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Cleveland International Film Festival returns March 27–April 7

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is thrilled to announce that this year there will be more to the Festival than ever before.  In addition to its 500+ screenings at their longtime downtown home base, Tower City Cinemas, CIFF is making exciting changes to the scope of its footprint with the creation of two new Festival hubs – CIFF East and CIFF West.  The new locations will expand the CIFF's presence in the city and showcase two of Cleveland’s thriving arts districts: University Circle on the east side and Gordon Square Arts District in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on the west side.

CIFF West will debut the first weekend of CIFF43 on the evening of Thursday, March 28, followed by two full days of programming Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30.  Screenings will take place at the beautifully renovated Near West Theatre and the historic Capitol Theatre.

CIFF East will offer programming the second weekend of the Festival, kicking off on the evening of Thursday, April 4, followed by two full days of programming Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6.  Screenings will take place at the internationally renowned Cleveland Museum of Art and at the beloved Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman noted, “We are proud and excited to establish residencies in two premier arts districts within the City of Cleveland.  Complementing our presence in Downtown Cleveland with these additional locations will result in a very robust CIFF43.”

The 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival will be held March 27 – April 7, 2019.  More than 500 screenings will take place during the 12 days of the Festival, with over 300 guest filmmakers from around the world who will be visiting the city for the Festival.  CIFF43 program details will be available at on Friday, March 1, with program guides hitting the streets the week of March 4.

Tickets will go on sale to CIFF Members on Friday, March 8 and to the general public on Friday, March 15.  For more information, please visit

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.