Film Festival Calendar

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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.


February 23 to 27, 2022
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.


The Maumee Film Festival celebrates the art of creativity, film making and storytelling. It allows aspiring filmmakers the unique opportunity to see their work projected on a movie screen in the iconic and beautiful Maumee Indoor Theater.
Colony Film Festival
2022 Event TBD
The 13th 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.

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Committed to spotlighting the best in new independent horror from around the world. 

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The festival's mission is to inspire and encourage independent film makers through a competitive showcase, while presenting a great networking opportunity for anyone involved in the industry.


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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.)

Columbus International Film and Animation Festival
April 16 - 17, 2022
Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film and Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States.
Presented by Columbus College of Art and Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio.

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Each spring, Sylvania Arts engages with hundreds of its community members during the annual Tree City Film Festival. The festival was founded in 2012 with a 50 Hour Film Challenge. It has since grown to include Shorties U, a filmmaking workshop for youth, and free community screenings of the Oscar short animation and live action films. 


May 21, 2022
The FunMill Films Fest provides local Cleveland filmmakers the opportunity to show their films on the big screen at a lower cost than other film festivals. All films will be eligible for awards which will be announced at the final screening block.

2022 TBD
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.


Oct. 5 to 10, 2020
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”. 

October 15 to 24, 2021
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

October 29 - 31, 2021
CINEVENT is a gathering of fans of silent and early sound films, and of collectors of motion pictures and related items.
Started more than 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. 


2022 TBD
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 percent from submissions.

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