Festival Calendar

Cleveland International Film Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival
2510 Market Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113-3434, United States

United States
phone +1 216 623 3456
email: cfs@clevelandfilm.org

Executive Director
Ms. Marcie Goodman

Artistic Director/Contact for German Entries
Mallory Martin

Year of Foundation 1977

Event Date from 30 March 2022 till 17 April 2022

Event Date from 30 March 2022 till 9 April 2022 (in-person), from 10 April 2022 till 17 April 2022 (online)

in Cleveland, United States

Sections Feature films: 11 competition sections
Short films: 14 competition sections
Special Program: Perspectives, FilmForum, FilmSlam, CSU Filmmaker Panels, Directors Spotlight, Web Series, New Media

Terms of Entry Premiere in the Greater Cleveland area required, English subtitles necessary, Shorts: less than 45 min. / Features: 45 min. or more
Free of charge: Web Series, New Media, submissions@clevelandfilm.org
Online screeners only

Productions made after June 1, 2020 may be submitted, with the exception of those works previously submitted to the CIFF. No works previously submitted to the festival will be considered.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline Final Deadline: December 31, 2021
Extended Deadline: January 7, 2022

Fees Features: 140 $, Shorts: 120 $

Attendance Figures 42,000 (approximately) streams were experienced by the audience during the digital edition of the festival in 2020.

Participants of the Film Industry Three juries are comprised of industry members. Other festival programmers, filmmakers and leaders in the international film industry.

Prizes/Awards Cash awards in all sections, in total over 125.000$

German Films


International Narrative Competition
BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani (DE/NL, Sommerhaus Filmproduktion)
HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker (DE/IT/DNK, zischlermann filmproduktion, Bagarrefilm, Snowglobe)
RIVAL (RIVALE) by Marcus Lenz (HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion, Wildfilms)
THERE IS NO EVIL (ES GIBT KEIN BÖSES) by Mohammad Rasoulof (DE/CZ/IR, Cosmopol Film)

Black Cinema
BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani (DE/NL, Sommerhaus Filmproduktion)

After Hours Shorts
I AM by Jerry Hoffmann

Comedy Shorts
MAZEL TOV COCKTAIL by Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)

Family Shorts
MISHOU by Milen Vitanov (DE/BG)

Film Slam Streams German
CELL 364 by Zoé Rossion, Mathilde Babo (FR/DE)
DAY X (TAG X) by Katharina Rivilis
SUPERHERO by Émile v. Schlesser (LU/US/DE)

Prizes for German films George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition
MEN DON’T CRY by Alen Drljevic (BH/SL/HR/DE, Manderley Films)

Best Family Short
REVOLTING RHYMES by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

Best Student Short
WATU WOTE - ALL OF US by Katja Benrath (Hamburg Media School)

Number of Films Shown 300 films including long feature films and short films

Media Coverage The journalists and media that attend the festival are primarily locally based, or regionally based (ranging from Akron, Erie PA, Columbus, OH).
The festival also partners with Eurochannel.

Evaluation The festival is one of the longest running regional film festivals in the US and qualifies for the Academy Award in the three short film categories.

Within the wide range of competitions and sidebars, the festival does focus on the newest and best films from around the world, with specific emphasis on North American and European films.

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