Cleveland International Film Festival
Special section on Italy
April 3 – 14, 2013
Cleveland, Tower City Cinemas
The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will take place April 3th and April 14th, 2013. Over the past four years, the Italian cinema has helped to increase the frequency of the number of participants, the number of feature films and short films and as a result the internationality of the event.
The first Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) was organized by Jonathan Forman and presented April 13 - June 2, 1977 at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights. The first CIFF received substantial media attention and attendance indicated that Clevelanders wanted a broader schedule.
By its third year, the CIFF had grown to include feature films from around the world, children's films, retrospectives, and short subjects. Guest filmmakers regularly attended the Film Festival to introduce their films and answer audience questions. Moreover a fall program of international films became an annual part of the organization's presentations for a number of years.
In January 1991, the Board of Trustees voted to move the Film Festival from the Cedar Lee Theatre to Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland, making the event more accessible and increasing, over the years, the partecipation.
The Festival continues to grow in every capacity with increases in the number of staff, volunteers, guest filmmakers, community partners, media sponsors, regional partners, venues, and films.
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.
Every year thousands of people come from all over the world to see independent films, short films, and short commercial clips. Many people stay right in the downtown area, so that they can attend films during the entire ten days of the Film Festival.