Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022

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Film Forums

FilmForums are moderated and interactive panel discussions that feature filmmakers, community leaders, and scholars who are knowledgeable about the topic at hand.

Film forums begin after the film ends, and are 45 minutes long.

What is Stand by?

Only a portion of available seats are sold in advance in order to save room for passholders. Once these advanced tickets have sold, a film is considered on Stand By. However, even for crowded films, we can often accommodate additional patrons just before showtime.

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Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. High St
Akron, OH 44326

330.643.9000

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Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110

216.383.1124

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Hanna Theatre
2067 East 14th St
Cleveland, OH 44115

216.241.6000

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Cinemark Valley View
6001 Canal Rd
Valley View, OH 44125

216.447.8820

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Chagrin Cinemas
8200 East Washington Street
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

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The Nightlight
30 North High Street
Akron, OH 44308

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Cleveland State University, MU 107
2001 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Connor Palace
1615 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
1515 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44113

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CIFF Chat Room
Second Floor, Skylight Councourse
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E 9th St
Cleveland, OH 44114

216.781-7625

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13116 Shaker Square
Cleveland, OH 44120

216.921.9342

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Plaza Cinemas
140 Cherry Street
Kent, OH 44240

330.968.6335

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Akron Art Museum
1 S High St
Akron, OH 44308

330.376.9185

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Apollo Theatre
19 East College St
Oberlin, OH 44074

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11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

216.421.7350

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Cleveland Museum of Art - Lecture Hall
11150 East Boulevard
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Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

216.231.4600

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Keybank State Theatre
1519 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cedar Lee Theatre 2
2163 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

216.321.5411

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Cedar Lee Theatre 1
2163 Lee Rd
Cleveland Hts, OH 44118

216.321.5411

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Capitol Theatre
1390 W 65th St
Cleveland, OH 44102

216.651.7295

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Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102

216.961.6391

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Opening Night

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

CIFF45 Streams will kick off on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET with our Opening Night Film, TOGETHER TOGETHER. The evening will include the screening of the film, as well as the 8:30 PM ET live post-film Q&A with the film's director Nikole Beckwith. The streaming window for the film is 7:00 PM ET - 10:00 PM ET. For those who would like to join the live 8:30 PM ET Q&A, please plan to start the film at 7:00 PM ET. This film is available to residents in OH, IN, MI, and PA.

Tickets for the Opening Night Film and Q&A are $20 for CIFF members and $25 for the general public. CIFF Super Streamer members are not required to purchase a ticket, as access to the film is included in the Super Streamer level of membership on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Join us for a live, interactive Q&A with the director of TOGETHER TOGETHER. The Q&A will be available starting at 8:30 PM ET on April 7th on the CIFF virtual cinema platform. learn more.

Together Together

UNITED STATES
Directed by Nikole Beckwith
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Matt, a successful app developer in his 40s, is beyond ready to start a family. But life hasn’t gone the way he thought it would. Single and without any romantic prospects, Matt (Ed Helms) makes the unconventional decision to hire a surrogate to carry his baby and to raise his child as a single father. In need of the finances to pursue a college degree, Anna (Patti Harrison), a young barista with a complicated past, is hired as Matt’s surrogate, creating an oddly intimate dynamic for two single straight strangers. Matt and Anna couldn’t be more different. Matt is an over-eager tech nerd who is bursting at the seams to tell people about his new baby, and Anna is a pessimistic millennial with a dry sense of humor, who’d rather keep the news of this pregnancy to herself. In fact, the only thing these two seemingly have in common is their loneliness. But while struggling to navigate the boundaries of their awkward arrangement, Matt and Anna may find themselves in the middle of a love story, and refreshingly, a platonic love story. Featuring a dynamic cast of comedy gems including Tig Notaro, Julio Torres, Anna Konkle, and Sufe Bradshaw, TOGETHER TOGETHER is a delightful comedy about a love and friendship formed in the most unlikely circumstances. —G.S.

Together Together

Closing Night

Saturday, April 17, 2021

CIFF45 Streams will mark its final weekend with its Closing Night Film BEST SUMMER EVER on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET. The evening will include the screening of the film, as well as the 8:15 PM ET live post-film Q&A with the film's co-directors Michael Parks Randa and Lauren Smitelli, as well as actors Shannon DeVido and AJ Murray. The streaming window for the film is Saturday, April 17th at 7:00 PM ET - Tuesday, April 20th at 11:59 PM ET. For those who would like to join the live 8:15 PM ET Q&A, please plan to start the film on Saturday, April 17th at 7:00 PM ET.

This film is available with captions and with or without audio description, and is open to viewers nationwide.

Tickets for the Closing Night Film and Q&A are $8 for CIFF members and $10 for the general public. Passholder-level members are not required to purchase a ticket, as access to the film is included in passholder-level membership on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Join us for a live, interactive Q&A with the directors and cast of Best Summer Ever. The Q&A will be available starting at 8:15PM on April 17th on the CIFF YouTube page. learn more.

Best Summer Ever

 

UNITED STATES
Directed by Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli
Running Time: 80 Minutes

After falling in love at a dance camp over the summer, Sage and Anthony don’t know when they’ll see each other again…but it might be sooner than they think. With a magical twist of fate, Sage finds herself enrolled as a new student at Anthony’s high school. Which is great! Except for the fact that everyone at school thought Anthony was at a football camp all summer. As the star player on the Eagles football team, Anthony has kept his love of dance a secret from everyone. But there’s no time like the present to embrace your authenticity, and Sage will inspire Anthony to do just that. A joyful and heartwarming musical filled with original songs, BEST SUMMER EVER will have you dancing in your living room. Fresh and inclusive, this film is made up of a versatile, fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities. — G.S.

BEST SUMMER EVER will also be available to view with AUDIO DESCRIPTION - for those who are visually impaired. To purchase a ticket for the version with audio description, please visit the BEST SUMMER EVER (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION) page.

Best Summer Ever

Centerpiece

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

We are thrilled to offer our inaugural Centerpiece screening SUMMERTIME on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9:00 PM ET. The evening will include the screening of the film, as well as the pre-recorded conversation with director Carlos López Estrada and some of the featured poets from the film. The streaming window for the film is 9:00 PM ET – 11:59 PM ET, and is available to residents in OH, IN, MI, and PA.

Tickets for the Centerpiece screening are $8 for CIFF members and $10 for the general public. Passholder-level members are not required to purchase a ticket, as access to the film is included in passholder-level membership on a first-come, first-served basis.

Related Event

Join us for a pre-recorded Q&A with Carlos López Estrada, Director and Producer of the CIFF45 Streams Centerpiece film Summertime, and more. The Q&A will be available starting at 10:30PM on April 13th on both the CIFF virtual cinema platform and the CIFF YouTube page. learn more.

Summertime

UNITED STATES
Directed by Carlos López Estrada
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Like his energetic and impactful debut, “Blindspotting,” Carlos López Estrada’s sophomore feature SUMMERTIME is a love song to the West Coast that blends poetry and hip-hop with themes of home and belonging. Taking place over one summer day in bustling Los Angeles, the film showcases 25 young local poets, using their impassioned slam pieces like a musical does songs. As the teens’ lives intersect across the city, each one is given their moment in the spotlight to pour their heart into intensely personal words. From the afroed Tyris Yelp-reviewing his way around a changing neighborhood to Marquesha gaining the confidence to “rap battle her demons,” moments weave in and out to form a vibrant portrait of a city facing gentrification while fostering a new generation of culturally diverse artists. Spoken word, dance, song, rap, and colorful city street montages come together in a unique form that will make you long for the summer heat as you hear the voices of young Angelinos assert their right to claim their home as their own. (In English, Korean, and Spanish with subtitles) — D.O.

Summertime
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