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Cleveland International Film Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 until Sunday, 07 April 2019

Oscar-Qualifier:

Best Short Narrative
Best Animated Short Film


The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.


 

2019 films...

Watch Out! (formerly 10% Cinema)

This long-standing sidebar (formerly 10% Cinema), features films focusing on issues, topics, and stories from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

Watch Out! Shorts 1

Running Time: 97 Minutes

Watch Out! Shorts 2

Running Time: 93 Minutes

50 Years of Fabulous

USA
Directed By: Jethro Patalinghug
Running Time: 82 Minutes

Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses throwing elegant balls with dazzling gowns and tiaras. The Grand Courts of Europe? No. The Imperial Court of San Francisco, the oldest LGBTQ charity in the world. Found by Jose Sarria in the 1960s,... {more}

Benjamin

UNITED KINGDOM
Directed By: Simon Amstell
Running Time: 85 Minutes

Seven years ago, young Benjamin Oliver wowed the critics and won awards for his first film, “Happy.” Now he is finally releasing his long overdue follow-up, “No Self”—an odd mix examining his inability to maintain relationships, coupled with Buddhist philosophy.... {more}

Carmen & Lola

SPAIN
Directed By: Arantxa Aguirre
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Everything should be falling into place for Carmen, whose gypsy parents run an antique booth at a local market. The gorgeous teenager is engaged to handsome Rafa and dreams of being a hairdresser. Yet her world is upended after she... {more}

Consequences

SLOVENIA
Directed By: Darko Stante
Running Time: 93 Minutes

After assaulting a young woman who questioned his manhood, Andrej, a troubled son whose parents cooperate with the authorities, is sent to a youth center. Supposedly a rehabilitative facility, the center’s staff is easily cowed by the violent youths in... {more}

Crystal City

USA
Directed By: Terrence Crawford
Running Time: 89 Minutes

WORLD PREMIERE Some call the 21st century the post-AIDS years, thanks to activism and new medications. New York and other centers of gay life have new generations of LGBTQ people who feel free and safe. Over the years, however, another ravaging... {more}

The Garden Left Behind

USA
Directed By: Flavio Alves
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Tina and her grandmother, Eliana, are undocumented immigrants living in New York. Eliana wants to return to Mexico, but Tina needs to stay in the States so that she can safely transition—a difficult journey for anyone, but especially true for... {more}

Knife+Heart

FRANCE
Directed By: Yann Gonzalez
Running Time: 105 Minutes

If Anne’s life were a film, it would be a sad one. Her film company, which produces gay porn, is devastated after several of its young actors are brutally murdered. She has broken up with her lover, Lois, who also... {more}

Leonard Soloway's Broadway

USA
Directed By: Jeff Wolk
Running Time: 84 Minutes

What will you do at age 90? Leonard Soloway is bringing a show to Broadway. Admit it. You just thought, “Who is that?” We are glad you asked. So is he. Leonard Soloway is an authentic Broadway legend whose career... {more}

Let Me Fall

ICELAND
Directed By: Baldvin Z
Running Time: 136 Minutes

A disturbing cold open marks the beginning of a long, arduous road for teenagers Magnea and Stella. Fifteen-year-old Magnea, an otherwise good student with a supportive, stable homelife, dabbles in temptation and finds herself enamored of older, mischievous Stella. Overshadowed... {more}

Light in the Water

USA
Directed By: Lis Bartlett
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Great waves can start with a little splash. Thirty-six years after its founding in 1982, ripples from West Hollywood Aquatics are still being felt across the social pond. Started by and for gay swimmers banned from their teams and forbidden... {more}

Man Made

USA
Directed By: T Cooper
Running Time: 99 Minutes

Welcome to the Trans FitCon Bodybuilding Competition, the only all-transgender bodybuilding contest in the world. This extraordinary documentary follows four brave and wonderful individuals as they prepare to compete at the event in Atlanta. They are from all across the... {more}

Rafiki

KENYA
Directed By: Wanuri Kahiu
Running Time: 83 Minutes

Kena doesn’t quite fit the mold of a typical Kenyan woman. She wears baseball caps, plays soccer, and is generally seen as “one of the the guys” by her friends. With no interest in becoming a housewife, Kena struggles to... {more}

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

USA
Directed By: Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Special Advance Screening What is the gayest film ever? “Rocky Horror Picture Show?” “Mommie Dearest?” How about “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2?” Thirty-three years after its release, the horror sequel is still regarded as a gay camp classic, full of... {more}

Simple Wedding

USA
Directed By: Sara Zandieh
Running Time: 88 Minutes

Nousha has a knack for sabotaging her romantic relationships. Her traditional Iranian parents insist she find a husband as soon as possible, perpetually setting her up with successful Iranian men who are anything but Nousha’s type. But when Nousha stumbles... {more}

Sorry Angel

FRANCE
Directed By: Christophe Honoré
Running Time: 132 Minutes

Jacques is 35, and the threads of his life are unraveling. His writing career is wobbling, he’s inconvenienced by having custody of his young son, Louis, finances are poor, and living with AIDS is becoming increasingly more challenging. To further... {more}

Wild

FRANCE
Directed By: Camille Vidal-Naquet
Running Time: 97 Minutes

Like an animal in the woods, a young male prostitute roams the city. He hunts the streets and the public parks for men who are eager to pay for his beauty and his services. This gives him food and occasional... {more}

Wild Nights with Emily

USA
Directed By: Madeleine Olnek
Running Time: 84 Minutes

Perceived wisdom tells us Emily Dickinson was a recluse, a spinster who rarely left home. Mabel Todd, who helped publish (and alter) the posthumous volumes of her poetry, helped craft that image while profiting from being the poet’s “advocate.” But... {more}