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The 43rd Cleveland International Film Festival starts Wednesday. This year the festival includes the debut of the DReam Catcher award celebrating LGBTQ filmmakers. On this week's State of the Arts WKSU's Mark Arehart talks with the director and Shaker Heights native being honored.

Cleveland International Film Festival

It's time to pack your film fest bag! The Cleveland International Film Festival takes up residence in Tower City Cinemas from March 27 - April 7. Now in its 43rd year, the CIFF brings a wide-range of contemporary international, documentary and American Independent films to thousands of movie fans in Northeast Ohio. The Festival will showcase 211 feature films and 237 short films representing 71 countries during its 12-day run.

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The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, with hundreds of films from around the world.  For the second year , the film fest will also offer “Perspectives,” a free virtual reality festival running in a storefront at Tower City.  The response last year was so positive, organizers have expanded it from four days to 11.  WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with the film fest’s Mallory Martin, who curates “Perspectives."

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The Cleveland International Film Festival has released this year’s list of films, which includes a number of movies about Northeast Ohio.

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The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival opens tonight at Tower City.  About 200 feature films and 200 shorts from 72 countries will be shown over the next two weeks.

WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with Associate Director Patrick Shepherd about how the festival has grown from just eight films presented at the Cedar Lee in 1977 to a selection of movies, web programming and -- this year -- virtual reality.