Cleveland International Film Festival announces lineup of films in competition with jury

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Another preview of the Cleveland International Film Festival lineup arrived on Tuesday, when the event announced its slate of films competing in the festival’s juried competitions.

Three competitions will present 39 films. The competition groups are the Central and Eastern European George Gund III Memorial Competition, the Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition, and the New Direction Competition. Each winning film will take home $10,000, according to a press release.

Jurors for the competitions include Cinema St. Louis artistic director Chris Clark, “This Had Oscar Buzz” podcast host Chris Feil, film producer Holly Meehl Chapman and DOC NYC programmer Brandon Harrison, according to a statement from hurry.

CIFF also announced its award-winning artist, who designed the filmmaker awards. This year’s artist is Lo Smith, a Cleveland-based artist who specializes in mixed media works incorporating performance with printmaking and fiber arts. Smith’s work often centers around themes of black joy.

The announcements preview the full lineup for the festival, which arrives on Friday, March 4 and will include over 300 films in total. Tickets for CIFF will go on sale to members on March 11 and to the general public on March 18. CIFF previously announced its opening and closing films, as well as its centerpiece and some special prizes.

CIFF takes place from March 30 to April 9 at Playhouse Square. After the last day of the festival on April 9, the CIFF lineup will also be available to stream from April 10-17.

Check out the films in competition at CIFF below and find more information about this year’s festival at

Central and Eastern European George Gund III Memorial Competition:

“107 Mothers” directed by Peter Kerekes (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Ukraine)

“Brighton 4th” directed by Levan Koguashvili (Bulgaria/Georgia/Monaco/Russia/USA)

“Celts” directed by Milica Tomovic (Serbia)

“Firebird” directed by Peeter Rebane (Estonia)

“Gentle” directed by Anna Eszter Nemes, László Csuja (Hungary)

“Klondike” directed by Maryna Er Gorbach (Ukraine)

“Martin and the Magic Forest” directed by Petr Oukropec (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Denmark)

“Miracle” directed by Bogdan George Apetri (Romania/Czech Republic/Latvia)

“Murina” directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Brazil/Croatia/USA/Slovenia)

“No Looking Back” directed by Kirill Sokolov (Russia)

“Samuel’s Travels” directed by Aik Karapetian (Latvia)

“Unclench your fists” directed by Kira Kovalenko (Russia)

“Vera Dreams of the Sea” directed by Kaltrina Krasniq (Kosovo/North Macedonia/Albania)

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary competition

“Brotherhood” directed by Francesco Montagner (Czech Republic/Italy)

“Daughter of a Lost Bird” directed by Brooke Pepion Swaney (USA)

“The Exiles” directed by Ben Klien, Violet Columbus (USA)

“Fire of Love” directed by Sara Dosa (USA)

“The First Step” directed by Brandon Kramer (USA)

“Framing Agnes” directed by Chase Joynt (Canada/USA)

“From the Hood to the Holler” directed by Pat McGee (USA)

“Krimes” directed by Alysa Nahmias (USA)

“Mija” directed by Isabel Castro (USA)

“My Old School” directed by Jono McLeod (UK)

“Navalny” directed by Daniel Roher (USA)

“The Pez Outlaw” directed by Amy Bandlien Storkel, Bryan Storkel (USA)

“The Return of Tanya Tucker – With Brandi Carlile” directed by Kathlyn Horan (USA)

“We Feed People” directed by Ron Howard (USA)

New Direction Competition:

“Candela” directed by Andrés Farías (Dominican Republic)

“Clara Sola” directed by Nathalie Alvarez Mesen (Sweden/Costa Rica/Belgium/Germany)

“The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future” directed by Francisca Algeria (Chile/France/USA/Germany)

“Homebody” directed by Joseph Sackett (USA)

“Karmalink” directed by Jake Wachtel (Cambodia/USA)

“Nudo Mixteco” directed by Angeles Cruz (Mexico)

“Poser” directed by Ori Segev, Noah Dixon (USA)

“Quickening” directed by Haya Waseem (Canada)

“Soul of a Beast” directed by Lorenz Merz (Switzerland)

“Sublime” directed by Mariano Biasin (Argentina)

“Sweet Disaster” directed by Laura Lehmus (Germany/USA)

“Three Minutes – A Lengthening” directed by Bianca Stigter (Netherlands/UK)

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