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35th Annual Cleveland Film Fest Breaks Records, Awards “Letterman” and More

35th Annual Cleveland Film Fest Breaks Records, Awards "Letterman" and More

At the end of the 35th annual Cleveland Film Festival, the fest’s Executive Director Marcie Goodman and Artistic Director Bill Guentzler celebrated with other staff members and the greater Cleveland community. The festival took over ten theaters in a multiplex in downtown Cleveland and experienced record-breaking attendance numbers.

Commenting on the record-breaking year, Guentzler noted, “Once again, the audience of the Cleveland International Film Festival has astounded the staff. With close to a 10% increase this year we have realized that our audience has embraced the very thing we are trying to accomplish. By embedding ourselves within our community by outreach allows us to program challenging films that sell as much as the typical ‘crowd-pleasers.’ There are no words to describe what this means to us as a staff, our aim is to make Cleveland a better place to live, and to watch it actually happen is amazing.”

The complete list of winners at the festival is below… Read more about the fest and the winners here.

Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film Winner
“Vincent Wants to Sea,” Ralf Huettner (Germany)

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition Winner
“Dying to Do Letterman,” Joke Fincioen & Biagio Messina (USA)

Central & Eastern European Film Competition Winner
“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” Florin Serban (Romania)

Central & Eastern European Film Competition Special Mention for Cinematography
“Venice,” Jan Jakub Kolski (Poland)

Central & Eastern European Film Competition Jury Mention
“The Ugly Duckling,” Garri Bardin (Russia)

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition Winner
“Steam of Life,” Joonas Berghall & Mika Hotakainen (Finland)

Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Competition Jury Mention
“Eleanore & The Timekeeper,” Danièle Wilmouth (USA)

Best American Independent Award
“Hamill,” Oren Kaplan (USA)

Cleveland State University Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film
“Carjack,” Jeremiah Jones (USA)

Best Animated Short Film
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg (USA)

Best Live Action Short Film
“Carjack,” Jeremiah Jones (USA)

Best Documentary Short Film
“Save the Farm,” Michael Kuehnert (USA)

Best International Short Film
“Drop Dead!,” Ame Toonen (Netherlands)

Best LGBT Short Film
“Same Difference,” Catherine Opie & Lisa Udelson (USA)

Best Ohio Short Film
“Girlfriends Club,” Dale Omori & Diane Suchetka (USA)

Best Student Short Film
“11 Weeks,” Dipesh Jain (India/USA)

Best Women’s Short Film
“Secret Friend,” Flavio Alves (Brazil/USA)

Rice Hershey Memorial Award for Originality

“Moving Day,” Jason Wingrove (Australia)

The Clover & Maggie Award (In Celebration of Life)
“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt (Belgium)

The Spalding and Jackson Award (In Celebration of Joy)
“God of Love,” Luke Matheny (USA)

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