The Cleveland International Film Festival was first held in 1977 and since then it continues to grow every year with more and more special features and increased attendance. The mission of the Cleveland Film Fest is to present the best films from all around the world and make sure that the audience learn something from it.
The film festival aims to help the world understand the power of film arts to learn and educate. When the Film Festival started, eight films were shown at the Cedar Lee Theatre. It was moved to Tower City Cinemas in 1986, where it still remains. The festival brings in visitors from all around the world to Cleveland as well as directors and film producers. Every year, the festival has an incredible line-up of movie for audiences and showcases independent films from local, regional and international filmmakers.
This year the festival was held from March 24, 2011 to April 3, 2011 and over 150 feature films and 130 short subjects and animated films from around 60 countries were shown at the event. Cleveland's film festival also involves public to vote for their favorite film and the winner is chosen at the end of the event. In addition to film screenings, the event also hosts a gala opening night, panel discussions and local filmmakers conference. There was also a mini-festival for high school students. The CIFF offers many awards which include Best Animated Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film, Best International Short Film and many more.
At the same time as the Cleveland International Film Festival, there is a Tower City Arts Festival that is held at the Tower City Center. The festival features jewelry, art and food from local artists and vendors giving movie goers a perfect break from films to shop for unique art gift items to take home.