The 39th annual Cleveland International Film Festival is underway. Movie fans have nearly 400 films to choose from during the festival, which runs through March 29.
"We love movies and we love coming out to see some independent films, so that's why we're here," said Shara Bohach, who came downtown
from Broadview Heights.
There was a sense of excitement at the opening night gala at the Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland. Cameras were everywhere and crowds pouring in for the shows.
Attendance over the years has skyrocketed since the festival moved downtown. Nearly 100,000 movie fans attended in 2014.
"Everything's under one roof here. We've got parking. We've got commuter rails for RTA. You've got hotels. You've got restaurants. You're right by East 4th and the Warehouse District," said Patrick Shepherd, associate director of the CIFF.
Bob Bohach was among the fans getting ready to see "I'll See You in My Dreams," the festival's first movie.
"It's a pretty good cause and it seems to bring a lot of revenue into the city, so it's a good thing," he said.
One major draw is a chance to see movies that you won't see in a regular theater. There will be 193 feature films and 234 short films, representing 60 countries during the festival.
"I think if someone never traveled the world they should come see some of these movies and get an idea of how people live in other parts of the world," said Char Portman who traveled in from Beachwood.
for more information on show times and tickets to the CIFF.