The 17th edition of the Cleveland Intl. Film Festival wrapped with a 22% increase in attendance — or 22,000 customers during the 11-day event.
Celebrating its third year downtown at Hoyts Tower City Cinemas, the fest benefited from a three-year marketing grant from the Cleveland Foundation to promote the new site. This year, event ran April 15-25; next year’s fest is scheduled at the same location, April 7-17.
The Roxanne T. Mueller Award for best film in the festival went to Miramax’s “Into the West,” directed by Mike Newell.
It was the helmer’s second win in a row, as last year Cleveland presented him with the Mueller award for “Enchanted April.” Miramax has won four out of six times since 1988.
Among other winners were Andrew Black’s “Crossing the Bar,” getting the Michael J. Eden award for best Ohio film (a short); and Barry Purves’s “Screen Play,” cited William A. Silverman award for best short film.