The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
DReam Catcher is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s new program and award, established to honor the life and memory of David K. Ream (1949–2017), a beloved CIFF trustee. An indexer by profession, a master of puns by choice, and a true Renaissance man at heart, Dave loved Cleveland and everything about it.
DReam Catcher will celebrate LGBTQ artists through the recognition of an LGBTQ filmmaker at each Festival.
In its inaugural year, the CIFF is thrilled to recognize award-winning director and Cleveland native, Jamie Babbit, as its first DReam Catcher program participant and award recipient.
Jamie will spend her time in Cleveland meeting with LGTBQ community organizations and students. And the DReam Catcher Award will be presented to Jamie as part of the CIFF43 Closing Night Ceremony.
Jamie has directed several shorts and features, including “The Itty Bitty Titty Committee” (CIFF31), as well as “Fresno” (SXSW Premiere 2015), starring Natasha Lyonne and Aubrey Plaza, and the queer comedy, “But I'm a Cheerleader,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Other features include “The Quiet” for Sony Classics, starring Edie Falco, which won the grand jury prize at SXSW.
Jamie has also produced and directed multiple award winning television shows, including GIRLS (HBO), Looking (HBO), and The L Word (Showtime). She received a best directing Emmy nomination for Silicon Valley (HBO). Jamie has been profiled in The New York Times, Out Magazine, Time Out, The LA Times, Filmmaker Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She was listed by Variety as a “director to watch.”