Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland, Ohio / March 25-April 5, 2020 / clevelandfilm.org
This festival continues to thrive, with more than 3,600 submissions for the latest iteration. Among last year’s 469 films were five world premieres, including Nick Kelly’s The Drummer and the Keeper, and Sam Rega’s documentary Breaking the Bee. Despite the high number of submissions, all filmmakers have access to notes for their films, which are each watched by three members of selection committees. Distributors in attendance recently included Film Movement and Gravitas Ventures. Winners are well-rewarded at the festival, with the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film, determined by audience voting, taking home $15,000. Film forums and Q&As connect filmmakers to the audience, and copious social events encourage professional mingling.