The 36th Annual International Film Festival is happening now at a CLE theater near you. Catch a film at various locations throughout the city through April 1.
Find films, download the official app, plan your visit and purchase tickets all right here + earn $2 off your tickets with promo code POSCLE. Order online at www.clevelandfilm.org, by phone at 877.304.FILM (3456) or in person at the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas.
Free parking when available is offered to all Cleveland International Film Fest patrons in the Tower City Center Self-Parking Garage and Tower City Amphitheater Parking at Riverview (off Canal Road). Patrons must have their parking ticket validated in the Tower City Cinemas lobby. For additional parking options, visit www.towercitycenter.com.
– Corinne Allie
This week marked the first days of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival. Today, the films are rolling and there’s excitement (along with the smell of popping popcorn) in the air at Tower City Cinemas. Whether you’re new to the festival or a seasoned pro, here are some helpful tips for navigating the theater, one film at a time.
Arrive to the theater early. Vouchers don’t necessarily mean you’ll get a seat. And, who doesn’t love center-row, half-way up?
Grab a program and make a movie plan. Choose the films you absolutely must-see and arrange them meticulously so you don’t miss any.
Don’t leave downtown hungry. There are plenty of great places to fill up before, after and in-between movies. Click here for nearby restaurants.
Use code “TWEET” for $2 off your seat here.
Click here for 35th CIFF film related events taking place all week long.
Take advantage of FREE PARKING when available in the Tower City Center Self-Parking Garage and Tower City Amphitheater Parking at River (off Canal Road). Get your ticket validated at Tower City Cinemas.
And finally, become part of the story at the 35th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival March 24 thru April 3 at Tower City Cinemas at 230 West Huron Road in the heart of downtown Cleveland.
– Submitted by C.A.
Now entering its 35th year, the Cleveland International Film Festival is one of the country’s biggest film festivals. Slated to take place March 24-April 3 at Tower City Cinemas, last year’s 11-day event attracted a record crowd of 71,000 to downtown’s Tower City Cinemas. The 2011 festival could be even bigger since attendance at the indie film event has increased 104% since 2003. And the festival recently benefited from the fact that the winners of two of its shorts programs are sent to the Oscar Nominating Committee where they get consideration for Academy Award nods; as a result the number of quality short films submitted to the festival has grown exponentially.
It’s rather surprising that a city of Cleveland’s size can support a festival like the Cleveland International Film Festival, which last year showed over 300 films from numerous different countries. “We hear from our guest filmmakers all the time that they have never encountered a community as supportive of independent cinema,” says CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman. “It’s really amazing.”
In fact, Cleveland has a number of quality offerings catering to the art house crowd year-round. The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque was just named one of the top repertory theaters in the country by New York Times. The Cleveland Museum of Art shows offbeat films booked by Cinematheque director John Ewing and has recently refurbished its Gartner Auditorium, the location for the screenings of some of the more popular films. The Cleveland Cinemas-run Cedar Lee and Capitol theatres not only show first-run indie flicks, but also have a Late Shift Film Series that features cult classics on a regular basis. And the Capitol has partnered with Detroit Shoreway restaurants to offer a movie/brunch event on select Sundays.
So film buffs, grab some popcorn and settle in. Cleveland is ready to entertain and inspire. – Submitted by Jeff Niesel, guest blogger
Cleveland Plus is home to some pretty artsy community festivals. SparxCity Hop, Cleveland International Film Festival, Cain Park Arts Festival, Ingenuity and Parade the Circle are among them. But an edgy new addition is entering the scene this year . . . the Weapons of Mass Creation arts, film and music fest is slated to debut May 22 + 23 at Parish Hall in the Gordon Square Arts District. The brainchild of Jeff Finley, co-owner of Go Media, the two-day event features a pretty impressive array of designers, illustrators, entrepreneurs, musicians and filmmakers showcasing their talents and participating in roundtable discussions and workshops. Excited to see a new event on the artistic horizon, we gave Finley a call to explore his vision for Weapons of Mass Creation. Here’s a little of what he had to say:
SF: What got you started on this idea?
JF: I’d been going to events like Gainesville’s The Fest and Berea Fest and thinking they were inspiring. I even did a poster for the DIT Fest in Kent. I liked the bands at these festivals, but even more I liked initiative people were taking to organize these events. It was really positive. I decided I wanted to have a little artistic control and curate my own event. I just felt compelled . . . like someone needs to do this so it’s gonna be me. And I was pretty passionate about having arts and film incorporated in to whatever I was creating.
SF: How would you sum up this festival?
The 34th Cleveland International Film Fest is quickly approaching (March 18-28 at Tower City Cinemas), so make sure you’re ready. Tickets go on sale to CIFF Members February 26 at 11am and to the general public on March 5 at 11am.Here are some tips to help you make the most of one of Cleveland’s most popular events of the year:
1) Buy your tickets in advance. Movies that have a buzz fill up fast and standby is not a guarantee.
2) Pick up the daily guides. They keep you in the loop about schedule changes, director sightings and more.
3) Use your discounts. CIFF ticket buyers and passholders are entitled to discounts at restaurants, pubs, stores and theaters in Cleveland. You’re going to need to get out of the dark eventually, why not save 15% or get a free appetizer while you’re at it?
4) If you get popcorn, go big. While it’s $10.50 for a large pop (yep, we say pop in Cleveland . . . get over it) and a popcorn, it’s refillable. If you’re in it for the long haul, chances are, you’ll go through a couple of buckets in a day.
5) Download the CIFF iPhone app on February 15 for easy access to 2010 film details, images, trailers and up-to-the-minute screening information in real-time along with theater contact information and maps.
Some other film festival resources you may find helpful:
- To read more about what to expect click here and read about a Cleveland moviegoer’s experience at last year’s festival.
- Continue checking the Cleveland Film Society’s website and follow @CIFF on Twitter for daily updates.
- If you’re traveling to Cleveland for the film fest visit www.positivelycleveland.com for all your planning needs and information about other things going on in Cleveland Plus that week.
- Have questions about accommodations, dining or entertainment in Cleveland? Contact the Cleveland Plus Visitors Center at 216.875.6680 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get them answered.
–Submitted by CA
It’s Sunday . . . my one opportunity all week to snooze. But, I was up with the birds this week because I needed to get to Tower City a little before 9am for the first showing of films in the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). It was my only chance to see It’s Not Me, I Swear!, a Canadian picture about a chronically unhappy young boy in 1968 who lies to pretty much everyone about pretty much everything even before his mother abandons the family for the life of an artist in Greece. It was worth the effort of dragging myself out of bed.
Today I saw three films total–all foreign. In addition to the aforementioned comedy/drama of childhood angst (which is actually C’est pas moi, je le jure!), I went to Dunya & Desie (two very different 18 year-old friends battle help each other through life-changing decisions involving motherhood and arranged marriage) and Tokyo! (three very different stories set in Tokyo and directed by three different directors including a personal fav of mine, Michel Gondry).
After the documentaries. After the dramas. After the animated shorts and the experimental puzzlers. What’s a movie buff at the 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival (March 19-29, 2009) to do?
Good and plenty, with many options under one roof.
Every spring, the festival takes over Tower City Center, a downtown mall filled with shopping and restaurants. Those who tire of popcorn and Milk Duds can find everything from burgers and beer at Hard Rock Cafe, to regional organic cuisine at Muse, and steaks at Morton’s or Hyde Park.