When the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) got started in 2001, its primary vision was to showcase the work of emerging filmmakers and established artists who both contribute to and celebrate urban culture.
But, if you ask event organizers, they'll tell you that the festival is simply a great way to inform, educate and entertain people. And, we can think of few better ways to do this than through the medium of film.
GCUFF both inspires and uplifts people by showcasing minority films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes. And, it's been well received by locals and visitors alike.
What To Do There:
- Whether you're seeking documentaries covering heavy-hitting subjects like the bureaucracy of universal healthcare or just enjoy the side-splitting laughter provided by a comedy, the festival provides a number of genres and formats throughout its week+ run.
- While there are passes available for films, after-parties and receptions, there are some opportunities to check out CGUFF free of charge, such as a collection of free community screenings.
What Else To Do:
- Each year, GCUFF offers programs for local high schoolers and younger kids. The program teaches students the process of taking a film from script to screen with hands-on experience. At the end, some students produce short films or documentaries which are shown during GCUFF.
- GCUFF also hosts a variety of programming for attendees to learn from urban filmmakers, producers, casting directors and industry insiders during panel discussions, workshops and parties.