Pass the popcorn! The Cleveland International Film Festival is lighting up Cleveland!

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It's Baaaack!

The Cleveland International Film Festival, now in it's 38th year, will light up the silver screens in Northeast Ohio.

11 years ago, the festival attracted 35,000 moviegoers. Last year, the film festival drew more than 93,000 people and had an economic impact of more than $4.2 million throughout the 12 days.

This year, there are more than 500 different events during the 12-day festival.

Patrick Shepherd, the Associate Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival says, "You'll find that a lot of people turn the festival into a stay-cation so they might live not too far away but they'll get a hotel room downtown so they can come and see as many films as they possibly can. There even some people that'll see 50 to 60 films over the course of 12 days."

The CIFF will also attract more than 200 guest filmmakers that come here from around the world. Some have never been to Cleveland before.

There will be more than 186 feature films and 168 short subjects that will have audiences buzzing.

"On any given festival day we'll have about 45 different screens that start about 9:30 in the morning and most days going to about midnight but on Fridays and Saturdays we have late night screenings as well."

The majority of the films are shown at Tower City Cinemas.

Shepherd says it's a great fit.

"It's central, you're surrounded by the Gateway District, the Warehouse District, restaurants, shopping, other entertainment and let's not forget RTA brings them right inside."

Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of the Cleveland Foundation and in celebration of their centennial, on Monday, March 24. Choose from more than 40+ screenings beginning at 9:15 a.m. with the last screening taking place at 9:30 p.m.

The Cleveland International Film Festival runs until March 30, 2014.

Complete listings, tickets and more information at www.Clevelandfilm.org

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