CLEVELAND: The 45th Cleveland International Film
Festival (CIFF45 Streams) has come to a close after a
two-week online run, April 7 – 20, 2021, during which it
showcased 117 feature films and 182 shorts films, representing
63 countries. CIFF45 Streams is proud that 46% of its films –
including 49% of its feature films – were directed by
The CIFF45 Streams audience cumulatively watched 2,316,784
minutes of film with an impressive 51,216 streams throughout the
Festival. Based on an average of two individuals watching any
given stream, this means that CIFF45 Streams had 102,432 viewers. At this year’s Festival, a stream was counted if at
least 70% of the feature or short was viewed.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for our community’s support
of CIFF45 Streams. And we are incredibly happy for our
filmmakers, who were able to share their amazing work with so
many film lovers,” said Marcie Goodman, CIFF
Cash prizes for the Festival’s esteemed 34 competitions and
other awards totaled $114,500. Audience votes granted top honors
-- the Roxanne T. Muller Audience Choice Award for Best Film,
presented with support from the Callahan
Foundation -- to the
intimate and powerful documentary NOT
GOING QUIELTY, directed by Nicholas Bruckman (USA).
Among the top honors for short films were the three films that
will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of
the annual Academy Awards®, as determined by jury deliberation:
_Best Animated Short Award winner: Migrants,
directed by Hugo
Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte, and Zoé
Devise (France). This award was
sponsored by MP Star Financial.
_Best Documentary Short Award winner: The
Seeker, directed by Lance Edmands (USA). This award
was sponsored by Jules and Fran Belkin.
Live Action Short Award winner: Distances,
directed by Susan Béjar.
This award was sponsored by Anne
E. Bloomberg and Alan Gordon Lipson & Judy Harris.
The Cleveland International Film Festival is one of only a few
dozen film festivals in the world that are Oscar® qualifying in
all three short film categories.
All of the CIFF45 Streams award winners can be found here: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/festival/festival-guide/winners