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

Sidebars

In addition to the main Festival program, there are special film sections that add interest and diversity to the overall Festival and help attendees navigate the offerings. These special categories include:

African Diaspora

African Diaspora

These remarkable films feature stories from Africa, made by and about Africans and people of African descent from around the world. {view films}

After Hours

After Hours

Ready for your mind to be blown? Prowl the Festival and feast on these dark, mysterious, thrilling, and bizarre films. {view films}

Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances

These compelling documentaries examine the prevailing threat to democracy around the world. {view films}

Cinema en Español

Cinema en Español

This eclectic array of Spanish-language films, and films with Spanish dialogue, explores a multitude of subjects that range from the culturally specific to the universal. {view films}

Family Films

Family Films

You can take a family trip around the world without leaving the city. These family-friendly films are great for kids and young adults. {view films}

Film Is Art

Film Is Art

Focusing on topics including photography, painting, illustration, fashion, and theater, these films explore artists and the artistic process. Some of these films also highlight animation—an art form in and of itself. {view films}

Jewish & Israeli Visions

Jewish & Israeli Visions

These films from—or about—Israel and the Jewish diaspora enlighten with their unique cultural perspective. {view films}

Outlook

Outlook

This long-standing sidebar, now with a new name, features films focusing on issues, topics, and stories from the lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer communities. {view films}

Pan-Asian Cinema

Pan-Asian Cinema

Focusinng on films from the Pacific Islands and the entire continent of Asia, along with stories of Asian-Americans, these films feature modern tales from ancient cultures. {view films}

Voices of the Arab World

Voices of the Arab World

These films, hailing from many different countries, share the same language and exemplify dynamic cultures that have impacted history while continuing to mold the world's dialogue. {view films}

Women of the World

Women of the World

Once again we are proud to feature this collection of films that celebrate empowered women. {view films}

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