CIFF48 Festival Happenings

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is will host Festival events leading up to, and during CIFF48.


CIFF is hosting three Cinemas Preview events, giving film enthusiasts a sneak peek at some of the films that will be on screen at CIFF48. Each event will feature previews of select trailers of films in this year’s lineup, as well as complimentary film vouchers, Film Guides, and light snacks. All events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024
5:30 – 7:00 pm
LatinUs Theater Company | 2937 W 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113
Sponsored by IFF
In partnership with LatinUs Theater Company and Metro West Community Development Corporation
No reservations required


Tuesday, March 19, 2024
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Karamu House | 2355 E 89th St., Cleveland, OH 44106
Sponsored by Equius
In partnership with Karamu House, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, and Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Reservations required – click here


Saturday, March 23, 2024
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Li Wah | 2999 Payne Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
In partnership with OCA Greater Cleveland Chapter, Li Wah, Cleveland Asian Festival, and MidTown Cleveland.
No reservations required.


On April 8th a total solar eclipse will cross North America with the Cleveland area in the direct path of totality. In celebration, CIFF48 has partnered with Great Lakes Science Center to host special event film screenings and panel discussions as part of their Total Eclipse Fest, taking place April 6-8, 2024. These special events are free and open to the public, and available on a first-come, first served basis at the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater at Great Lakes Science Center.

Great Lakes Science Center will host special screenings and panels of the films “MAESTRA” and “Small Town Universe” during the Total Eclipse Fest in the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater. For more details please visit


  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Description: Women make up only about three percent of all symphony conductors. Luckily, the La Maestra competition at the Philharmonie de Paris concert hall hopes to boost this statistic. Meet five female conductors from all corners of the globe as they train and compete for fame, individuality, and recognition in a male-dominated world. After the film, there will be a Q&A with the film’s director, Maggie Contreras.

“Small Town Universe”

  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Description: Green Bank, West Virginia is the only place in the United States where cell phones and WiFi are not allowed, as they would interfere with the world-famous radio telescope with its sights set on the stars. Meet the residents and scientists who live side by side. After the film, there will be a Q&A with the film’s director Katie Dellamaggiore, and featured subject, Ellie White.



The Festival is thrilled to introduce its newest program designed to celebrate retrospective films – CIFF Retro. The program features screenings of some of CIFF’s most talked about films, as well as eclipse-inspired blockbuster hits, giving film enthusiasts the opportunity to revisit or see these audience favorites for the first time. Tickets for films in CIFF Retro are at a discounted price of $5.


  • MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE: Sunday, April 7 at 4:50 pm | Connor Palace. Guests in attendance: Director Michele Josue, Featured Subjects Judy and Dennis Shepard
  • 9TO5: STORY OF A MOVEMENT: Wednesday, April 10 at 5:10pm | KeyBank State Theatre. Guests in attendance: Director Steven Bognar, Featured Subject Anne Hill and more


  • TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE: Monday, April 8 at 6:00 pm | KeyBank State Theatre
  • Comedy Shorts Retro Program: Monday, April 8 at 6:15 pm | Upper Allen
  • COHERENCE: Monday, April 8 at 8:30 pm | Mimi Ohio Theatre


The Cleveland International Film Festival is honored to present a special tribute to the late and remarkable documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert. Taking place Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 4:55 pm in the Connor Palace, the event will consist of three new documentary short films from Julia’s long-time partner Steven Bognar. Through never-before-seen footage of her life and work, the program will celebrate the legacy and spirit of Julia. Special guests will be invited to share remarks alongside Steven throughout the program.