Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

SINCE: 1977

WHERE: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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.

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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):