FanExpo Cleveland – Special GCFC Panel

Three Days of Ultimate Fandom • March 24 – 26
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Join GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt at FanExpo as he hosts a special Cleveland Film Location panel and serves as a FanExpo Panel moderator!

Go behind-the-scenes of your favorite fandoms with Mike as he moderates a Cleveland Film panel and celebrity panels at FanExpo Cleveland.

Saturday, March 25th at 11 AM • Rm #24
(You must buy a ticket to FanExpo to attend this panel.)

Why does Hollywood love to film in Northeast Ohio? Locations, locations, locations! From skyscrapers to small towns, beachfront to backwoods, Cleveland has the unique ability to transform itself into almost any location filmmakers need it to be.  Join the Greater Cleveland Film Commission as they take you behind the scenes of some of your favorite movie locations that are right in your own backyard.


Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 Lakeside Ave E,
Cleveland, OH 44113
Get Directions
Parking Info


  • Friday 3 pm – 8 pm
  • Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday 10 am – 5 pm




This Is The Way: Exploring The Mandalorian with Emily Swallow
Guest: Emily Swallow
Moderator: Mike Wendt
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Main Theater [Show Floor]

Gather the foundlings and prepare the warriors – the Armorer are here. Join us for a conversation with Emily Swallow as we discuss all things The Mandalorian, Boba Fett, and beyond!

A Return To The Office With Accounting, Supplier Relations, and Sales
Guests: Oscar Nuñez, Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker
Moderator: Mike Wendt
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Main Theater [Show Floor]

Scranton is calling and we’re clocking in with our favorite friends from The Office – Kate Flannery, Oscar Nunez, and Leslie David Baker! So come and join the conversation as we discuss Pretzel Day, shaving your head, and finding win/win/win situations.


No Rematch: Carl Weathers Spotlight
Guest: Carl Weathers
Moderator: Mike Wendt
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Main Theater [Show Floor]

Join legendary actor Carl Weathers for a panel discussing his roles in the Rocky movie franchise, Predator, and of course, The Mandalorian.

All About Honor! Meet Dante Basco
Guests: Dante Basco
Moderator: Mike Wendt
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Main Theater [Show Floor]

Join us and hear from the star of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Hook!


Serving The Public Trust And Other Directives With Robocop
Guests: Peter Weller
Moderator: Mike Wendt
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Main Theater [Show Floor]

We may not know the fourth directive, but we do know that you will not want to miss this spotlight with Peter Weller where we’ll discuss everything from Batman to Buckaroo Banzai!


The Spring Media Mixer will now be held on Thursday, April 27th at McCarthy’s Downtown!

Join the Greater Cleveland Film Commission for our first Media Mixer of the year! Due to the 2023 State of the City being held on Wednesday, April 19th, WE HAVE MOVED OUR MIXER DATE TO THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH.


Thursday, April 27th
6:00 – 9:00 pm

McCarthy’s Downtown
1231 Main Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Get Directions
Free parking is available in the lot across the street, under the Shoreway Bridge.

Media Mixers are FREE networking events that allow current and aspiring film professionals to network with each other, learn what’s filming in Northeast Ohio, and what’s new for the GCFC.

Attendees are encouraged to meet new people and talk about upcoming projects and potential opportunities. These events are part of the GCFC’s Workforce Development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing the media industry in Northeast Ohio.









GCFC Associate Board Happy Hour at MELT Bar & Grilled Independence | April 20th

Meet the GCFC Associate Board for Happy Hour at MELT Bar & Grilled – Independence on Thursday, April 20th from 6 – 7 pm!

Get to know the GCFC Associate Board and learn about the exciting things the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is doing to create film and TV jobs and drive media production business to Northeast Ohio. Support our raffle for a chance to win a GCFC Membership and more!


Thursday, April 20th from 6 – 7 pm

MELT Bar & Grilled – Independence
6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131
Info, Hours & Directions

Let us know you’re coming! The first 5 people to RSVP for our happy hour will receive an exclusive GCFC movie screening t-shirt like one of these:


GCFC Associate Board Presents: Dine To Donate at MELT Bar & Grilled Every Third Thursday

Eat at MELT Bar & Grilled on the Third Thursday of every month and the GCFC will receive 20% of the sales!

The GCFC Associate Board is proud to partner with MELT Bar & Grilled for their Dine to Donate Program every third Thursday for the rest of the year at their Lakewood and Independence locations!

Enjoy dine-in or carry-out gourmet grilled cheese and craft beer for a GREAT cause! 20% of the sales accompanied by this flier will be donated directly to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. FLIER MUST BE PRESENTED DURING VISIT TO QUALIFY FOR FUNDRAISING EVENT. (Before closing your bill, please show this flier to MELT staff for participation).

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission Associate Board and MELT Bar & Grilled thank you very much for your support!

For hours and directions, visit MELT’s Website.


  • Each participating guest must have a flier presented, via mobile device or physical copy, and must alert MELT staff that they are a fundraiser participant in order for their bill to be applied to the total raised.
  • MELT is unable to include orders paid for through their mobile app, so be sure to choose the pay-in-house option if using the app to order.
  • Sales credited to the fundraiser include food and merchandise as well as beer, wine and craft soda.
  • All fundraisers last the duration of open hours for each participating location.
  • Distributing the flier inside or outside the restaurant on MELT premises is not permitted.

Grog Shop | Midnight Rental’s Secret Movie Night

Midnight Rental LIVE at Grog Shop with your host Lenora!

Hosted by Lenora from the internet hit-series Midnight Rental which streams exclusively on The Found Footage Festival YouTube channel, Midnight Rental movie nights bring you the best in VHS horror, thriller, and campy classics… never meant for the big screen! Come enjoy a movie night, mixed with equal parts variety show and bad made for TV commercials from the era. Audience members will be surprised with the movie picked for the evening from Lenora’s vault (aka video store rental shelf).

Get to Grog Shop at 7 p.m. for a special lightening round of movie trivia with prizes from local businesses awarded to the winners of each round. At 8 p.m. we’ll screen thirty minutes of the best of bad commercials. Our special movie presentation will start at 8:30 p.m. A movie night menu featuring popcorn, candy, chips, and PIZZA ROLLS will be for purchase throughout the evening.

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST HOST JOE BURDON, the host and creator of The Guiltless Podcast, Cleveland Scene’s #1 Best of Cleveland podcast winner!


March 15, 2023
Pre-show retro commercials & fun start at 7:00 pm
Movie starts at 8:00 pm

$7 Advance Tickets | $10 Day of the Event
+$3 at the door if under 21

Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106




Hosted by late night horror hostess Lenora, co-host of ‘The Big Bad B-Movie Show’ on The CW in Cleveland, ‘Midnight Rental’ takes viewers on a tour of tapes that are of lesser known and lesser loved movies who never quite found their footing, but still deserve their 5 (15 would still be too generous) minutes of fame. Set in a video store, ‘Midnight Rental’ even has a back room. But, it’s not THAT kind of back room. Designed with late night b-movie level love and campiness in mind, you’re bound to learn something while you’re at ‘Midnight Rental’, whether it’s a bunch of facts about Tom Savini, or the correct pronunciation of Miguel Ferrer’s name (honestly, the jury’s still out on that one.) Just remember, we close at midnight. Join Lenora once a month at ‘Midnight Rental’, exclusively on The Found Footage Festival’s YouTube channel.

47th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival

The Cleveland International Film Festival will celebrate its 47th festival on March 22 – April 1, 2023.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is among the longest-running and largest Film Festivals in the United States.

CIFF47 will take place at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland March 22 – April 1, 2023 and online as CIFF47 Streams April 2-9, 2023. Save the dates!

Tickets are on sale now!


GCFC is honored to be a CIFF47 Community Partner for the film CITIZEN SLEUTH, directed by Chris Kasick.


Mimi Ohio Theatre
9:50 pm | Saturday, March 25, 2023
7:25 pm | Sunday, March 26, 2023

SUMMARY: Emily Nestor quickly shot to podcast notoriety with her independent true crime podcast Mile Marker 181, which investigated the death of local Appalachian woman Jaleayah Davis under suspicion of foul play. As the podcast detailed inquiries into possible murder suspects and corruption within the local police force, Nestor’s profile continued to rise within the ecosystem of true crime media and its devoted following. But when Nestor intentionally withholds information in her reporting to keep the podcast afloat, she gets caught in a cult of personality. CITIZEN SLEUTH follows Nestor’s rise and fall over several years, calling to question the ethics of the true crime genre when rumor can destructively be treated as fact.

Tickets go on sale to the public at 11 am on Friday, March 10. Use our code GCFC for $1 off each ticket purchase at that time.

  • To redeem a Discount Code ONLINE, add a CIFF47 in-person or CIFF47 Streams ticket to your cart on and during the Shopping Cart stage of the checkout process, enter your Discount Code in the “DISCOUNT CODE / GIFT CERTIFICATE” box located under Order Summary in the Shopping Cart. Please note that all discounts will be reflected upon checkout. Please note: You cannot enter more than one Discount Code per order and each order is subject to a $2 processing fee. 
  • IN-PERSON or by PHONE: Have your Discount Code ready and call (877.304.3456) or visit the CIFF Box Office (located in the Playhouse Square Ticket Office in the outer lobby of the KeyBank State Theatre) during the below hours of operation.

Congratulations to our Partners Hemlock Films and Long Division Creative for being selected for the CIFF47!

Hemlock Films – The Resistance – Tuesday, March 28 at 7:25 pm | Allen Theatre

During WWII a British female spy tries to outwit a Nazi in occupied France.

Long Division Creative – Ancestors – Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 7:20 pm | Allen Theatre

A young man, pursuing his dream job, gets help from his ancestors along the way.


CIFF is grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who wear many hats at the Festival. Duties include assisting with mailings, inventorying, and projects pre-Festival and during the Festival, ushering patrons into the theaters, monitoring the lobby and hallways, and assisting various staff teams during the Festival. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Interested? Reach out using the contact form at this link.


Tickets to CIFF47 @ PSQ (March 22-April 1, 2023) in-person screenings and CIFF47 Streams (April 2-9, 2023) online screenings go on sale to current CIFF47 Members on Monday, March 6, 2023 @ 11:00 AM ET and to the general public on Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 11:00 AM ET.

CIFF47 Opening Night Film & Reception:

  • $80 per ticket for current CIFF members
  • $100 per ticket for non-members

CIFF47 @ PSQ (March 22-April 1, 2023) in-person tickets:

  • $16 per ticket for current CIFF members
  • $18 per ticket for non-members

CIFF47 Streams (April 2-9, 2023) streaming tickets:

  • $12 per ticket for current CIFF members
  • $14 per ticket for non-members

Group Rate:

Groups attending CIFF47 and purchasing 10 or more tickets to the same screening are eligible for the group rate of $1 off per ticket. Please contact the CIFF Box Office at 877.304.3456 during their hours of operation for more information or to place a group order. With the exception of the CIFF member discount, Group ticket orders are not eligible for additional discounts.

  • For groups attending regular in-person screenings during CIFF47 @ PSQ (March 22-April 1, 2023), tickets to the same screening are $15 per group ticket for current CIFF members and $17 per group ticket for non-members.
  • For groups streaming online screenings during CIFF47 Streams (April 2-9, 2023), tickets to the same screening are $11 per group ticket for current CIFF members and $13 per group ticket for non-members.


March 6-19, 2023:

  • Phone sales only, 877-304-3456
  • Daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

March 20-31, 2023 (In-Person & Phone):

  • Phone, 877-304-3456 & In-person sales
  • Mondays – Wednesdays: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursdays – Fridays: 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

April 1, 2023:

  • 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM

2023 Award Season Raffle (03/16/2023)

The annual GCFC Award Season Raffle is now closed. Thank you for supporting our mission with your raffle ticket purchase!

And this year’s winners are…

As a 501(c)3 organization, the GCFC relies heavily on donations, proceeds from this raffle will help the GCFC support our education programs and empower us to continue to build a strong, diverse, sustainable film and media production industry that creates jobs and drives business to Northeast Ohio.

See this year’s exclusive prize lineup below!



WHITE NOISE (2022) – Framed Poster, Script, Artbook, Worry-Free Gum, A&P Sweatshirt, Cassette
Directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle
Golden Globe® Nominee: Best Actor – Adam Driver

SHOOTING STARS (TO BE RELEASED) – Haddad’s Inc. Crew Member T-shirt (size M and 2XL)
Directed by Chris Robinson, starring LeBron James, Stefan Johnson, Laura Wimbels

CHERRY (2021) – Novel & Novel Poster Autographed by Joe & Anthony Russo
Directed by the Russo Brothers, starring Tom Holland, Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor
Golden Trailer Award Winner: Most Original Trailer

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES (2020) – Haddad’s Inc. Long-sleeve Crew Member T-shirt (size XL)
Directed by the Brett Haley, starring Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp
ReFrame Stamp Winner: Top 100 Most Popular Narrative & Animated Feature

WHITE BOY RICK / UNTITLED DETROIT CITY (2018) – Haddad’s Inc. Crew Member T-shirt (size S)
Directed by Yann Demange, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jonathan Majors
Golden Trailer Award Nominee: Best Music

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (2017) – Crew Member Hat
Directed by F. Gary Grey, starring Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson
MTV Movie + TV Awards Winner: MTV Generation Award for Fast & Furious Saga

CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES (2015) – T-shirt autographed by Producer Mark Johnson (size M), Bag
Directed by Jackie Earle Haley, starring John Travolta, Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens

ANTWONE FISHER (2002) – Cleveland Premiere Program Autographed by Malcolm David Kelley
Directed by and starring Denzel Washington, Derek Luke, Joy Bryant
BET Award Winner: Best Actor – Derek Luke

WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD (2002) – Promotional Postcard Autographed by Joe & Anthony Russo
Directed by the Russo Brothers, starring George Clooney, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy
Cannes Film Festival Award Nominee: C.I.C.A.E. Award – Joe & Anthony Russo


GLASS ONION (2022) – Beach Towel, “Glass Onion” Promo Napkin, Cast T-shirt (size L), Script, Baseball Hat, Vinyl Record (461/1000), Handkerchief, Cast Enamel Pins
Directed by Rian Johnson, starring Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson
Oscar® Nominee: Best Adapted Screenplay


ELVIS (2022) – Vinyl Record – Original Soundtrack
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge
Oscar® Nominee: Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Actor – Austin Butler, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design

THE FABELMANS (2022) – T-shirt (size S – XL), Journal, Mug, Poster
Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Michelle Williams, Gabriel LaBelle, Paul Dano
Oscar® Nominee: Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Picture, Best Actress – Michelle Williams, Best Supporting Actor – Judd Hirsch, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design

ARGENTINA, 1985 (2022) – Script, Box of Havanna Chocolates
Directed by Santiago Mitre, starring Ricardo Darín, Gina Mastronicola, Francisco Bertín
Oscar® Nominee: Best International Feature Film – Argentina

THIRTEEN LIVES (2022) – Script, Beatriz Ball Silver Platter
Directed by Ron Howard, starring Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton
Black Reel Awards Nominee: Outstanding Editing – James Wilcox


GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO (2022) – Vinyl Record – Original Soundtrack, Framed Art Print, Script, Artbook, Baratti & Milano Hot Chocolate, Black Rabbit Funko Pop!
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann
Oscar® WINNER: Best Animated Feature Film

Directed by Joel Crawford & Januel Mercado, starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek
Oscar® Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film

THE BAD GUYS (2022) – Artbook
Directed by Pierre Perifel, starring Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina
Kids’ Choice Awards, USA Nominee: Favorite Voice, Animated Movie – Awkwafina

THE SEA BEAST (2022) – Concept Art Print
Directed by Chris Williams, starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
Oscar® Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film


EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (2022) – Enamel Pin and Gift Wrapping Paper
Directed by Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, starring Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis
Oscar® WINNER: Best Picture, Best Director – Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Best Actress – Michelle Yeoh, Best Supporting Actress – Jamie Lee Curtis, Best Supporting Actor – Ke Huy Quan, Best Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay

Oscar® Nominee: Best Original Score, Best Original Song – “This Is A Life”, Best Supporting Actress – Stephanie Hsu, Best Costume Design,

THE WHALE (2022) – MOBY DICK Paperback Novel
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins
Oscar® WINNER: Best Actor – Brendan Fraser, Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Oscar® Nominee: Best Supporting Actress – Hong Chau

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON (2021) – Calendar and Mini Marcel with Matchbox House
Directed by and starring Dean Fleischer Camp, Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini
Oscar® Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film

CLOSE (2022) – Mini Box of Chocolates from Mary Chocolatier
Directed by Lukas Dhont, starring Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Emilie Dequenne
Oscar® Nominee: Best International Feature Film – Belgium

THE INSPECTION (2022) – Journal
Directed by Elegance Bratton, starring Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine
Golden Globe® Nominee: Best Actor in a Drama – Jeremy Pope

AFTERSUN (2022) – Framed Photo
Directed by Charlotte Wells, starring Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
Oscar® Nominee: Best Actor – Paul Mescal

PEARL (2022) – Shape Shifting Promo Card
Directed by Ti West, starring Mia Goth, David Corenswet, Tandi Wright
Toronto Film Festival Award Winner: People’s Choice Award – Midnight Madness

EMPIRE OF LIGHT (2022) – Script, Scarf, Journal
Directed by Sam Mendes, starring Olivia Colman, Michael Ward, Colin Firth
Oscar® Nominee: Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins

Directed by Martin McDonagh, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon
Oscar® Nominee: Best Supporting Actress – Kerry Condon, Best Actor – Colin Farrell, Best Original Score, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor – Brendan Gleeson, Best Supporting Actor – Barry Keoghan, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing

Directed by Lena Dunham, starring Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott
Critics Choice Awards Nominee: Best Young Actor/Actress – Bella Ramsey

TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN (2022) – Sheet Music Autographed by Diane Warren
Directed by Silvia Carobbio, Catherine Hardwicke, Taraji P. Henson, Mipo Oh, Licia Puenzo, Maria Sole Tognazzi, Leena Yadav
Oscar® Nominee: Best Original Song – “Applause” by Diane Warren

TAR (2022) – Vinyl Record – Original Soundtrack
Directed by Todd Field, starring Cate Blanchett, Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss
Oscar® Nominee: Best Actress – Cate Blanchett, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography – Florian Hoffmeister, Best Film Editing – Monika Willi

MY POLICEMAN (2022) – Script, Novel, Journal, Faber-Castell 9000 6-Pencil Tin Set
Directed by Charlotte Wells, starring Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio, Celia Rowlson-Hall
GLAAD Media Awards Winner: Outstanding Film – Limited Release

NANNY (2022) – Script, Children’s Book – Anansi and the Golden Pot, Bath Salts
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu, starring Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls
Sundance Film Festival Winner: Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic

CIFF FilmSlam | March 23-24 and 27-31

The Cleveland International Film Festival FilmSlam® will take place at Playhouse Square: March 23-24 and 27-31

FilmSlam® is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s (CIFF) media literacy program and mini-festival of films for students in grades 5-12. FilmSlam® provides students with the ability to evaluate and critique the messages they perceive when viewing films — while encouraging thought-provoking discussion, embracing curiosity and fueling creativity, and experiencing social-emotional growth.


A list of titles and synopses of films screening at FilmSlam® at Playhouse Square, including Animated Cinema, Black Cinema, Cultural and Cultural LIGHT Cinema, Chinese Language Cinema, Feature films, French Language Cinema, German Language Cinema, and Spanish Language Cinema will be released in February.
FilmSlam® will take place at Playhouse Square: March 23 – 24 and 27 – 31, 2023.
All films/programs will begin simultaneously at 9:30 a.m. (your morning will come to a close before 11:15 a.m.). Please make your best efforts to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your screening start time to give students adequate time to make their way to the theatre. We are unable to delay screening start times to accommodate late arrivals.
  • Each film includes a study guide and pre/post questions
  • Each screening includes a 15-20 minute filmmaker Q&A
  • Students vote for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film
Feature films will be screened on Monday – Thursday, March 27 – 30. The feature films will be announced by end of February. The following short film programs will be screening on the following dates:
  • Animated Cinema (screening on 3/23)
  • Black Cinema (screening on 3/24 + 3/31)
  • Cultural Cinema (screening daily)
  • Cultural LIGHT Cinema – middle school + junior high (screening on 3/27)
  • Chinese Language Cinema (screening on 3/38)
  • French Language Cinema (screening on 3/24, 3/30, 3/31)
  • German Language Cinema (screening on 3/29)
  • Spanish Language Cinema (screening daily)


FilmSlam® tickets are $5 a student; teachers and chaperones are free! CMSD students, teachers, and chaperones receive free tickets. All educators must reserve tickets for all screenings they plan to attend through our reservation link here. The deadline to make ticket reservations is March 17, 2023.


The last day to modify student numbers for CIFF47 FilmSlam® screenings is March 17, 2023. Please note you will be invoiced for your number of reservations, even in the event some of your students do not attend.


They ask that you please send a check, PO, or credit card number in advance of your arrival to the following address or email:

Cleveland International Film Festival
Attn: FilmSlam
2510 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
[email protected]

If it is easier, you can simply request an invoice be emailed to you. Those requests can be made directly to [email protected]. FilmSlam® payments will not be accepted at the door.


Film Festival films – including FilmSlam® films – are not rated. Some films selected to screen in FilmSlam® may contain strong language, unusual humor, and/or challenging topics and themes.

Our Middle School ‘LIGHT’ program is appropriate for middle and junior high school students.


Buses will drop students off at Allen Theatre (1407 Euclid Ave, Cleveland) and will be given directions on where to park for the morning. Students and educators will check-in and be escorted to their theater. More information on bus arrival, drop-off, and pick-up maps and instructions will be emailed to you in the weeks prior to your field trip.

If you are in need of funding support for bus transportation to FilmSlam® at Playhouse Square, we recommend reaching out to Ohio Arts Council’s Big Yellow School Bus program, which supports school visits to arts and cultural activities. Please refer to this document for helpful information as you put your application together!

CMSD students receive free bus transportation (first-come, first-serve). Information for how to schedule your bus will be emailed to you once you submit your ticket reservation.


Concession stands will be open for students to purchase snacks and refreshments prior to film screenings. A list of available concessions and prices will be emailed to teachers in early March. For those interested in arranging lunch in the District following your FilmSlam® screening, check out the Food and Amenities Guide.


Join FilmSlam® for their Teacher Workshop on Saturday, March 4!

For additional FilmSlam® resources, including parking information, film descriptions, study guides, and more, check out the FilmSlam® at Playhouse Square Google folder in the coming weeks (link not currently available).


FilmSlam® Streams is CIFF’s virtual media literacy program that allows educators to stream films directly in the classroom with their students. Each film includes a study guide connected to curriculum links, and Q&A sessions will be conducted via Zoom with filmmakers after selections have been watched.

A new series of FilmSlam® Streams will launch on April 3 with new short films in:
  • Arabic Language Cinema
  • Black Cinema
  • BIPOC Cinema
  • Chinese Language Cinema
  • Cultural Cinema
  • Cultural Cinema LIGHT
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Cinema
  • Environmental + Climate Cinema
  • French Language Cinema
  • German Language Cinema
  • Human Rights Cinema
  • Latinx Cinema
  • Social Justice Cinema
  • Spanish Language Cinema
  • Ukrainian Cinema
  • Women’s Empowerment Cinema

Educators will be able to stream these films directly in the classroom to their students. If you have not already signed up for FilmSlam® Streams and would like access to this virtual program, please complete the following registration form (educators that have already completed the form this school year do not need to fill it out again!).

Picturehouse 411 Virtual Q&A Series

Virtual talks, personal stories from iconic movies every month!

Picturehouse 441 is a series dedicated to connecting film lovers across the country with some of the greatest movies of all time on a more personal level. Join top filmmakers in live virtual Q&As as they answer your burning questions about the films you love. Whether you’re a cinephile, casual moviegoer, or somewhere in between, we’re excited for you to join us!

The series is programmed by Joshua Handler and evolved from his previous series, Corona Classics Cinema Club, which hosted more than 200 top filmmakers.


Don’t Fall In Love With Yourself Screening and Q&A with Justin Pearson (The Locust)

Documentary Screening and Q&A at the Grog Shop!

Join the Grog Shop for the Cleveland premiere of the new documentary DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF created by Turnstyle Films! The documentary explores the life of enigmatic musician and artist, Justin Pearson. From childhood tragedy and his roots in the San Diego punk scene to his appearance on Jerry Springer and rise to cult celebrity status. An in-depth look at a career made out of blood, sweat, and spit. Featuring interviews with Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Jeremy Bolm (Touche Amore), and many more.

Opening set by Ted Bizon of Orphaned (

Following the film, there will be a live Q&A with Justin Pearson and director, Jon Nix.


Sunday, April 2nd, 2023
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

Tickets are $15