Film Festival 2014

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Cleveland International Film Festival 2014

Cleveland, Ohio
Wednesday, March 19 -
Sunday, March 30, 2014

2013 Audience Choice Award for Best Film: Good Ol' Freda, directed by Ryan White

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Cleveland International Film Festival

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is an annual film festival based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is the largest film festival in Ohio. It was first held in 1977, showing eight films over a period of eight weeks at the Cedar Lee Theatre. It has since grown and in 2013 consisted of more than 178 feature films and 164 short films from 65 countries. The festival started in 1977 at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights. In 1991, the festival relocated to Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. Additional programming and events have also been held at other local venues, including the Capitol Theatre on Cleveland's west side, Shaker Cinemas on Shaker Square, and the Cedar Lee Theatre. In 2013, the festival extended to Akron and Oberlin, screening films at the Akron Art Museum, the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin. With this expansion has come an increase in attendance: In 2012, the festival hosted 85,018 attendees.

The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way – about other cultures, about the topic at hand, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.

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2013 Cleveland International Film Festival Winners

Audience Choice Award for Best
Film Good Ol' Freda, USA, United Kingdom, Directed By Ryan White

George Gund III Memorial Central And Eastern European Film Competition
When Day Breaks, Serbia, Croatia, France, Directed By Goran Paskaljevic

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Film Competition
Shepard & Dark, USA, Directed By Treva Wurmfeld

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up "For" Competition
Honor Flight, USA, Directed By Dan Hayes

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up "To" Competition
In The Shadow Of The Sun, United Kingdom, Usa, Tanzania, Directed By Harry Freeland

American Independents Competition
Mariachi Gringo, Mexico, USA, Directed By Tom Gustafson

Local Heroes Competition
Underdogs, USA, Directed By Doug Dearth

Reelwomendirect Award For Excellence In Directing By A Woman
Freida Mock For G-dog, USA

Best Animated Short Film Award
Bear Me, Germany, Directed By Katarzyna Wilk

Best Documentary Short Film Award
Mr. Christmas, USA, Directed By Nick Palmer

Best International Short Film Award
Would You Be Kind To Leave, Sir, France, Directed By Valérie Théodore

Best LGBT Short Film
Histoire Belge, France, Directed By Myriam Donasis

Best Student Short Film Award
Life Doesn't Frighten Me, Canada, Directed By Stephen Dunn

Best Women's Short Film Award
Saturday Girls, France, Directed By Emilie Cherpitel

Best Live Action Short Film Award
Kolona, Kosovo, Directed By Ujkan Hysaj

The Rice Hershey And Bill Markstrom Memorial Award For Originality
Josephine And The Roach, USA, Directed By Jonathan Langager

The Clover And Maggie Award
Peter At The End, USA, Directed By Russ Lamoureux

Best Ohio Short Film Award
Past Their Prime, USA, Directed By Becca Friedman

The Spalding And Jackson Award
Indoor, United Kingdom, Directed By Simon Atkinson, Adam Townley

Cleveland State University Audience Choice Award For Best Short Film
Room On The Broom, United Kingdom, Directed By Max Lang, Jan Lachauer