GCFC Response to Coronavirus in Northeast Ohio







As you are probably aware, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has declared a state of civil emergency in response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County, as has Governor DeWine in the state. This is to create the flexibility needed for the city and state to respond effectively in the coming days. Today the Governor issued a ban on events larger than 100 people.

Source: Greater Cleveland Film Commission | March 12, 2020



CIFF Puts Out a Call for Donations





In the wake of the cancellation of what would’ve been the 44th iteration of the Cleveland International Film Festival, organizers have put out a call for donations.

“We are heartbroken that, as a Film Festival Family, we will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44’s amazing films and talented filmmakers together,” reads the press release sent out earlier today. “However, we support the decisions made by Mayor Frank Jackson and Governor Mike DeWine to protect the health and safety of all Ohioans in the face of COVID-19.”

Source:  Cleveland Scene | Jeff Niesel
March 18, 2020




Box Office Fades To Black As Coronavirus Shuts Down 4K North American Theaters Into May: Where The Studios Stand & What’s Next?






Source:  Deadline | Anthony D’Alessandro
March 18, 2020

With Cinemark shutting down Tuesday, the last of the major circuits alongside AMC, Regal, Cineplex Odeon, Marcus, Harkins and more, there really isn’t much left in regards to those cinemas braving the current coronavirus climate, which is also impacting restaurants, schools, gyms, bars, etc., across the U.S.



South Euclid boy to appear on ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’






Source: WKYC Channel 3 | March 17, 2020

A South Euclid boy will step into the national spotlight next week as he competes for a national title.

Nathanael Honvou will compete against nine and 10-year-olds from across the nation on “American Ninja Warrior Junior.”

Coronavirus: 120,000 IATSE Members Lose Their Jobs In Production & Event Shutdowns, Union Donates $2.5M






Source: Deadline | David Robb, Nellie Andreeva
March 17, 2020

As the wave of film and TV production shutdowns over the coronavirus pandemic is starting to subside, their staggering impact on below-the-line workers is starting to emerge. IATSE reported Tuesday that the COVID-19-related production suspensions snd event cancellations have resulted in the loss of 120,000 jobs held by its 150,000 members. A large number of those affected work in Hollywood production but IATSE also covers live events, conventions and all people-facing businesses that have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak.



CIFF 44 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Cleveland’s annual festival, set to celebrate its 44th event and final year at Tower City Cinemas, has been cancelled due to concerns about coronavirus in Northeast Ohio.


While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44’s amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City’s obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.” – CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman


Source: Clevelandfilm.org | March 11, 2020


CIFF thanks its Film Festival Family for their support during this difficult time.

Want to be a stuntman? Here’s your chance

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission’s “Stuntman for a Day” event will offer a glimpse into the industry.

Source: Cleveland.com | Marc Bona March 3, 2020