Cleveland International Film Festival receives NEA Art Works
Grant to support Education and Exhibition Programs
Dec. 17, 2013: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that the
Cleveland International Film Festival is one of 895
nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works
grant. The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)
is recommended for a $40,000
grant to support its exhibition and education programs.
Funding from the NEA will enable the presentation of the Film
Festival’s primary educational programs, FilmSlam and
FilmForums. The Film Festival’s longest running educational
program is FilmSlam, which takes place on seven weekday mornings
during the CIFF. FilmSlam impacts the lives of young people
(including a record 6,009 junior high and high school students
in 2013) by giving them the opportunity to see remarkable films
by some of the world's most innovative filmmakers.
A volunteer committee of junior high and high school students
and teachers helps select the FilmSlam program. 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.
FilmForums are moderated and interactive panel discussions that
feature filmmakers, community leaders, and scholars who are
knowledgeable about the topic at hand. FilmForums offer CIFF
patrons creative and unique opportunities to explore urgent,
relevant, and complex social issues. These are issues that
cannot and should not be ignored.
Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The National Endowment for the
Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts
projects that will take place throughout the United States.
Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or
innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities
and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the
Director Marcie Goodman noted, “The generous support of
the NEA makes it possible for our organization to fulfill its
mission of promoting artistically and culturally significant
film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of
the community. We are so grateful.”
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the
highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse
and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing
the livability of communities through the arts.
The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications,
requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those
applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $
listing of projects recommended for Art Works
grant support, visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival
presented by Dollar Bank will take place March 19 – 30, 2014 at
Tower City Cinemas in Tower City Center. For more information
on the Cleveland International Film Festival, please visit