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Call for Entries | 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival

Award: Inclusion in International Film Festival

Deadline: 12/15/2017

Guidelines link: Click here for guidelines

Disciplines: Media

Location: Local (Cleveland Area)

Calling all filmmakers! The 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival will be held April 04 - April 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Founded in 1977, the Cleveland Film Society has presented the Cleveland International Film Festival every spring for the past four decades. In April 2017, Ohio's premiere film event featured over 418 films originating from over 71 countries and an attendance of over 106,504 – making CIFF one of the largest and longest running regional film festivals in the US.

The CIFF is one of the few Academy Award qualifying festivals in the nation and was also recently recognized as one of 50 leading film festivals in the world by IndieWIRE, as well as the USA Today runner-up for Best Film Festival in the country. Visiting filmmakers, panel discussions, and student screenings are all CIFF highlights.

With our 42nd CIFF Call for Entries officially open, films made after June 1, 2016 are now being accepted for consideration. We encourage entrants to submit their films through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. As an alternative, we also offer entrants the option to submit directly on the CIFF site through our Online Entry Form.

All entries must be submitted completely by December 15, 2017, our extended deadline. Early submission discounts apply until November 30th, 2017 – please see our fee schedule on FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, or our Online Entry Form.

CIFF is once again accepting WEB SERIES and NEW MEDIA content free of charge! If your submission meets the criteria for either of these categories (please see descriptions provided in our Call for Entries FAQ), you MUST email us directly at prior to submitting, with a description and example(s) of your content.

Please visit our Call for Entries FAQ page to learn all you need to know about submitting your film to the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival. For further questions, please email our Special Projects Director Beth Steele Radisek at

Please see the GUIDELINES LINK above for full details and entry information.