Cleveland International Film Festival

Sunday, Apr 18, 2021 at 11:00am

Online
Cleveland, OH 44113

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45th Cleveland International Film Festival

The decision to hold CIFF45 online in its entirety is based on science and community circumstances, as well as the state of the film, theater, and event industries.

100+ Feature and 150+ Short Films

Most films will be available on demand throughout the USA and its territories throughout the duration of the Festival.

Films:

11:00am:

1-1
3 Epistolary Films
THE 8TH
200 METERS
Adventures at Home: Imagination is Everything
Afro
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Áine
ALA KACHUU - Take and Run
ALINA
Altruist
AMY TAN: UNINTENDED MEMOIR
APART
Are You Still There?
ASIA
At Last
AT THE READY
THE AUSCHWITZ REPORT
Avalanche
Baby Faith Christmas
BAD TALES
BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
Beautiful Day
A Beautiful Nightmare
Benchwarmers
BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ
BEST SUMMER EVER (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)
Bêtise
Beyond the Line
THE BIG SCARY "S" WORD
Black Boys Can't Cry
Bodega de Edgar
BRING IT HOME
BRØTHERS
Carry Me
Cell 364
CHARLATAN
Charon
CHASING CHILDHOOD
Clara with a Mustache
Colrun
THE COLUMNIST
COMING HOME IN THE DARK
Common Language
A Concerto is a Conversation
A COPS AND ROBBERS STORY
A COSTUME FOR NICOLAS
CRUTCH
CRUTCH (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)
Cuckoo!
CURED
DAISY QUOKKA: WORLD'S SCARIEST ANIMAL
The Danger in Front
Day Release
Day X
Dear Future Me
The Delivery
The Departure
THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE
Disrupted Borders
Distances
THE DJINN
THE DOG WHO WOULDN'T BE QUIET
Dormo Poco E Sogno Molto - Espana Circo Este
DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL
DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA
DREAM HORSE
DREAMBUILDERS
Duty
EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
The Effects
Embracing the Stars
END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK
Envy
The Ephemeral
Estilo Americano
Etana
Fabiu
Family
FATHER
The Feathers
Feeling Through
FELICITÁ
FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS
FIRST DATE
FOR MADMEN ONLY
Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran
Freeze
Freezerburn
From Kurils with Love
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
GENERATION GROWTH
The Gesture and the Word
Going Down Alone
GOLDEN ARM
Golden Boy
GOODBYE SOVIET UNION
Graceland
Gratitude Jar Time Capsule
Green Luck
Groundhog Night
Grow Old With Me
GYPSY 83
Haute Cuisine
HAVEL
Heading South
HERE WE ARE
Hizia
Hobby
HOLLER
HONEYDEW
How to Raise a Black Boy
HUMAN FACTORS
I Am
I Can Change
I Never Picked Cotton
I Wish You Were Real
Ignited States
I'm a Vampire
IN THE DARK OF THE VALLEY
IN THE SAME BREATH
INTO THE DARKNESS
The Invisible Monster
Izzy's Demons
JACINTA
Jack and Jo Don't Want to Die
Joe Buffalo
Just for the Record
Just Hold On
Kachalka
Kapaemahu
KARNAWAL
KINGS OF CAPITOL HILL
KISS ME KOSHER
A LA CALLE
LANDFALL
THE LAST MATINEE
THE LAST OUT
The Last Queen on Earth
The Letter Room
LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD
LISTEN
The Little Tea Shop
Lizard
LORELEI
Lost Gesture
Lost Kings
MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY
Make Him Known
Making Samantha
The Man Who Never Saw the Rain
The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady
Masel Tov Cocktail
MASHA
MEAT THE FUTURE
Meats
MEDICINE MAN: THE STAN BROCK STORY
El Método
Migrants
MIRACLE FISHING: KIDNAPPED ABROAD
Misfits
Mishou
MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY
A Mistake with the Chairs
MOGUL MOWGLI
Moody Suzy
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD
Mrs. Taylor's Show and Tell - A Prince Story
MY HEART CAN'T BEAT UNLESS YOU TELL IT TO
My Life in Versailles
Naomi Replansky at 100
THE NIGHT OF THE BEAST
NO ORDINARY MAN
NOT GOING QUIETLY
o28
OEIL POUR OEIL
On the Ride
One Small Step
ONE-WAY TO MOSCOW
OPEN HEARTS
Out of Breath
P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE
Pangu
Panic in Valley City
Pardesan
The Parrot Lady
A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY
Pharmacopeia
A Piece of Cake
Pieces of Me
THE PINK CLOUD
THE PLACE THAT MAKES US
Please, Have a Seat!
Post Sentence
PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME
The Price of Cheap Rent
Queenie
A Raging Silence
Raspberry
REBEL HEARTS
Red Horizon
Reflection
THE RETURN: LIFE AFTER ISIS
The Ring Light
RIVAL
The Roads Most Traveled
Rock a Bye Baby
SANREMO
The Saverini Widow
Say HIs Name: Five Days for George Floyd
Sea Dragon
Seahorse
Second round
Secret Base
The Seeker
SELF PORTRAIT
A SEXPLANATION
Shagomatic 500
SHORTS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS PROGRAM
SHORTS JURY AWARDS PROGRAM
SHOT DOWN: Howard Snyder and the B-17 Susan Ruth
Silvertop
The Simple Path
SISTERS: THE SUMMER WE FOUND OUR SUPERPOWERS
Slayed by Divya
Sloan Hearts Neckface
Snowy
SO LATE SO SOON
A SONG CALLED HATE
SOUND OF VIOLENCE
Sous la Glace
SPACEBOY
Still Home
Strike Team Justice
Stuck Here Still
Submit it to Festivals
SUN CHILDREN
Super Ma
Superhero
SUPERIOR
SWAN SONG
SWEET RIVER
SWIPE
THE TAILOR
Tales from the Multiverse
Talk Radio
Tangled Roots
Team Meryland
THERE IS NO EVIL
THOU SHALT NOT HATE
THROUGH THE NIGHT
Thumb Runner - Episode 1
Tiger Eyes
'Til Death
To Gerard
The Tomten and the Fox
TOPOWA! - NEVER GIVE UP
TOVE
THE TRANSLATOR
Tsunami Falls
TukTuk
Tulip
Turning Blue
Two Sands
UNAPOLOGETIC
UNDER THE OPEN SKY
UNDERGODS
Unicorns
Unmothered
Victoria
VOODOO MACBETH
Wade
Waffle
The Wash (In Love)
The Water Walker
We Are Free Because of Harriet Tubman
We Can't Breathe
We Still Make Things
Welcome Strangers
WHEN I'M DONE DYING
When I'm Her
White Eye
Who Fights For You?
WILDFIRE
Windup
WISHLIST
Witchin'
A Woman
WOMEN IS LOSERS
Women of Steel
WRITING WITH FIRE
Yellow Brick Road: The José Rodríguez Story
YES I AM - THE RIC WEILAND STORY
You and the Thing That You Love
Your Monster
YOUTH V GOV
Zog and the Flying Doctors
Zorg II

Schedule:

7:00pm: CIFF's Film Trivia Night presented by Pierre's Ice Cream

Calling all film fanatics and gameshow geeks!

Join us for CIFF's Film Trivia Night presented by Pierre's Ice Cream!

Grab your film fanatic friends or come and make some new ones at CIFF's Film Trivia Night! Flex your cranial muscles with 5 grueling rounds of film trivia. Only one team can win it all...passes to CIFF46!

7:00pm: Best Summer Ever (WITH AUDIO DESCRIPTION)

Year: 2020
Country: UNITED STATES
Run Time: 80 minutes

Access: United States and US Territories

Directors: Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli
Producers: Andrew Pilkington, Terra Mackintosh, Leah Romond, Jake Sharpless, Katie White
Screenwriting: Will Halby, Michael Parks Randa, Lauren Smitelli, Terra Mackintosh
Cinematography: Chris Westlund
Editing: Frank Snider, Sam Adelman, Michael Parks Randa
Principal Cast: Shannon DeVido, Rickey Wilson Jr, Jacob Waltuck, Madeline Rhodes, Holly Palmer, AJ Murray, Emily Kranking, Eileen Grubba, Christine Bruno, Lawrence Carter-Long

This is the Listing for the Version of Best Summer Ever that Contains Audio Descripton - For the Visually Impaired. To Purchase a ticket to the Version without Audio Description, Please Visit the Best Summer Ever Page.

After falling in love at a dance camp over the summer, Sage and Anthony don’t know when they’ll see eachother again…but it might be sooner than they think. With a magical twist of fate, Sage finds herself enrolled as a new student at Anthony’s highschool. Which is great! Except for the fact that everyone at school thought Anthony was at a football camp all summer. As the star player on the Eagles football team, Anthony has kept his love of dance a secret from everyone. But there’s no time like the present to embrace your authenticity, and Sage will inspire Anthony to do just that. A joyful and heartwarming musical filled with original songs, BEST SUMMER EVER will have you dancing in your seat. Fresh and inclusive, this film is made up of a versatile, fully integrated, cast and crew of people with and without disabilities. — G.S.

11:00pm: Shorts Audience Choice Awards Program

Three jurors select winners of the Best Animated, Best Documentary, and Best Live Action categories. Winners of these awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards. The Programmers' Choice Award is determined by the CIFF Short Films Programming Team.

The winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and be announced during our virtual Closing Awards Ceremony. We hope you will join us on the CIFF YouTube page on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 PM ET!

Access: United States and US Territories

Shorts Programs are Presented By: Char and Chuck Fowler

These shorts awards each come with a $1,000 cash prize and are determined by audience vote, so make sure to vote using the star rating system on the CIFF virtual cinema platform. Winners will be announced during our virtual Closing Awards Ceremony. We hope you will join us on the CIFF YouTube page on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 PM ET!

The Shorts Audience Choice Awards Program will be available to view on the CIFF virtual cinema platform from 11:00 PM ET on Saturday, April 17th through the end of the festival at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, April 20th.

Audience Choice Award for Best Short
Sponsored by Char and Chuck Fowler

Best After Hours Short
Sponsored by Friends of Patrick McFadden

Best Black Cinema Short
Sponsored by Hingetown

Browns Backers Best Comedy Short
Endowed by David K. Ream

Best Family Short
Sponsored by University School

Best LGBTQ+ Short: Given in Celebration of the Life of Nikki Babbit
Sponsored by Jan and Harold Babbit

Best Latinx Short
Sponsored by La Familia Watilo Blake

Best Ohio Short
Sponsored by Bill and Teri Koeth

Best Student Short
Sponsored by MP Star Financial

Best Women's Short
Sponsored by Jinny and John Johnson

FilmSlam Student Choice Award for Best Short
Sponsored by OverDrive

The Clover and Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life
Sponsored by Barbara Hawley and David Goodman

The Ophelia Award: In Celebration of the Life of Dakota Ophelia Berg
Sponsored by Jim Brumbaugh and Carolyn Berg

The Sammy and Jules Award for the Short Film with the Biggest Heart and Strongest Spirit
Sponsored by Marcie Goodman

The Spalding and Jackson Award: In Celebration of Joy
Sponsored by Marcie Goodman and John C. Williams

The Tom and Ginny Knoll Family Award: In Celebration of Acts of Kindness
Sponsored by Tom and Ginny Knoll and The Knoll Family Fund Promoting Civility and Acts of Kindness of Akron Community Foundation

11:00pm: Shorts Jury Awards Program

Access: United States and US Territories

Three jurors select winners of the Best Animated, Best Documentary, and Best Live Action categories. Winners of these awards will qualify for consideration in the Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards. The Programmers' Choice Award is determined by the CIFF Short Films Programming Team.

The winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and be announced during our virtual Closing Awards Ceremony. We hope you will join us on the CIFF YouTube page on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 PM ET!

Shorts Programs are Presented By: Char and Chuck Fowler

Jurors:

Rebecca Blumhagen – Rebecca Blumhagen is a filmmaker and actor originally from Van Meter, Iowa. Her short documentary "The Happiness Machine" screened at 27 festivals across the world since premiering at Cinequest Film and VR Festival in Spring 2018, including DOCNYC, America's largest documentary festival. It has won 13 awards, including five Best Documentary Short Jury awards, Audience awards at four festivals (including Heartland Film Festival's Indy Shorts), and the distinction of being runner-up in the Oscar-Qualifying Short Documentary Jury award at the Cleveland International Film Festival. It had its broadcast premiere on Iowa Public Television on March 7, 2019 and has been nationally distributed through PBS since October 2019. She currently works as a freelance filmmaker, actor, and producer, most recently with originals at Apartment Therapy Media and on a nationwide project celebrating PBS' 50th anniversary called PBS American Portrait.

Mridu Chandra – Mridu Chandra is a New York-based filmmaker and veteran producer of award-winning documentaries and narrative films that have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, and Hot Docs, aired on PBS, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix, screened for members of U.S. Congress and the United Nations, and showcased at museums and film festivals worldwide. Credits include "Ask the Sexpert," "Cured," "Brother Outsider," "Out in the Night," "Electoral Dysfunction," "Whose Streets?," and the five-part PBS series "Women, War, and Peace." Most recently, she served as the founding director (2016-2019) of IF/Then Shorts at Tribeca Film Institute, where she designed, launched, and managed a new film fund and distribution initiative to support the professional development and increased visibility of filmmakers working regionally across the U.S. and around the world.

James Choi – James Choi is a prolific, award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of film industry experience in Los Angeles having worked in representation production and digital media. As an independent producer, James has produced two feature films from first-time directors that have premiered at SXSW and won awards. "Made in China" won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Female Director Award and was distributed by IFC Films, and "Saint Frances" won the Breakthrough Voice and Audience Award and was distributed by Oscilloscope. "Saint Frances" was also nominated for two Gotham Awards and is up for the Cassavetes Award at the 2021 Spirit Awards. James is consistently selected as one of Newcity's Film 50—the leaders of Chicago's film culture. Having been in the forefront of the micro independent film movement in the last decade, James has produced and directed numerous films that have screened widely around the world, winning awards and receiving distribution. James is based out of Chicago and teaches film at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts.

The Shorts Jury Awards Program will be available to view on the CIFF virtual cinema platform from 11:00 PM ET on Saturday, April 17th through the end of the festival at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, April 20th.

Best Animated Short
Sponsored by MP Star Financial
This award winner will qualify for consideration in the Shorts Films Animation category of the annual Academy Awards.

Best Documentary Short
Sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin
This award winner will qualify for consideration in the Shorts Films Documentary category of the annual Academy Awards.

Best Live Action Short
Sponsored by Anne E. Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson and Judy Harris
This award winner will qualify for consideration in the Shorts Films Live-Action category of the annual Academy Awards.

Programmers' Choice Award: In Celebration of the Life of Toni Oliverio
Sponsored by The Sloop Family
In memory of long-time CIFF shorts programmer, Toni Oliverio

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