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Film festivals offer filmmakers an opportunity to both showcase their work and network with peers. Many future collaborations were launched in theater lobbies and after parties.
They are also a great way for cinephiles to meet filmmakers, to ask questions and learn more about the craft. Similarly, after parties help loosen up those conversations.
Click through each title to learn more about the festival, how to submit your film and how to get tickets.
MARCHColony Film Festival
March 1 to 3, 2018
The Twelfth Annual Colony Short Film Festival is a showcase for independent films from all over the United States and across the globe, with a focus on featuring local and regional talent from the Ohio Valley. The Colony Short Film Festival features selections from emerging and established short filmmakers that have ranged from innovative to off-the-wall and quirky to provocative.
March 2 to 4, 2018
The Short. Sweet. Film Fest. strives to showcase up and coming filmmakers at the local, national and international levels who strive to advance the art of film.
March 22 to 24, 2018
Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio.
March 23 to 25, 2018
Committed to spotlighting the best in new independent horror from around the world.
April 4 to 15, 2018
The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. (In other words, we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way - about other cultures, about the topic at hand, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.) - From the website
April 9 to 18, 2018
Founded in 1974, the AIFVF has been presenting the best in international film for 44 years. Known globally as a festival that supports cinema from underground and marginalized populations, the AIFVF represents the values that we share as a community. It is a champion of justice and provides a voice for underrepresented artists and viewpoints on a global level. For four decades, Athens International has embraced experimental, narrative, short-form, feature length, and documentary films from every corner of the globe, offering filmmakers a stellar platform for public exposure and an environment that values artistry above marquee names and industry relationships. - From the website
April 27 to 29, 2018
May 17 to 20, 2018
The Glass City Film Festival celebrates the art of filmmaking, offers an outstanding selection of films, and empowers artists to use technology and creativity to share stories in meaningful and unexpected ways. They accept short and feature-length films, including narrative, documentary, and animation, and we encourage filmmakers of all ages, experience levels, races, and genders to enter their films, attend the festival, and enjoy Toledo, Ohio.
May 24 - 27, 2018
CINEVENT is a gathering of fans of silent and early sound films, and of collectors of motion pictures and related items. Started 50 years ago by a few folks who had a shared interest in watching films on 8mm and 16mm, it has grown into a Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together each year.
August 9 to 12, 2017
Oct. 3 to 7, 2018
The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is produced annually by Fevered Dreams Productions. Fevered Dreams Productions was originally founded by Chagrin Falls High School Alumnus and filmmaker, David Ponce, as his film production company. David was inspired to tell the story of Sparrow Village, an AIDS orphanage in Johannesburg, South Africa in a documentary entitled “The Lost Sparrows of Roodepoort”.
November 2 and 3, 2018
The Ohio Independent Film Festival was founded in 1993 by filmmakers looking for venues for independent work, particularly independent work from filmmakers who are not YET commercially successful. Originally called the Off-Hollywood Flick Fest, the event gained followers by offering audiences truly independent films they wouldn't ordinarily see: films that have not been picked up for theatrical distribution. The Ohio Independent Film Festival is dedicated to freedom of expression through independent media and is programmed 100% from submissions.
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