ReelAbilities Film Festival 2020 to take place virtually

ReelAbilities Film Festival will take place virtually for 2020. (Image courtesy of ‘Revel in Your Body’ film, and ReelAbilities Film Festival.)








SOURCE: | Anne Nickoloff
September 11, 2020

ReelAbilities Film Festival is set to take place virtually this year for its Cleveland and Akron audiences, as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic restrictions on large gatherings.

The fest, which features films created by and about people with disabilities, will take place Oct. 3-30 in a virtual streaming format. Each movie is free to view and open to the public, with registration required.



Cleveland International Film Festival announces fall streaming events

CIFF has announced some programming for this fall season. (Image courtesy CIFF)








SOURCE: | Anne Nickoloff
September 10, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland International Film Festival has announced several streaming events that will take place this fall.

Up first is an online screening of the documentary “Aggie,” available to view from Sept. 24 until Sept. 27. The film shares the story of Cleveland’s Agnes “Aggie” Gund, who is known for her extensive advocacy work and arts philanthropy in the city. Those who purchase tickets to the streamed documentary will also have access to view a live conversation with Gund and film director Catherine Gund at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Tickets cost $15 and are on sale now on CIFF’s website.



‘Black Films Matter:’ Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival begins virtually Thursday

The festival spans nine days and features many public speakers. (Source: Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival)








SOURCE: Cleveland 19 News | Avery Williams
September 10, 2020

Over 70 films, shorts, animations and documentaries will be showcased in the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF), which is taking place virtually from Sept. 10 to 18.

There are screenings at Mayfield Drive-In on Friday and Saturday.

The 2020 theme is “Black Films Matter.”

“Every since 2011, GCUFF has resounded the message that Black Films not only matter, but should be acknowledged, celebrated, and shared,” Donna Dabbs, the Executive Director of GCUFF, said in a press release.

There will be a tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who recently died of colon cancer in his early 40s.

The festival begins with feature film, “The Best of Enemies.”

Check out the full schedule here.

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival kicks off virtual event






SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Jade Jarvis
September 10, 2020

Connecting communities through cinema. That’s the vision for the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival.

It kicks off Thursday and this year’s theme is “Black Films Matter.”

The festival is in its 9th year, but for the first time, 90% of the festival will be online which executive director Donna Dabbs said she thinks will give people the opportunity to watch even more films.

The festival will showcase more than 70 movies from Thursday until Sept. 18. Those include feature films, shorts, animations, and documentaries.



Cleveland International Film Festival announces fall online event series

SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 Studios | Hope Sloop
September 10, 2020

The Cleveland International Film Festival has announced a list of fall-fun events to kick off its new year.

The programs will be spread out over several months, and fans will be sent a voucher code for them to stream films from the comfort of their own home.




Cleveland Italian Film Festival Returns for 15th Year Despite Covid-19

Italian actor, Claudio Bisio, “Benvenuto Presidente”









SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Sam Allard
September 9, 2020

The 15th annual edition of the Cleveland Italian Film Festival will proceed in 2020 in a reduced capacity after initial plans to cancel due to Covid-19.

Four Italian films will be screened on Thursday evenings from Sept. 17 to Oct. 8 at the Atlas Eastgate Cinemas in Mayfield Heights. Festival founder Joyce Mariani said that usually, efforts are made to hold screenings on both the east and west sides, but that because of theater availability, there would only be one location this year.



Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival invites everyone to learn more about the African-American experience

SOURCE: Fox 8 News
September 9, 2020

It’s the 9th year for the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival and planners have an amazing lineup of films that you can enjoy virtually or at the drive-in movie theater. Fox 8’s Todd Meany learned about the festival from executive director Donna Dabbs. You can visit the festival’s website to see the full schedule of offerings:

Cleveland Italian Film Festival announces 2020 schedule

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival will feature four films in 2020. (Photo by Jeff Piorkowski)








SOURCE: | Anne Nickoloff
September 9, 2020

The Cleveland Italian Film Festival has announced its lineup for 2020.

The event, which normally takes place at both east and west-side movie theaters in Greater Cleveland, will be limited to its east-side location, Atlas Cinemas Eastgate, for 2020, said festival director Joyce Mariani. Four movie screenings will take place from Sept. 17 until Oct. 8.

Award-winning Cleveland filmmaker Johnny Wu’s newest film releases today on DVD

Immortal Combat: The Code







It’s been a rough year in the film industry during the coronavirus pandemic, but Cleveland filmmaker Johnny Wu has managed to see his latest project, “Immortal Combat: The Code” (originally titled “Wu Xia 2 The Code”) make it to DVD and Video on Demand (VOD).

Wu is the producer, director, and editor of the martial arts action movie, which will be available from online and big box retail stores starting today, Tuesday, Sept. 1. Immortal Combat depicts the Five Elements Clan fighting to save humanity with a code that the clan holds.



Cleveland Director Johnny Wu’s Latest Movie Receives Domestic Release

Courtesy of Johnny Wu





SOURCE: Cleveland Scene | Jeff Niesel
September 1, 2020

Last year after he hosted a local screening, local filmmaker Johnny Wu took his latest film, Wu Xia 2 the Code, on the festival circuit where it screened at more than 10 festivals. The movie combines science fiction visuals with Hong Kong-styled martial arts sequences that many of the actors choreographed themselves and tells the story of the 5 Elements, a group caught between corporations in pursuit of a code developed to provide clean air after pollution and radiation have damaged the Earth.