Kids Film It Festival

The Kids Film It Festival is now accepting entries for 2017 in the age categories of 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18, and in the genres of Film, Animation and Music. The maximum length of an entry is five minutes.

The festival was started by 13-year-old Ryan Levine last year as a way to give kids a platform to submit their films to a festival and raise money for Parkinson’s research. All proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The films will be judged by Marc Buckland (producer/director, “My Name Is Earl”), Todd Lieberman (producer, Mandeville Films and Television) and GCFC President Ivan Schwarz. Prizes include $500 Best Buy gift cards and GoPro cameras.

Click here for more information about the festival.

Saint Martin’s Kick-Off Breakfast

This year, GCFC is continuing its partnership with Saint Martin de Porres High School’s Corporate Work Study Program and attended their Kickoff Breakfast to learn about student communication, initiative, time management and upcoming changes for the 2017-2018 school year.

We’re excited to welcome back our returning Saint Martin’s student Camren Davis in the fall, and will be welcoming a new freshman Work Study student as well!

GCFC Welcomes Our New Partner, Trinity High School

GCFC is always looking for new educational institutions to partner with, and this year we are partnering with Trinity High School in Garfield Heights.

We will be hosting a Trinity Junior for the 2017/2018 school year, to help them not only learn about the media production industry and the pathways they might take through it, but also the day to day operation of a nonprofit organization and everything it takes to promote the growth of a new industry in Cleveland.

Katie Couric’s “Cities Rising” Spotlights #FilmInCLE

Katie Couric’s “Cities Rising” series on Yahoo! has put Cleveland back in the spotlight with a series of videos about all the amazing things that make up our city’s comeback story.

The first series of videos covered our improving schools, burgeoning VR scene, and entrepeneurship in the city. This series finishes up with a look at our amazing food, city pride, Lebron James, and of course #FilmInCLE!

Matthew McConaughey was interviewed for the piece while he was in town filming “White Boy Rick,” along with our own GCFC President Ivan Schwarz, about what an amazing city Cleveland is for the arts.

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“American Ninja Warrior” Cleveland Qualifier Airs

 Cleveland, did you catch your beautiful city on “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC Monday night? If you did, you saw not only the daring feats of strength and agility of the Ninjas who took on the most intense obstacle course yet, but also the gorgeously lit landmarks of your hometown!

Whether it was the perfectly lit Terminal Tower, or the Goodyear Blimp shots of our new Public Square, every shot made our city look as special as we know it to be.

We’re proud to have brought this fun experience and spotlight to Cleveland!

Summer Media Mixer

Well over 200 people attended our Summer Media Mixer last month, one of our best turnouts ever.

Special thanks to Ricky Volante for speaking about our local Entertainment Law scene, and Music Box Supper Club for hosting us again at their beautiful venue.

These events are part of our workforce development efforts, always working to make sure our local professionals can network and share ideas about growing this industry in Northeast Ohio.

GCFC at Laurelive

We had an amazing time at Laurelive 2017!

It was such a great event, and as you can see, our GCFC beachballs were a big hit. They even got on stage!

GCFC Hosts Boys Hope Girls Hope for Career Day

Last month we had the privilege of hosting rising sophomores in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program for a presentation on what GCFC does, and of what all our individual jobs consist.

It was a lot of fun talking about our different journeys to get where we are today, and help illuminate the path that lies ahead of these kids. We really hope we’re able to do it again next year!


PA Workshop with…Ivan Schwarz?

Our Production Assistant (PA) Workshop did not go as planned.

Our special guest Mikki Ziska had her flight cancelled not once, but twice, and we feared that we would have to ultimately cancel the event.

However, GCFC President Ivan Schwarz stepped in at the last minute to deliver the workshop for 80 people who wanted to learn more about taking their first steps into the media production industry!

When all was said and done, it was a good day for everyone involved, and an even better one for our local industry.

Cleveland Screenings of Cleveland Stories

In a city filled with talented filmmakers, from time to time we are invited to screenings of new films that tell Cleveland stories. Here are a few we’ve had the privilege of viewing over the last month:

EXACT CHANGE, Directed by Scott Plate, Written by and Starring Christine Howey

Based on her moving one-woman play about finding your voice and championing your identity, “Exact Change” is the powerful and personal story of noted Cleveland actor, journalist and critic Christine Howey, who transitioned in 1990. This film adaptation was both as powerful and as poignant as the play, and it premiered to two sold out theaters at the historic Capitol Theatre in June.

UNDEREXPOSED, a collaboration between Shooting Without Bullets and Cleveland Institute of Art

“Underexposed” brings visibility to Black youth culture in Cleveland in the wake of Black Lives Matter. The film chronicles the lives of ten teen artists as they find solace in art, making and performing as members of Shooting Without Bullets, Cleveland’s revolutionary youth advocacy program.  This coming of age story illuminates the beautiful struggle in their discovery of self in the midst of extreme economic depression and stark racial segregation. To see these young people expressing themselves through their talent and their art was an amazing experience.


Multimedia artist, writer, poet and Cleveland native Chris Webb’s current project animates blighted homes in Cleveland’s abandoned neighborhoods and uses them as narrators to speak on neighborhood problems and city history. Having gone to school on the west coast and returned to his hometown, Chris’ talents as an artist, storyteller and agent for change are all on display in this film that highlights a pressing issue in our city.

THE NEW ERA by Grant Heineman

Grant Heineman, a rising senior at Heights High, was given a project by his American Government teacher: create a 20 minute documentary that is unique and relevant to what they’re learning in class. With the 2016 election fresh in everyone’s mind, and having become an issue that had penetrated the “high school bubble,” Grant got to work and put together a stylish and certainly unique look at the election through the eyes of his fellow students. The result is nothing short of A+ work.