The Cleveland International Film Festival, a staple of the city, is celebrating its 39th year, showcasing over a total of 180 feature films and 65 short films, hailing from 68 different countries.
The festival kicked off on March 18 and continues until March 29, with showings in several theaters including Shaker Square Cinemas, Capitol Theatre and Cedar Lee Theatre. The majority of the films are shown at Tower City Cinemas.
The films, which are showing over a 12-day period, vary in genres.
For example, “Dragula,” a laugh out loud comedy short, features a man who comes to terms with his inner voice when he performs a drag number at a high school talent show, while “Bear,” a Norwegian drama, displays the delicate personal relationship between vulnerability and survival in the arctic tundra.
On Monday, March 23, the Cleveland Foundation Community Day celebrated its one year anniversary and offered free screenings of “The Homestretch,” a film identifying student homelessness in the Chicago public school system.
The CIFF offers free admission for college students for matinee shows (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and late shows (after 11 p.m.) until Saturday, March 28.
Those attending the closing night film showings on Sunday, March 29 are welcome to enjoy a dessert reception and awards presentation around The Fountain at Tower City Center.
A couple of JCU students, who have attended the Cleveland International Film Festival in the past, shared their thoughts about their experience at this annual event.
Senior Paul Mullin said, “I attended the opening night this year and saw the film “See You in My Dreams,” and the movie was phenomenal. Afterward, there was a party where I was able to meet the director and talk to him personally.”
“It’s a festival that has been around for a while that is starting to flourish with all of Cleveland’s film involvement,” said senior Mitch Quataert. “It’s a fun environment for movie lovers to catch some artsy flicks.”
For more information on films or events, please visit Clevelandfilm.org.
Editor’s Note: Information from Clevelandfilm.org was used in this article.