Cleveland International Fim Festival calls for entries (CIFF)


The Cleveland International Film is now accepting submissions for CIFF47. Films of any runtime, of any genre, and from any country — with a completed production date after June 1, 2021 — are eligible for consideration.For full information on CIFF47’s Call For Entries process, please visit

CIFF47 will take place March 22 – April 1, 2023 at the Festival’s permanent home in Playhouse Square — the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City. The Festival will screen films in five of the historic and stunning theatres at Playhouse Square, with a handful of other spaces being used for CIFF talkbacks, community events, and patron and filmmaker gathering places. Information surrounding a possible online component for the 2023 Festival will be announced at a later date.

CIFF47 will consist of hundreds of films, post-film Q&As, and audience and juried awards with more than $130,000 in cash prizes for feature and short films. CIFF is proud to be one of the few festivals in the world that is Academy Award® qualifying for all three categories of short films—live action, animated, and documentary. In addition, CIFF recently became an Emmy award-winning Festival for its CIFF45 Trailer, Bring Film Home, was ranked as one of the top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway, and was once again named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.

Earlier this year, CIFF46 and CIFF46 Streams — which took place consecutively March 30 – April 9th at Playhouse Square and April 10 – April 17th on the Festival’s streaming platform — presented 146 feature films and 182 short films from 73 countries. Filmmaker cash prizes for the Festival’s esteemed 34 competitions and other awards totaled $131,500.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Also, the Cleveland International Film Festival is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

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