Cleveland International Film Festival to move permanently to Playhouse Square beginning in 2021

Cleveland International Film Festival to move permanently to Playhouse Square beginning in 2021
The 4,200 crystal, 20-foot tall grand chandelier hangs from a 44-foot high steel structure in Cleveland's Playhouse Square. (Source: Michael Dakota)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - After the 2020 annual event, the Cleveland International Film Festival will have a new home venue.

For 30 years, the CIFF has been based out of Tower City in downtown Cleveland’s Public Square.

The film festival will permanently be based in Playhouse Square, beginning in 2021.

“Marcie Goodman and her team have built a juggernaut of a festival that is a real point of pride for Northeast Ohio and recognized as one of the best internationally. They bring the world to Cleveland, through the films they program and through the audiences and filmmakers who travel from around the globe to be a part of it,” said Playhouse Square President and CEO Gina Vernaci. “We heartily welcome CIFF to our family of resident companies.”

Films will be screened at Playhouse Square’s iconic theatres, including the Allen Theatre, KeyBank State Theatre, Mimi Ohio Theatre, and Connor Palace.

“The Cleveland International Film Festival has been a pivotal part of the city’s cultural fabric for an incredible 44 years, and it has been our honor at Bedrock to host the event during part of its 30-year tenure at The Avenue Shops at Tower City Center,” said Ken Till, Bedrock Vice President, Development. “We wish the Festival and its leaders the very best in their new location."

The 44th annual CIFF in 2020 runs from March 25 to April 5.

More than 100,000 visitors attended the CIFF annually for the past five years.

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