CIFF46 Call for Entries Now Open

The Cleveland International Film Festival is now accepting submissions!

The 46th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will take place March 30-April 10, 2022 in its new home at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, OH. CIFF46 Call for Entries opens June 7, 2021 to feature and short films with a completed production date after June 1, 2020.

Following two years of presenting successful online Festivals, CIFF is excited to return as an in-person event in the largest performing arts district in the U.S., outside of New York City. Information about any online component of the Festival will be announced at a later date.

CIFF will continue to follow guidance and protocols based on science and community circumstances, in relation to the coronavirus. All Festival details (including dates, format, and venues) are subject to change.

CIFF45 Streams (April 2021) presented 299 feature and short films from 63 countries to a national online audience of approximately 102,500 viewers. Through 34 various competitions, CIFF45 Streams included $114,500 in cash awards to filmmakers.

CIFF46 will consist of hundreds of films, post-film conversations and Q&As with filmmakers, balloting, and 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, we are happy to report that CIFF continues 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 our Screening Team—a diverse volunteer committee comprised of 150 film enthusiasts assembled from our 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 CIFF46 requirements.

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

For all questions related to submissions, please see our Terms and Conditions or email our Special Programs Director, Beth Steele Radisek, at [email protected].



  • October 31, 2021 – October Deadline
  • November 30, 2021 – November Deadline
  • December 31, 2021 – Final Deadline
  • January 7, 2022 – Extended Deadline
  • March 4, 2022 – Notification Date
  • March 30 – April 10, 2022 – Event Date