Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 77 minutes



The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. The Decision. José Mesa. And so it goes for Cleveland sports fans. Years of getting so close, followed by years of futility, followed by just dumb luck, followed by stars leaving for greener pastures seems to be the resumé of our hometown teams. So what keeps the fans returning for more? BELIEVELAND, part of the award-winning “30 for 30” ESPN documentary film series, attempts to explain the masochistic devotion many Browns, Indians, and Cavs fans have when it comes to cheering for teams that continue to break our hearts. Including interviews with ghosts of sports heroes past, current Cleveland personalities, and many of the very fanatics that keep taking their licks, BELIEVELAND is like group therapy where the patients are the ones asking “why, Why, WHY!” Only true Clevelanders can understand our love for our city, our loyalty to our teams, and the mentality that hungers for more even though it’s been 50 years since our last championship. And that’s because one day–one day–we’ll be able to say, “I told you so” to everyone who refuses to believe. –T.W.

CIFF40 Screenings

Connor Palace

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 02, 2016 at 11:35 AM

Sunday, April 03, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Monday, April 04, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Local Heroes Competition

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Andy Billman

Andy Billman produces documentaries for ESPN Films. He has worked on SportsCenter, The ESPYs, Playmakers, Tilt, and Dream Job. As an Ohio native and graduate of the University of Toledo, he loves all things Cleveland.


Brian D'Ostilio, Matt McDonald, Scott Raab

Adam Zebersky, Chris Spaide

Jeff Reilly

Jim Brown, Mike Brown, Earnest Byner, Jim Donovan, Craig Ehlo, Mike Hargrove, Tom Hamilton, Dan Gilbert, Aaron Goldhammer, Bob Golic, Tony Grossi, Arsenio Hall, Paul Hoynes, Kenny Lofton, Kevin Mack, David Modell, Charlie Nagy, Fred Nance, Scott Raab, Tony Rizzo, Marty Schottenheimer, Jim Thome, Wright Thompson, Mo Williams, Brian Windhorst, Felix Wright

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