Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)
SINCE: 1977
WHERE: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
WEBSITE: www.clevelandfilm.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: “The Cleveland International Film Festival is the premier film event between New York and Chicago. Today’s CIFF includes a full survey of contemporary international filmmaking with approximately 150 feature films and 130 short subject films from over 60 countries. Along with the main program of international films, there are special sidebars that add interest and diversity to the overall Festival. In recent years these have included 10% Cinema (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender themes), American Independents, Cinema en Espanol, Family Films, It’s Easy Being Green (films about environmental issues), Jewish and Israeli Visions, Local Heroes (films with local ties), Pacific Pearls, Pan-African Images, Standing Up (films with a conscience that address social justice and activism), and Women of the World.”

Documentary About Matthew Shepard Wins Top Award at 38th Cleveland International Film Festival

Documentary About Matthew Shepard Wins Top Award at 38th Cleveland International Film Festival

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINEMATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE

A personal documentary about 21-year-old college student, Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in 1998 because he was gay, won the Audience Choice Award For Best Film at the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF).  The film, MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE, directed by Matthew Shepard’s childhood friend Michele Josue, also won the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition. The film takes you on a journey to learn about Matt Shepard’s charismatic personality, which is documented through family photos, vacation videos, and even his personal diary entries. Some of the film’s most compelling scenes are with Matt’s parents, Judy and Dennis. 

The winners and awards of the the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF):

2014 Cleveland International Film Festival to Close with DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law. VIDEO Watch Trailer

2014 Cleveland International Film Festival to Close with DOM HEMINGWAY Starring Jude Law. VIDEO Watch Trailer

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The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival has selected DOM HEMINGWAY as its Closing Night film on Sunday, March 30, 2014.  DOM HEMINGWAY, directed by Richard Shepard and produced by Jeremy Thomas with Nick O’Hagan as co-producer, stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. 

DOM HEMINGWAY is a larger-than-life safecracker with a cocky swagger who is witty, unhinged, and full of piss and vinegar. After twelve years in prison, he sets off with his partner in crime Dickie (Richard E. Grant) looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut and protecting his boss Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir). After a near-death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter (Emilia Clarke), but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.

John McKay’s NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING to Open 2014 Cleveland International Film Festival

John McKay’s NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING to Open 2014 Cleveland International Film Festival

NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING directed by John McKay

NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING directed by John McKay has been announced as the Opening Night film of the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival, kicking off the festival on on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  This “gentle, stylish, and quirky romantic comedy” stars Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Amy Manson, Iain De Caestecker, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor, Gary Lewis, and Henry Ian Cusick.  The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival takes place March 19 to March 30, 2014.

Toy’s House to Kick Off 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival

Toy’s House to Kick Off 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival

Toy’s House, which filmed in Northeast Ohio, will get the honorary hometown treatment to open the 37th Cleveland International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.  Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the film stars Nick Robinson, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie and Mary Lynn Rajskub. The film which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, is described as “a unique coming-of-age story about three teenagers who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a […]

KING ME Documentary to Screen at 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival

KING ME Documentary to Screen at 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival

Think Media Studios said today that their 2011 documentary, KING ME, will screen at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. The documentary follows the story of one man’s struggle to elevate himself from his humble roots through a very unlikely game, world championship checkers. Played by millions across the globe, most see checkers as simply a casual game.  However, there is a competitive world of world-class checkers that features colorful characters, intense competition, and celebrated […]

Nesting to Open 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival

Nesting to Open 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival

  NESTING, directed by Cleveland native John Chuldenko, and starring Todd Grinnell and Ali Hillis, will open the 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) on Thursday, March 22nd. Nesting is the story of what happens when a thirty-something couple set aside the home furnishings catalogue and decide to rekindle their relationship when they return to their old neighborhood and end up squatting illegally in their twenty-something lives. The 36th Cleveland International Film Festival opens on […]

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

Cleveland International Film Festival wraps without Closing Night Film

A record-breaking audience of more than 78,000 people attended this year’s 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, but, there was no closing-night film. The screening of the scheduled film “Soul Surfer,” was cancelled after the print of the film was assumed lost when it never arrived at the festival. Although some ticket holders requested refunds, many were allowed to see other films including a last minute additional screening of the opening night film, “Hamill.” Awards were […]

Cleveland International Film Festival to open with Hamill and close with Soul Surfer

Cleveland International Film Festival to open with Hamill and close with Soul Surfer

The 35th Cleveland International Film Festival, scheduled for March 24 to April 3, 2011, will open with Oren Kaplan’s Hamill, based on Ohio wrestler Matt “The Hammer” Hamill; and close with Sean McNamara’s Soul Surfer. HAMILL, directed by Oren Kaplan, is an inspirational story of hope, perseverance, and the unbreakable belief in one’s dream. Starring Russell Harvard, Raymond Barry, Shoshannah Stern, and Michael Anthony Spady, the film is set to open the 35th Cleveland International […]