Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival September 12 thru 20, 2019

Blair Alexis

Located on the east side of Cleveland is the GCUFF. Film lovers know the acronym well but for those that may be unfamiliar, the GCUFF is the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. This nonprofit which was birthed in 2012, was established to celebrate, preserve, promote and advance African American arts, culture and cinema.

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival was created with the artistic vision to present and expose the work of emerging talents and established artists who are contributing to the cinematic legacy, as well as to celebrate urban culture. GCUFF showcases minority films, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes. The film festival provides a forum for the work of diverse filmmakers to be viewed and discussed.

In addition to its cinematic showcases, GCUFF nurtures its attendees in a variety of disciplines, offering workshops, symposiums and panel discussions.

The GCUFF Youth Film Program teaches the process of taking a film from script to screen like a professional, and showcases the talent of local youth in groups of 5-12 teenage students.  With the assistance of experienced filmmakers, the students write a screenplay and produce a short film or documentary which is then shown at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. The film/documentary is also submitted to other film festivals in hopes of inspiring more teens to get involved in the industry.

In addition to showcasing their films, there will be panel discussions that teach them to respond to questions about film subject matter in a healthy, confident and empowered manner. The Youth Film Program is currently housed at the East Cleveland Public Library on Saturdays from October to June.

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival will begin on September 12th, and run through September 20th.

Visit their website at to learn more, view the festival program, purchase passes, or lend your support.

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