Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021


Updated: 03.11.2020 1:30 PM

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44’s amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City’s obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.” - CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman

Updated: 03.10.2020 4:15 PM

Based on today’s press conference with Ohio Governor DeWine, we are evaluating how best to move forward.

As more information becomes available, we will continue to keep our Film Festival Family informed.

Please check back daily for updates.

Updated: 03.06.2020

Dear Film Festival Friends,

As we put final details in place for the 44thCleveland International Film Festival, we want to make you aware of the additional procedures that will be implemented in light of the latest information available regarding COVID-19.

The CIFF staff and Board of Directors are continually monitoring the developments, as well as the most up-to-date procedures and practices put forth by local, national, and international authorities. With that information top of mind – and with an abundance of caution – we are confidently moving forward with CIFF44, which will take place March 25 – April 5, 2020.

Safety is always a top priority at CIFF, and we remain committed to making the Festival a space of safety and well-being for our attendees, guests, volunteers, and staff. Our partners at Bedrock have enhanced environmental cleaning practices, and are working to install hand sanitizer stations throughout the complex.

We are following the communications from the Ohio Department of Health, along with additional organizations and individuals in the field, to ensure we are following the recommended guidelines. 

Per the advice of health experts, we encourage everyone to take part in the day-in and day-out practicalities of staying healthy, including regular hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are ill. We will take additional measures to increase health-related messaging throughout the Festival.

For more resources and information on the local implications of COVID-19 and preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, we recommend visiting the Ohio Department of Health website and the World Health Organization website.  As new information becomes available, we will certainly be in touch. 

We are here and listening. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email us at  

We look forward to celebrating independent film at CIFF44, and we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for being part of this special community in northeast Ohio. 

Many thanks,

Your Cleveland International Film Festival

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