The Cincinnati Film Festival is looking forward to its fourth year of bringing brave and beautiful films and their filmmakers from around the world to our wonderful city. Each fall, we bring around 100 films to the Queen City for an exciting 9 day event. Programming opens with a special invited film, includes screenings of shorts and features, narratives and docs, with filmmaker workshops, post-film Q & A sessions, and an awards ceremony. Although we are a relatively young festival, we have had over 800 films submitted from 34 countries, growing quickly to be a respected competition for filmmakers from around the world.
The 2010 event was our first official year based in Cincinnati. In 9 days, over 100 films were showcased across our 35 mile radius in 11 fantastic venues including Esquire Theatre, UC MainStreet Cinema, Clifton Cultural Arts Center in an effort to tie in the ‘burbs and ‘burgs of our greater Cincinnati tri-state region. We hosted 29 filmmakers from outside of our region, held 14 intensive filmmaker workshops, as well as post-film Q&A’s, partner screenings, and an awards gala at beautiful Memorial Hall. Our exciting program was packed with events including a film from NASA at the Cincinnati Museum Center, hosted by astronaut Mike Foreman and producer Matthew Mellis; a documentary on former CSO conductor, Paavo Jarvi screened at the Cincinnati Art Museum; a world premiere of regionally produced poker mockumentary, “Hitting the Nuts,” at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and wrapped up with a screening of the award winning films at Carnegie Center for Performing Arts paired with screenings of films from Cincinnati World Cinema.
In 2011, we brought 90 films to Cincinnati, keeping the festival walkable to filmmakers and their audiences in the beautiful Piatt Park district of Downtown Cincinnati. We screened films and held workshops at the historic Cincinnati Club and The Phoenix. Our partner screenings celebrated Film in Cincinnati Week at the Main Library, with a walking tour of well-known films shot in Cincinnati.
Our goal is to continue to engage the community while shining a spotlight on the city of Cincinnati with all day programming.