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Cleveland International Film Festival winners
More than 78,000 movie-goers attended the 35th annual Cleveland International Film Festival

Vivian Goodman
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       On the same day that Cleveland’s ballpark set its worst-ever attendance record, the  Cleveland International Film Festival posted the single biggest day in its 35-year history. More people went to the movies than to the ballgame Saturday.   This year, for the first time, films were screened in every theater at Tower City Cinemas,  the downtown multi-plex. Film festival board president Jules Belkin announced the overall attendance record:

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            CIFF founder Jonathan Forman
   Director of "Dying to do Letterman" Biagio Messina thanked his teachers at St. Columbkille, Parma High School, and Cuyahoga Community College.
The documentary won the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition. 
   Comedian Steve Mazan, subject of "Dying to do Letterman"  was pleased to make his first ever trip to Cleveland

Jonathan Forman (a member of the WKSU Community Advisory Board) with CIFF staff (L-R) Marketing Director Debbie Samples, former Exec. Director David Wittkowsky, Artistic Director Bill Guentzler, and Exec. Director Marcie Goodman. 

The Finnish documentary "Steam of Life" won the Nesnady and Schwartz Documentary Film Competition.   The film by directors Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen captured the comical and heartbreaking stories of Finnish men while they relaxed in saunas.   


Central & Eastern European

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Directed by Florin Serban, ROMANIA, SWEDEN


Judges also spotlighted the short animated film "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." 

Directed by Brandon Oldenburg, William Joyce, USA


Best Documentary Short Film Award

 Save The Farm

Directed by Michael Kuehnert, USA


Best International Short Film Award

 Drop Dead!

Directed by Arne Toonen, NETHERLANDS


Best LGBT Short Film In Celebration of The Life of Nikki Babbitt

 Same Difference

Directed by Lisa Udelson, Catherine Opie, USA


Best Student Short Film Award

 11 Weeks

Directed by Dipesh Jain, INDIA, USA


Best Women's Short Film Award

  The Secret Friend

Directed by Flavio Alves, BRAZIL, USA


Best Live Action Short Film Award


Directed by Jeremiah Jones, USA


The Rice Hershey Memorial Award for Originality

Moving Day

Directed by Jason Wingrove, AUSTRALIA


The Clover and Maggie Award In Celebration of Life

  Na Wewe

Directed by Ivan Goldschmidt, BELGIUM


Best Ohio Short Film Award

 Girlfriends Club

Directed by Diane Suchetka, Dale Omori, USA


The Spalding and Jackson Award In Celebration of Joy

 God of Love

Directed by Luke Matheny, USA



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