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
Our three jurors select winners of the awards listed below. The shorts are screened and the filmmakers are recognized during this special program. Each award is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize.
Best Animated Short Award* - sponsored by Reminger Co., L.P.A.
Best Comedy Short Award - sponsored by David K. Ream
Best Documentary Short Award* - sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin
Best International Short Award - sponsored by MP Star Financial, Inc.
Best LGBT Short Award: Given in Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit - sponsored by Jan and Harold Babbit
Best Live Action Short Award* - sponsored by Anne Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris
Best Ohio Short Award - sponsored by Ulmer + Berne
Best Student Short Award - sponsored by MP Star Financial, Inc.
Best Women’s Short Award - sponsored by Jinny and John Johnson
The Clover and Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life - sponsored by Barbara Hawley and David Goodman
The Spalding and Jackson Award: In Celebration of Joy - sponsored by Marcie Goodman and John C. Williams
*These award winners will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards.®