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CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INC

aka Cleveland Film Society   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.clevelandfilm.org

Mission

The mission of the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, the CIFF presents the newest and best films from around the world and does everything in its power to make sure our audience learns something along the way — about our own community, about other cultures, about the topic at hand, and about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Marcie Goodman

Main address

2510 Market Ave

Cleveland, OH 44113 USA

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EIN

34-1262368

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The digital age has enabled the distribution of streaming international and independent film content to tablets, smartphones, and other devices. Industry trends indicate that more people than ever before enjoy the convenience of watching films at home, especially because of the enormous access provided by services such as Netflix. It is critical that the CIFF make the Festival as engaging as possible.

Festivals maintain a competitive advantage because of their engagement with filmmakers, actors, and actresses connected to films. The CIFF experience is enriched by the presence of more than 300 filmmakers and other special guests each year. The opportunity to interact with these guests adds to the vibrancy of the CIFF for our audience. And the opportunity to share their work with our audience and our community (through partnerships and outreach) supports and fortifies the filmmakers so they can continue to pursue their art.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FilmSlam

FilmSlam is the Festival's longest running educational program, which takes place on the seven weekday mornings during the CIFF. FilmSlam annually impacts the lives of young people (including over 11,000 middle, junior high, and high school students from 127 schools throughout 14 Northeast Ohio counties in 2019) by giving them the opportunity to see remarkable films by some of the world's most innovative filmmakers.

A volunteer committee of students and teachers helps select the FilmSlam program, which consists of documentaries, feature films, and short films. This selection process engages students in a meaningful and relevant project, allowing them to collaborate with their peers and apply their knowledge of what constitutes as appropriate films for FilmSlam attendees. And all films are linked to curriculum strands. Study guides (including an introduction to media literacy) are provided to teachers, and filmmakers speak after the screenings.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Students
Teachers

The CIFF’s Community Engagement Program builds and strengthens partnerships with other nonprofits and embeds our organization into the fabric of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and Northeast Ohio. The partnering entities agree to publicize Festival films in exchange for visibility at the Festival and a platform to talk about their missions and promote their causes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

FilmSlam Streams is the new online educational program for students in grades 5-12. Foreign language short films (in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) make up most of the programming, thus, giving students deliberate learning experiences in hearing how a foreign language is spoken. Select documentaries are also made available. All films are linked to curriculum strands, and live as well as pre-recorded Q&A sessions are conducted via Zoom with filmmakers.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, online learning has become a necessity for teachers who are being asked to provide more opportunities for experiential learning. FilmSlam Streams aims to fulfill this unique request by using film to help prepare students to foster critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and other relevant skills and habits of mind.

Population(s) Served
Students
Students
Adolescents
Teachers
Preteens

DReam Catcher is the Cleveland International Film Festival’s program and award, established in 2019 to honor the life and memory of David K. Ream (1949–2017), a beloved CIFF trustee. The DReam Catcher program recognizes a pioneering LGBTQ+ filmmaker and highlights a variety of films made by LGBTQ+ directors and featuring LGBTQ+ themes.

The DReam Catcher Award recipient will meet with organizations in Ohio whose missions support the LGBTQ+ community and receive a $5,000 cash award to support future work.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Groundbreaker is a program about the importance of racial equity showcasing feature films and short films to specifically elevate and support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) filmmakers and recognizing a BIPOC filmmaker and their work.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2023

MovieMaker

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid seats filled for screenings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In-person and virtual attendance for first ever hybrid festival.

Average dollar price of tickets to screenings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of screenings held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For 2020 this was the total number of streams

Number of competition winners declared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of works exhibited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

total number of films (features + shorts)

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FilmSlam Streams

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of FilmSlam/FilmSlam Streams students

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FilmSlam

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FilmSlam

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents

Related Program

FilmSlam Streams

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of schools that attended FilmSlam.

Average dollar price of entry to competitions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Call For Entry Fees

Number of competition entrants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total submissions

Total number of competitions held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In pursuing its mission, the Cleveland International Film Festival will:
• Set high standards for diverse quality film education and exhibition, placing artistic and cultural merit above commercial appeal.
• Connect and work collaboratively with an array of community partners to raise awareness of how film arts deepens understanding of the world and catalyzes positive change.
• Provide the best and most accessible audience experience possible.
• Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion while fostering understanding and appreciation of myriad cultures and values.
• Cultivate and maintain an innovative and forward-thinking organization.
• Embed our work into the fabric of the community.
• Promote a work environment among board, staff, and volunteers based on integrity, professionalism, teamwork, trust, and respect.
• Ensure the organization’s financial stability and increase its financial self-sufficiency.

The CIFF Strategic Planning process is an area of particular pride for the organization as we embrace where we are now, while keeping an eye on where we are going. Along with consultant Amy Morgenstern, the Board of Directors and staff review, revise, and approve our Goal Framework (strategic plan) and Scorecard (of metrics and milestones) on an ongoing basis.

The goals and objectives for our organization are addressed each year in our Goal Framework, which is our dynamic strategic plan. This living and breathing document contains our Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles, Equity Statement, and Goals and Objectives for these ten Plan Sections in FY22:

1. Film Festival and Additional Programs: To deliver and enhance all aspects of the world-class international film festival and additional programs we produce in Cleveland.
2. DEI & Social Justice: Incorporate social justice and inclusion in all core components of our organizational culture and all programming and operations, with special focus on racial equity, gender equity, and disenfranchised communities.
3. Audience Development: Attract, retain, and support current, new and diverse CIFF audiences.
4. Fund Development: Build a stable, more sustainable, and diverse base of revenue sources.
5. Financial Management: Continue to provide prudent professional management and Board oversight of CIFF’s financial resources.
6. Governance: Continue to attract and retain an involved Board that is diverse, accountable, supportive, and active in the community.
7. Professional Leadership: Support a highly skilled, diverse, and resourceful professional leadership team and a safe, respectful environment.
8. Technological Infrastructure: Obtain and deploy intuitive and accessible technology to conduct CIFF’s operations and present high quality experiences.
9. Our New Home at Playhouse Square: Pursue a smooth transition to Playhouse Square in 2022.
10. Plan Assessment: Continuously monitor and adjust CIFF’s plan and operations.

The Board and staff take great pride in the fact that the CIFF is a people's festival, as the organization has remarkably strong community engagement. Programming is guided by the interests of the patrons. Two volunteer-driven Selection Committees help choose films for inclusion in the CIFF. The majority of our awards are determined by audience vote. And our robust website and social media channels offer quick and easy opportunities for our stakeholders to share their opinions, experiences, and enthusiasm.

For example, all patrons, volunteers, and sponsors are invited to share content on Facebook (http://bit.ly/CIFFFacebook), Twitter (http://twitter.com/ciff), YouTube (http://bit.ly/CIFFYouTube), and Instagram (http://instagram.com/clefilmfest).

The CIFF remains one of the most significant cultural arts events in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Our attendance has topped 100,000 over the last five years. And while the cultural arts world converges to adopt and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (racial and gender), the CIFF has long answered this call with its history of programming that highlights all races and ethnicities. The CIFF also continues to break the glass ceiling of gender parity.

In 2022 we also looked inward to ways to enhance our organizational DEI efforts. This included working to identify and cultivate more diverse vendor relationships. CIFF also used greater intentionality to invite diverse voices and perspectives to CIFF through programmers and Board members - resulting in the most diverse group in our history.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INC

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Blake

Jules Belkin

Tom Cook

Harbor Insurance

Tom Davis

Hyland

Timothy J. Downing

Ulmer & Berne LLP

Lauren Rich Fine

Gries Financial LLC

Char Fowler

Debra S. Gold

Jinny Johnson

Gregg Levine

Ratliff & Taylor

Joyce Martin-Fyfe

Todd Mesek

Cleveland Museum of Art

Mark Smith

Covalent Advisors

Roy Turnell

Thompson Hine LLP

Jerry Frantz

JumpStart, Inc.

Joe Marinucci

Pamela LeRose

Huntington National Bank

Tim Piazza

Amazon Web Services

Nikki Jaworski

AT&T

Erica Merritt

Equius Group, LLC

Eric Patrick

Greenwich Biosciences

Moema Furtado

Joe Foley

Cannasure

Christine Hickey

Cuyahoga Community College

Tom Wilson

Lisa Durst

Eaton

Coleen Fisher

Dollar Bank

Dion Hudnall

Say Yes Cleveland

Lynn Milliner

MetroHealth

Zach Milvo

Thompson Hine LLC

Nadine Nana

JumpStart, Inc.

Julie Raskind

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.