41st Cleveland International Film Festival


Mar 29 - Apr 9, 2017

230 West Huron Road
Cleveland, OH 44113 Map

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The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival
WHEN: March 29 – April 9, 2017
WHERE: Tower City Cinemas located in Tower City Center in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, as well as select neighborhood screening locations.

For the past 40 years, the CIFF has been the premier film event in Ohio. Today the CIFF presents approximately 190 feature films and over 200 short films from at least 60 countries.

Over 300 filmmakers and other special guests attend the Film Festival during its 12-day run. More than 8,400 students participate in FilmSlam, the Festival’s media literacy program and mini-festival for middle, junior high, and high school students.

The 41st CIFF will launch with an Opening Night Film and Gala to an anticipated crowd of 1,500 people on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th. Following Opening Night, more than 500 film screenings will be exhibited in ten theaters at Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight (and even later on weekends) for the next eleven days. Screenings will also take place at select neighborhood screening locations throughout the area. The Closing Night awards program will likely draw 2,000 people on the evening of Sunday, April 9th.

On Wednesday, March 29th the CIFF41 will open with CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER. Directed by Doug Nichol, the film features a cast of artists, writers, and collectors who remain loyal to the typewriter as their preferred tool, and oftentimes their muse. The film also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last standing repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines in working order. Featuring Tom Hanks, John Mayer, David McCullough, and Sam Shepard, among others, this film will leave you looking at your own relationship with technology.

Tickets to the Opening Night Gala are $200 per person ($175 for CIFF members). The evening includes the 7:00 p.m. screening of the film at Tower City Cinemas, followed by a reception at Post Office Plaza in Tower City Center. Scheduled special guests include director Doug Nichol and featured subjects Ken Alexander, Martin Howard, Jeremy Mayer, and Richard Polt.

On Sunday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m. the Festival will close with THE HERO. Directed by CIFF39 alum Brett Haley (I’ll See You in My Dreams), the film is moving, sharply observed character study starring the great Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a Western film icon whose best performances are behind him. Faced with a cancer diagnosis, Lee’s priorities are refocused, causing him to assess the life he has led. With a star-studded cast including Nick Offerman, Laura Prepon, and Krysten Ritter, THE HERO addresses the question most people face at one time or another in their lifetime: what kind of legacy will I leave?

Closing Night is sponsored by University Hospitals. All those in attendance at any of the films showing at Tower City Cinemas on Closing Night are invited to a dessert reception and awards presentation program on the Tower City Center Grand Staircase after the screenings. Tickets to any Closing Night film are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members.

Program Guides will be available the week of March 6th at all Dollar Bank branches, and other locations. Tickets go on sale to members only on Friday, March 10th — one week before they go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 17th. Because advance tickets for many screenings sell quickly, patrons are advised to purchase tickets as early as possible.

For more information and tickets visit or call 216.623.FILM (3456)

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