Cleveland International Film Festival features free screenings for students

Rebekah Camp, Contributing Reporter

The 38th annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will run from Wednesday, March 19 to Sunday, March 30.

CIFF will feature over 300 films and short films including: “52 Tuesdays,” a story about a mother’s transition from male to female and the effects it had on her teenage daughter; “Ivory Tower,” a documentary about higher education, questioning if it’s all worth it; “Heterosexual Jill,” a comedy about a woman struggling with her sexuality after an affair with a woman who she originally thought was a man; and “The Major,” which explores the dilemma a man faces after he accidentally kills a young boy with his car on the way to see his new-born son at the hospital.

From Thursday, March 20 to Saturday, March 29, all screenings between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. will be free to students with valid student I.D.s. CIFF’s college program ensures that students have the opportunity to experience the festival without worrying about ticket prices. Friday and Saturday screenings that begin after 11 p.m. will also be free. Other screenings offer student discounts as well.

To take advantage of this discount, students must present their I.D. cards to Duke Desk, located just outside Tower City Cinemas. Limited tickets are available one hour before screening and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

The full film schedule and additional information is available at  For more information about CIFF’s college program, email Jomo Benn at