It's time to pack your film fest bag! The Cleveland International Film Festival takes up residence in Tower City Cinemas from March 29 through April 9. Now in its 41st year, the CIFF brings a wide-range of contemporary international, documentary and American Independent films to thousands of movie fans in Northeast Ohio. For 12 days, filmgoers throughout the region have the opportunity to view 200 feature films and 215 short subjects representing 60 countries. Read on for information on a WKSU ticket discount.
To make it easier to navigate the expansive list of movies, CIFF films are organized into topic "sidebars," including Local Heroes (films made about and set in Northeast Ohio), 10% Cinema (LGBT-themed films), Jewish and Israeli Vision, It's Easy Being Green (films dealing with environmental issues), Family Films, Music! Movies! and others. Filmmakers and other guests engage the audience in discussions following many screenings, and a mini-festival called FilmSlam is held for high school students.
CIFF films also compete in categories ranging from American Independents, Reel Women Direct and the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up competition to Music Movies, Local Heroes and, introduced in 2015, the New Directions Competition. All attendees are encouraged to rate the films, with the top prize winner earning the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award.
Regular ticket prices are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. By using the code "WKSU," station members can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at www.clevelandfilm.org, through the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456). Please note that there is a $3 charge to park in the Tower City lot.