April 3, 2013

Cleveland International Film Festival

The 37th annual Cleveland International Film Festival kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas. This year's festival is bigger than ever before, with more than 180 features and 165 short films playing on the theater's screens.

The film festival, which is held each spring in downtown Cleveland, strives to bring international and local films to the wider audience. The first festival was held in 1977 and each year has slowly garnered more attention. Last year's festival saw 85,000 people pass through its doors.

Dozens of films are played throughout the day on numerous screens. The films span all genres and topics, and often push the artistic boundaries of traditional films. The theme for this year's festival is "Be the Applause."

Tickets for the films cost $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online (until 11 p.m. on the day before the screening), by phone (877-304-3456), or in person at the festival box office (located in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas). Day of show tickets are only available for purchase in person at the box office.

The Cleveland International Film Festival runs from April 3 to April 14.

For more information about the festival, or to view a complete list of films being screened, visit Cleveland Film.