtitles on the CIFF Streams app. However, any film marked as having closed captioning on the CIFF site will have to be viewed on a browser-based device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) in order for the closed captioning to display. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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What is CIFF45 Streams?

CIFF45 Streams is the Cleveland International Film Festival's 2021 Festival, taking place entirely online April 7-20, 2021.

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What are the Competitions and Awards films eligible for in this year's CIFF45 Streams program?

Visit the Awards and Competitions page for a listing and description of all CIFF45 Streams awards and film competitions.

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When will the CIFF45 Streams program be released?

The CIFF45 Streams program and all additional information was released on the CIFF website on Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM ET. There is a downloadable and printable PDF listing of all the CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs.

Please note: Physical Program Guides are not available for CIFF45 Streams (April 7-20, 2021). The most up-to-date CIFF45 Streams content and information can be found on the CIFF Website.

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Are there CIFF45 Streams Program Guides?

Physical Program Guides are not available for CIFF45 Streams (April 7-20, 2021). The CIFF45 Streams program and all additional CIFF45 Streams information is available on the CIFF website. A printable PDF listing of all CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs is available here.

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What tools does the CIFF Streams platform have for passholders?

Watch Later

  • The CIFF Streams platform has a Watch Later tool that allows passholders to create a unique list of CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs they would like to watch. This is similar to the members-only 'My Favorites' feature on the CIFF website. While the two lists are not connected, passholder members can use their My Favorites list to create their Watch Later list on the CIFF Streams platform.
  • To add a film or shorts program to your Watch Later list, click into the film or shorts program's landing page on the CIFF Streams platform and click on '(+) Watch Later'. This will add the film or shorts program to your Watch Later list.
  • You can access your list by clicking on 'Watch Later' from the top navigation on each page of the CIFF Streams platform.
  • To remove a film from your Watch Later list, go into the film or shorts program and click '(-) Watch Later' to remove it.

CIFF45 Streams Program Categories

  • On the home page of the CIFF Streams platform, passholders can browse the CIFF45 Streams program offerings by a number of categories: Shorts Programs, All Shorts, Feature Narratives, Feature Documentaries, All Features, Scheduled Screenings, or take a gamble with the CIFF Shuffle which, when selected, produces a random listing of CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs you may not have come across through your browsing.

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What is a "Streaming Window"?

A streaming window is the designated time frame a CIFF45 Streams film or shorts program is available to stream. With the exception of Scheduled Screenings, the streaming window for CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs is from 11:00 AM ET on April 8, 2021 through 11:59 PM ET on April 20, 2021, on a first-come, first-served basis, until a film is sold out.

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What does it mean when a film is streaming "On Demand"?

'On Demand' streaming allows viewers the freedom to choose when they will stream film(s) and shorts program(s) during CIFF45 Streams. With the exception of Scheduled Screenings, ticket holders can begin streaming all the films and shorts programs they've purchased tickets for, and passholders can begin streaming all CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs, at 11:00 AM ET on April 8, 2021 until 11:59 PM ET on April 20, 2021 on a first-come, first-served basis or until a film is sold out.

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What does it mean when a film is a "Scheduled Screening"?

The majority of CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs are available for On Demand streaming during CIFF45 Streams (from 11:00 AM ET on April 8, 2021 through 11:59 PM ET on April 20, 2021 on a first-come, first-served basis or until a film is sold out). Scheduled Screenings are CIFF45 Streams films that are only available to stream for a specific and limited timeframe. The streaming window for Scheduled Screenings is noted on the film's description page and a list of all Scheduled Screenings can be found here or generated by applying the “SCHEDULED SCREENINGS ONLY” filter on the Schedule page.

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What is a "Geo-restriction"?

Geo-restrictions use technology to limit streaming access to a film or shorts program based on a user’s geographical location. The majority of CIFF45 Streams films are geo-restricted to the United States and major U.S. territories (American Somoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands), however some films are geo-restricted to viewers in Ohio only or regionally (to viewers in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania). Viewers can create a list of CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs available to them from their streaming location by using the “Watching From” filter on the Schedule page.

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Are there geo-restrictions on CIFF45 Streams films?

Films in the CIFF45 Streams program will be available for streaming nationwide in the U.S. and major U.S. territories, unless otherwise noted. Some films are geo-restricted to viewers in Ohio only or regionally (to viewers in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania). Geo-restrictions on films are listed under the “Access” section on the film’s description page. Applying the “Watching From” filter on the Schedule page will generate a listing of all CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs available to stream from a specific location.

Please note: Geo-restrictions are based on the current location (and IP address) of the viewer while streaming and are not determined by the primary address or residency of viewers.

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Why can't I purchase tickets to the FilmSlam Streams shorts programs?

FilmSlam Streams shorts programs are unavailable for purchase as it is part of FilmSlam Streams, our educational program for students in grades 5-12.

If you are a teacher or educator and would like more information about FilmStam Streams, please contact Beth Radisek at beth@clevelandfilm.org.

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What is a "Redemption Window"?

A Redemption Window is the amount of time a ticket holder has to redeem and stream a CIFF45 Streams film or shorts program they have purchased a ticket for.

All CIFF45 Streams films have a redemption window of 48 hours from the time a film or shorts program is redeemed (by clicking “Play” on the film or shorts program).

However, irrespective of redemption windows, all CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs must be viewed in full by 11:59 PM ET on April 20, 2021.

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What is a "Streaming Cap"?

All CIFF45 Streams films are limited to a maximum number of streams (or Streaming Cap). Streaming caps are set by the film’s distributor and vary film-to-film. Each CIFF45 Streams film has a ticket holder streaming cap (which when reached, tickets are no longer sold and a film is marked "TICKETS SOLD OUT") as well as a passholder streaming cap (which when reached, a film is "SOLD OUT" and is no longer available for passholders to stream and is only available to stream for pre-existing ticket holders). We suggest prioritizing the films you really want to see first when creating your streaming schedule.

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What are the distributor restrictions on CIFF45 Streams films?

  • All CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs are geo-restricted to the U.S. and major U.S. territories (American Somoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands), unless otherwise noted. Some films in the CIFF45 Streams program are geo-restricted to viewers in Ohio only or regionally (to viewers in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania). Any geo-restrictions on films will be noted on the film’s description page under "Access" of the CIFF website. You can also filter films that are not available in your streaming location by applying the "Watching From" filter on the Schedule page.
  • The majority of CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs are available for On Demand streaming during CIFF45 Streams (from 11:00 AM ET on April 8, 2021 through 11:59 PM ET on April 20, 2021 on a first-come, first-served basis or until a film is sold out). Scheduled Screenings however, are CIFF45 Streams films that are only available to stream for a specific and limited timeframe. The streaming window for Scheduled Screenings is noted on the film's description page and a list of all Scheduled Screenings can be found here or generated by applying the “SCHEDULED SCREENINGS ONLY” filter on the Schedule page.
  • Every film in the CIFF45 Streams program is limited to a maximum number of available streams (or a Streaming Cap). Films are available to stream on a first-come, first-served basis until a film is sold out. We suggest prioritizing the films you really want to see first when creating your streaming schedule. For CIFF45 Streams programming updates, visit our Latest Updates page.

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What is a 'Sidebar'?

Sidebars are categories of CIFF45 Streams films by shared common topics, themes, languages, culture, or geographic region that help attendees navigate the offerings. The special categories of CIFF45 Streams films include: After Hours, Black Cinema, Cinema En Espanol, Democray's Heroes, Family Films, Film is Art, Jewish & Israeli Visions, Outlook, Pan-Asian Cinema, and Women of the World.

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What special film programs are included in CIFF45 Streams?

In addition to the CIFF45 Streams programming highlights, Sidebars and Competitions, this year we are proud to present the return of our DReamcatcher program and new this year, our Groundbreaker program.

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Will there be Q&As and Filmmaker Conversations for CIFF45 Streams films?

Yes! Join us for pre-recorded, moderated Filmmaker Conversations as well as live, interactive Q&As with filmmakers. For more information, visit here.

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What are the 'Happy Hour' events?

CIFF Happy Hours are live, interactive shows on the CIFF YouTube page where we cover Festival news, updates, and recaps, as well as chat with filmmakers, cast, and subjects from multiple films in the festival. You'll be able to ask questions through the live chat feature, so come ready! Dates and times of each Happy Hour event are listed here as well within each Happy Hour event's page.

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What are the 'Roundtable' events?

Roundtables are pre-record discussions with CIFF45 Streams filmmakers, subjects, and cast that further explore topics, themes, and backgrounds between the represented films. These conversations will be available for viewing beginning at 11:00 AM ET on April 8, 2021 on CIFF YouTube page.

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Are CIFF45 Streams films rated or age-restricted?

Most independent and international films are unrated by the M.P.A.A.; therefore, viewer discretion is advised and any content warnings on a CIFF45 Streams film or shorts program's description should be heeded.

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What does it mean when a film or shorts program is "SOLD OUT"?

All CIFF45 Streams films are limited to a maximum number of streams (or streaming cap) on a first-come, first-served basis until a film is sold out. Once all tickets to a film are sold, the film will be marked as “TICKETS SOLD OUT” on the CIFF website. Pre-existing ticket holders for that film and all CIFF passholders will still be able to stream the film.

When a film’s status has been marked “TICKETS SOLD OUT” and then the passholder streaming cap on a film is reached, the film’s status will be updated to “SOLD OUT” and the film will become unavailable to stream for passholders. However, pre-existing ticket holders of that film will still be able to stream the film. We suggest you prioritize the films you really want to see first when creating your streaming schedule. For CIFF45 Streams programming updates, visit our Latest Updates page.

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What does it mean when a film or shorts program says "TICKETS SOLD OUT" ?

All CIFF45 Streams films are limited to a maximum number of streams (or streaming cap) on a first-come, first-served basis, until a film is sold out. Once all tickets to a film are sold, the film will be marked as “TICKETS SOLD OUT” on the CIFF website. Pre-existing ticket holders for that film and all CIFF passholders will still be able to stream the film. For CIFF45 Streams programming updates, visit our Latest Updates page.

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What is the difference between "TICKETS SOLD OUT" and "SOLD OUT"?

When a film is marked as “TICKETS SOLD OUT” on the CIFF website, pre-existing ticket holders for that film or shorts program and all passholders are still able to stream the film, but tickets will no longer be on sale.

When a film or shorts program is marked as "SOLD OUT" passholders will no longer be able to stream the film, however pre-existing ticket holders will still be able to stream the film.

For CIFF45 Streams programming updates, visit our Latest Updates page.

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How do I vote for CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs?

CIFF patrons can cast their votes for CIFF45 Streams feature and short films on the CIFF Streams platform, accessible via a web browser on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. When streaming via the CIFF Streams app for Roku and Apple TV devices, CIFF patrons will only be able to vote for feature films. There is no functionality on the CIFF Streams app to vote for individual short films within a shorts program.

Votes can be cast using the 1 to 5 star-rating system on the CIFF Streams platform. The more stars you give a film, the higher the rating. There are five greyed-out stars on every feature film's page on the CIFF Streams platform and the CIFF Streams app. There are five greyed-out stars next to every short film's title on shorts program pages on the CIFF Streams platform, however not on the CIFF Streams app.

To cast your vote, click on the star(s) to select and highlight them from a dull grey to a bright yellow (with your finger on touch screens if voting on smartphones or tablets, with your cursor if voting on a computer, or with your remote if voting on your TV via the CIFF Streams app). When you move your finger/cursor/remote away from the stars they will be bright white with the rating you have selected and your vote will have been cast.

Once you cast your vote, you can go back and change it if you still have access to that film or shorts program. You will have until 7:00 PM ET on April 17, 2021 to cast your votes before we announce the winners of our various audience choice awards and competitions.

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My streaming access expired before I could finish streaming. Can I get a refund or another link?

CIFF45 Streams films and shorts programs must be viewed within 48 hours of redemption. A ticket is considered redeemed once you click "Play" on the film or shorts program and any accompanying bonus content.

While you can rewind or temporarily pause a film or shorts program during the 48-hour redemption window, it is suggested that you not stop the film or shorts program and try to resume streaming at a later time as you will be unable to continue streaming the film or shorts program.

Exchanges and refunds will not be issued for partially or fully unredeemed films or shorts programs. It is the responsibility of the viewer to stream the film or shorts program in full before their 48-hour redemption window ends. Patrons are welcome to purchase a new ticket to the film or shorts program if their streaming access has expired.

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Can I share my CIFF45 Streams access with others?

No. Sharing CIFF45 Streams tickets, memberships, or passholder accounts with anyone outside of your household is considered an act of piracy, which will be monitored, and any violations will result in the automatic suspension of access to CIFF45 Streams without refund.

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Can I download or record CIFF45 Streams films?

No. The CIFF Streams platform uses multi-DRM technology to prevent piracy. Users caught committing acts of piracy will have their CIFF Streams access revoked without refund and will be turned over to law enforcement authorities.

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CIFF Tweets

Spend time revisiting, or experiencing for the first time, our Opening Night filmmaker Q&A with TOGETHER TOGETHER director Nikole Beckwith. CIFF's own Mallory Martin spoke with Nikole about the film’s fresh approach to exploring love and parenthood. https://t.co/LtN17ypRND https://t.co/h5m5zaBLQ7

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Spend time revisiting, or experience it for the first time, our Opening Night filmmaker Q&A with TOGETHER TOGETHER director Nikole Beckwith. CIFF Artistic Director Mallory Martin spoke with Nikole about the films fresh approach to exploring love and parenthood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcGKVPIWlko&list=PLq7upf105HdHdE9PKBKOIi64q4zpEVIk2&index=39

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