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'Bring Film Home': 45th Cleveland International Film Festival announces this year's theme

This year's festival will be held entirely online April 7-20, 2021 at clevelandfilm.org.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from October 5, 2020

The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced its theme for this year's online extravaganza: Bring Film Home. 

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the festival will be completely online from April 7-20 at clevelandfilm.org. CIFF says the "Bring Film Home" campaign will celebrate the connections that will be formed, despite being physically apart, when viewing the on-screen stories created by CIFF45 Streams filmmakers.

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The campaign was designed by the team at Type Twenty Seven.

“This year we wanted to embody the Cleveland International Film Festival community and reflect how—despite a physical distance—we are even more connected than ever," says Brittyn DeWerth, Creative Director and Owner of Type Twenty Seven. "By showcasing our homes as theaters, we reinforce the camaraderie that has developed over the decades, forming a neighborhood of like-minded individuals who have decided to “Bring Film Home."

The 2020 event, which would have been its final time at Tower City Cinemas, was also held virtually due to the onset of coronavirus. Organizers have said they will use this year's festival as a bridge moving toward the festival’s new home at Playhouse Square in the spring of 2022.

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This year's festival will consist of hundreds of films, filmmaker conversations and Q&As, audience voting, filmmaker awards, podcast episodes, and merchandise, as well as audience engagement activities and events. 

For this year, CIFF45 Streams is including two extra days – making it a 14-day presentation – for extended viewing. 

The lineup for CIFF45 Streams will be released on Friday, March 12th at 11 a.m. Tickets will go on sale to CIFF Members on Monday, March 22nd at 11 a.m. and to the public on Friday, March 26th at 11 a.m. 

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Editor's Note: The below video aired on February 11, 2021