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The Cleveland International Film's CIFF46 is open for submission for 2022

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle
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CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland International Film is accepting submission for CIFF46. The festival will be held on March 30 – April 10, 2022. Films of any runtime, genre, and from any country are eligible for consideration but must be with a completed production date after June 1, 2020.

The CIFF46 will take place in Playhouse Square, the largest performing arts center outside New York. The festival will be an in-person event, but still following Playhouse Square’s health and safety protocols. There will also be an online component and will be informed at a later date. The details of the festivals are subject to change, based on the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic

CIFF will include hundreds of films, post-film conversations and Q&As with filmmakers, balloting and awards with cash prizes for a feature and short films. CIFF is one of the festivals that is Academy Award® qualifying for all three categories of short films—live-action, animated and documentary.

“The Cleveland International Film Festival is excited to reinvent itself once again as we plan our first hybrid Festival—in person and online. CIFF continues to evolve because of the hearts and hands of our community, which unflinchingly hold us up,” Said Marcie Goodman, CIFF Executive Director.

On April 7 – 20, 2021, CIFF45 Stream took place and presented 118 feature films and 182 short films from 63 countries to a national online audience of 102,432 viewers with a total award of $114,500.

The residents of Cuyahoga County supported the Cleveland International Film Festival through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and made possible by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC).

For full information on CIFF46’s call-for-entries process, please visit

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