The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) showcases regional, national and international urban culture and provides a platform for talented minority independent filmmakers, screenwriters and actors of greater Cleveland. GCUFF was established in 2012 and is dedicated to increasing awareness and dialog around important issues and stories from within our community, while offering educational opportunities to encourage and inspire students and individuals interested in pursuing a career in the film industry. We offer film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and community engagement opportunities. GCUFF is for you. GCUFF is for everyone!

The GCUFF Team

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    2015 GCUFF Schedule

    September 17-24, 2015

    The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival showcases ground-breaking documentary film by emerging minority filmmakers, screenwriters and actors in the greater Cleveland area and beyond.  The festival offers film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and networking events to celebrate and give voice to urban cultures from around the globe.

    Details on the 2015 festival schedule to come soon!

    • Thursday – 6pm Opening Reception and Film

      Opening reception and film

    • Friday – 9:30am - 11:30am Welcome & Registration

      Welcoming our Speakers, Guest and registration

    • Saturday – 11:30am - 1pm Film Festival Showings

      Film showings. See Festival Schedule

    • Sunday - 1pm - 2pm Film Festival Showings

      Film showings. See Festival Schedule

    • Monday – 2pm - 3:30pm More Film Festival Showings

      Film showings. See Festival Schedule

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When will the film schedule be posted?

    We are working hard to post the schedule as soon as possible.  We will alert the community through our email alerts and social media as soon as it is posted – stay tuned for details coming soon!

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    Where are the film screenings?

    The film screenings take place at the Shaker Square Cinemas, located at 13116 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120. (Phone: 216-921-9342; Map)

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    Where can I pick up my passes or tickets?

    You can pick your passes and tickets up at the Shaker Square Cinema box office.

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    Where can I stay?

    There are several hotels in the University Circle neighborhood, which is near the cinema: the Glidden House, Marriott Courtyard Cleveland University Circle, and the Double Tree Tudor Arms Hotel.

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