CIFF47 Call for Entries Now Open

The 47th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) call for entries is now open!

CIFF47 will take place March 22 – April 1, 2023 in person at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, OH.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THEATRICAL SCREENINGS AT CIFF47 WILL BE IN DCP (FEATURE AND SHORT FILMS).* Thus, all invited films will be required to send a DCP file for exhibition.

CIFF is excited to return to its new forever home, the beautiful and iconic Playhouse Square – also the largest performing arts district in the U.S., outside of New York City. CIFF will continue to follow guidance and protocols based on science and community circumstances, in relation to COVID-19. All Festival details (including dates, format, and venues) are subject to change.

At this time, details about CIFF47 Streams (the virtual/online component of CIFF) are yet to be determined. We will update this page and notify all selected films in the festival as we have news.

CIFF47 will consist of hundreds of films, post-film conversations and Q&As with filmmakers, balloting, and over $130,000 in cash awards. CIFF Speaks (the organization’s podcast series) will be returning with episodes surrounding and during the Festival.

CIFF is committed to offering screening fees or travel assistance for all feature and short films accepted into the Festival. In a time of many changes, CIFF is happy to report that they continue to be one of the few Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the world for all three categories of shorts films—live-action, animated, and documentary. CIFF accepts films of any runtime, any genre, and from every country.

As always, CIFF will provide written feedback from their Screening Team—a diverse volunteer committee comprised of 150 film enthusiasts assembled from their audience base, ranging from industry professionals to local film students. CIFF is also happy to once again offer submission waivers to any CIFF alum whose current film meets the CIFF47 requirements.

No matter what the future holds, the Cleveland International Film Festival remains dedicated to supporting the work of filmmakers everywhere and uniting their community through the power of film.

For all questions related to submissions, please see their Terms and Conditions or email [email protected].

CIFF thanks you for sharing your films with them!


Dates & Deadlines

  • July 1 – Opening Date
  • July 31 – Earlybird Deadline
  • August 31 – August Deadline
  • September 30 – September Deadline
  • October 31 – October Deadline
  • November 30 – November Deadline
  • December 30 – Final Deadline
  • January 6, 2023 – Extended Deadline
  • February 24, 2023 – Notification Date
  • March 22 – April 1, 2023 – Festival Dates

CSU Students: Register for Every Film Is A Startup

Led by the Weston Ideation Lab in partnership with the CSU School of Film & Media Arts and powered by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation grant, Every Film Is A Startup is a hands-on learning opportunity that creates teams of CSU students learning about innovation, entrepreneurship and culminating in a social justice documentary competition.

In this year-long program, each team will create a three to five minute proof of concept video and compete for cash prizes and scholarships. Students will learn about internship opportunities in the film industry; meet dedicated mentors in the fields of film, entrepreneurship and more; enhance their personal “reel” or project portfolio; meet students and alumni transforming their entrepreneurial dreams into reality and network with students from all majors and degree programs.

Register here today!

Schedule for Fall 2022:

All events are held on Fridays at 11:30 AM.

  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 2
View the Fall 2021 overview below:

Warby Parker and The Black List Present The Writer’s Vision Grant

The Black List and Warby Parker have partnered to create the Writer’s Vision Grant, which will award $20,000 each to three aspiring writers in film, television, and theater.

Each writer will receive $20,000 to either film a short proof of concept based on their feature screenplay, develop a new theatrical work for the stage, or develop and write an original television pilot script.

The Writer’s Vision Grant will foster and celebrate scripts that harness and explore creativity, diversity, inclusion, empathy, and innovation in their storytelling. 

Writers are invited to submit their work for consideration by uploading it directly to the Black List website. Writers can opt-in to the opportunity until midnight on August 15, 2022. Though writers can submit work of any genre, the scripts should avoid violence, illegal activity, drugs/alcohol use, and overly explicit content. 


  • Submission Period Opens March 15, 2022
  • Evaluations Deadline (optional)* July 15, 2022
  • Submission Period Closes August 15, 2022
  • Short List Writers Notified August 16, 2022
  • Personal Statements Due August 23, 2022
  • Final Participants Notified September 16, 2022

* In order for new script evaluations to qualify for consideration for the Grant, they must be purchased by midnight on the Evaluations Deadline. Please note, purchase of an evaluation is not required for consideration. However we strongly encourage having your script evaluated.

This partnership marks the sixth year of collaboration between the Black List and Warby Parker. In previous years, Warby Parker presented Black List Live!, a series of live readings of unproduced scripts from up-and-coming creative talent. Previous live readings include: CHARMING by Elliot Owen, featuring Rachel McAdams and Adam Scott; SAVING CHAPLIN by Justin Shady, starring Jon Hamm and Randall Park; and EL FUEGO CALIENTE by Ben Schwartz, starring Schwartz and Don Cheadle. 



Warby Parker was founded with a mission: to inspire and impact the world with vision, purpose, and style.

Headquartered in New York City, the co-founder-led lifestyle brand pioneers ideas, designs products, and develops technologies that help people see, from designer-quality prescription glasses (starting at $95) and contacts, to eye exams and vision tests available online and in more than 160 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada.

Warby Parker aims to demonstrate that businesses can scale while doing good in the world. Ultimately, the brand believes in vision for all, which is why for every pair of glasses or sunglasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need through their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. To date, Warby Parker has worked alongside its nonprofit partners to distribute more than 10 million glasses to people in need.

Writing has always been an important cultural pillar for Warby Parker—the brand name is made up of two characters from a Jack Kerouac journal, Warby Pepper and Zagg Parker. In the past, Warby Parker has teamed up with writers, written and published books under Warby Parker Press, and partnered with the Black List to support up-and-coming filmmakers. The brand is excited to continue this tradition with the Writer’s Vision Grant.

Cleveland Public Theatre Hiring Multiple Positions

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is now hiring for multiple positions — click the links below for complete job descriptions. CPT will be accepting applications for these positions until the roles are filled.

For a complete list of job openings please visit this link.

CPT is a nationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Its mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking theatre and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through its annual theatrical season, featuring between 6-12 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, and CPT annually presents Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival. CPT’s annual budget is around $2.5 million a year. CPT has 22 full-time staff members. 

Cleveland Play House Hiring Multiple Positions

Cleveland Play House

The Cleveland Playhouse (CPH) is currently hiring for multiple positions.

See this page for full job descriptions and application instructions.

CPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CPH is on a journey to become an anti-racist theatre that actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Film Fellowships, Labs, Festivals and More | The Light Leaks

The Light Leaks (LLC) is a community hub that supports, empowers and educates female and gender non-conforming (GNC) filmmakers.

The Light Leaks is sharing an updated list of opportunities for creators curated by the TLL team. Scroll through to find fellowships, labs, festivals and more! And if you have an opportunity you’d like to share with the TLL community, please email [email protected].

Click here for current opportunities (fellowships, labs, festivals and more).

Black Film Space (BFS) for Black Filmmakers & Creatives

Black Film Space (BFS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the careers of Black filmmakers.

Their mission is to provide skill-enhancing opportunities, community building experiences and knowledge on navigating the film industry for people of African descent.

Black Film Space hosts events that include film screenings, panels, networking mixers, professional development workshops, skill sharing, and open forums.

Get connected at

Join Black Film Space every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30pm EASTERN TIME for their Virtual Screenwriting Workshops. During the meetings, they will read one 15 page (or less) script and offer constructive feedback.

If you’d like to have your script read, e-mail  after you RSVP. Submissions are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A Program

Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A Program
Created by Safe Sets International

This program is designed to communicate the most current health and safety information relevant to our community of filmmakers, producers, crew, and industry professionals. The materials have been sourced using reputable, science-driven resources and reviewed by medical experts.

While information for this particular virus continually develops, the science behind infectious disease control is relevant to many viruses – from common cold to pandemics – so the information in these guidelines should be adhered to moving forward. Additionally, all rules and guidance from municipal, provincial/state, and federal government bodies must be followed.

By completing this course and receiving a Safe Sets™ COVID-19 Level A certificate, you will demonstrate to your team that upholding a safe production environment is important, and that you value their health and safety.

Our industry practices have forever changed. Share this course with your team to help them understand the new protocols and practices for production. Our goal is to for everyone to practice safe sets!


Start Learning