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Cleveland's 37th International Film Festival'scurtain went up at Tower City tonight (April 3).

The Festival will feature a record 345 films from 65 countries.

It's been expanded from last year's 11 to 12 days. For the first time, films are being shown in the surrounding cities of Akron and Oberlin.

The festival's stature as one of the largest in the eastern half of the United States is growing.

The films include shorts, documentaries, ethnic films, women's films, "green" films and more.

For the latest information about the festival, go to www.clevelandfilm.org.

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Opening Night Gala April 3

The Gala included the film at 7 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas, followed by a "THE KINGS OF SUMMER" party at 9 p.m. at MK Ferguson Plaza in Tower City Center.

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"The Kings of Summer" was made by Tyler Davidson, a local moviemaker of growing prominence who grew up in Chagrin Falls and now lives in Geauga County.

Last year, more than 85,000 film buffs attended the festival, pumping about $4.4 million into the local economy.

Brittyn Dewerth, who designed the artwork and logos for this year's festival, said, "It's energizing. It's educational and it's such a positive thing for Cleveland."

Festival promoters suggest those in Northeast Ohio coming down to Tower City take RTA, if possible, to avoid parking issues.

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