The 39th Cleveland International Film Festival : A (Film) Festivus for the Rest of Us!

On Saturday, a friend of mine came to visit me in Cleveland for one purpose; to attend the Cleveland International Film Festival.

I took her to see Short Films.  I think that’s the best way to start.  First of all, it’s less “risky” (you’re likely to see at least one good film) and it’s a rare opportunity to see short films.  We sat down in one of the front rows of the theater, and a man and a woman sat next to us.  We found out a few minutes later that they were an actor and director of one of the short films!

My friend had a great time and was completely hooked on the film festival by the end of it.  (Another convert!)  As we walked out, she had a great point.  She told me she was so impressed with the fact that the theater was filled with ordinary people.

It’s a point worth remembering.  A film festival in a place like New York or Cannes is likely full of major players in the film industry or wealthy elites.  But in Cleveland, with tickets as cheap as $15 a seat, the average person can easily attend the film festival and see movies from across the globe as well as local films.

It is truly a (film) festivus for the rest of us!


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