The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 90 minutes
At the 39th CIFF we premiered our most ground-breaking program to date: New Direction. Focusing on debut directors whose innovative films transform the traditional notions of cinematic storytelling, New Direction is back once again. Thanks to the support of CoverMyMeds, we are proud to present our first New Direction Competition. Screening within this competition are films created by emerging filmmakers who we believe will redefine the future of filmmaking. Films in competition that are screening in the Festival will be viewed by our panel of jurors throughout the week. The winner will be announced at our Closing Night Reception, receiving a cash prize of $7,500.
We will also be hosting a panel discussion that will include many of the directors of the films in the New Direction Competition. The panel will be a short program featuring clips and trailers from each film. The New Direction Panel is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved above.