Cleveland International Film Festival 46

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Event Details

The 46th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will take place as a hybrid festival March 30-April 9, 2022 in person at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, OH and online as CIFF46 Streams from April 10-17, 2022. CIFF46 Call for Entries opens June 7, 2021 to feature and short films with a completed production date after June 1, 2020.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THEATRICAL SCREENINGS AT CIFF46 WILL BE IN DCP (FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS).* Thus, all invited films will be required to send a DCP file for exhibition.

Following two years of presenting successful online Festivals, CIFF is excited to return as an in-person event in the largest performing arts district in the U.S., outside of New York City. CIFF will continue to follow guidance and protocols based on science and community circumstances, in relation to the coronavirus. All Festival details (including dates, format, and venues) are subject to change.

CIFF45 Streams (April 2021) presented 299 feature and short films from 63 countries to a national online audience of approximately 102,500 viewers. Through 34 various competitions, CIFF45 Streams included $114,500 in cash awards to filmmakers.

CIFF46 will consist of hundreds of films, post-film conversations and Q&As with filmmakers, balloting, and awards. CIFF Speaks (the organization’s podcast series) will be returning with episodes surrounding and during the Festival.

CIFF is committed to offering screening fees or travel assistance for all feature and short films accepted into the Festival. In a time of many changes, we are happy to report that CIFF continues to be one of the few Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the world for all three categories of shorts films—live action, animated, and documentary. CIFF accepts films of any runtime, any genre, and from every country.

As always, CIFF will provide written feedback from our Screening Team—a diverse volunteer committee comprised of 150 film enthusiasts assembled from our audience base, ranging from industry professionals to local film students. CIFF is also happy to once again offer submission waivers to any CIFF alum whose current film meets the CIFF46 requirements.

No matter what the future holds, the Cleveland International Film Festival remains dedicated to supporting the work of filmmakers everywhere and uniting our community through the power of film.

For all questions related to submissions, please see our Terms and Conditions or email our Special Programs Director, Beth Steele Radisek, at

We thank you for sharing your films with us!


March 30 (Wednesday) - April 9 (Saturday)


Cleveland International Film Festival

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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Playhouse Square1501 Euclid Ave #200Northeast Ohio's Performing Arts Center