Friday, March 23, 2018

Win Tickets and Embrace Curiosity at CIFF42

Every spring, Cleveland is home to the Cleveland International Film Fest. Film lovers from all around gather at Tower City to be a part of one of the best festivals in the country. I look forward to this like a kid waiting for Santa Claus. The energy at the Film Fest is incredible - once you attend, you'll be hooked for sure!

This year the theme is Embrace Curiosity. So if you're curious what all the buzz is about, I'm going to give you some of my top picks AND give you the opportunity to win a pair of vouchers.

There is truly a film for everyone! 72 countries are represented and the films range from thought provoking documentaries and comedies, LGBTQ and local interest, to tear jerkers and animated shorts. If you are worried about subtitles, there are plenty of films without them. 

Here are three feel-good films that I am most excited about:

Tripped Up by Cleveland's own Laura Watilo Blake.
Tripped up is a fast-paced, action-packed documentary that follows Cleveland native Steve Belkin on a recent trek, giving viewers an inside look at all the exciting surprises that come with the Competitours experience. Inspired by a global scavenger hunt he participated in, he founded Competitours in 2009. The unconventional travel agency offers customers an opportunity that mirrors such reality shows as The Amazing Race. 

Anna has come to the tiny village of Puglia, Italy to fulfill her mother’s wish of scattering her ashes there. Suddenly Anna is laying in a hospital and facing possible murder charges. With the help of some villagers very eager to tell the story in their own unique way, the winding tale of Anna’s past is spun for the local police commissioner. Tulipani is the saga of Anna’s parentage, recounted with the magic of myth. It is a tale of heroes and villains, triumph and tragedy. 

Who doesn't love Mr. Rogers? This film looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

I bet you are curious about what other films will be at the CIFF. You can learn morebecome a member and purchase tickets.  

And you can win a pair of vouchers so you can experience CIFF42 for yourself or with a friend. Enter below using the Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday 3/30. You must provide a valid email address. Winner has 24 hours to claim the prize. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

* Disclaimer: I have been a CIFF member for over 10 years and currently work at the awesome firm that created their website. In addition to purchasing my own membership and tickets, I was also given vouchers for my own use as well as to give away. As always, all opinions are my own. *


  1. I love Mr. Rogers anything! It looks so good!

    1. I do too! I'm super sad I'm not able to see this one. It conflicts with other films I'm seeing. I hope it comes out on Netflix!

  2. I love your recommendations!! I actually love the short series every year. I'm looking forward to the comedy shorts specifically! I also love the Ohio shorts every year too but comedy is my favorite! Can't wait!!!

    1. Thank you! There will be another post with my FOODIE recommendations...and another giveaway too :)

      I love love love Shorts! They are my absolute favorite. I wish they would schedule more of them during hours that working people could actually take advantage of. So many are during the day and too late at night during the week. ALL of the Local Heroes Shorts are after 9pm - I'm so sad!!

  3. I'm interested in the Mister Rogers doc, too!

  4. I'm most looking forward to seeing Time Trial. It's about a controversial cyclist and his 'doping scandal'. As an athlete, I've always been interested with the sport of cycling and imagining the physical willpower it takes to compete at such a high level. Thanks for your top picks!

  5. I'm excited for the movie, INTELLIGENT LIVES, which highlights the myths about people with intellectual disabilities. I love a good-hearten movie that challenges a social stigma. There needs to be a change in the narrow ways in which society views disability and IQ scores.

  6. Thanks for the other recommendations. I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to looks at the other film choices yet!

  7. Thanks for the other recommendations. I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to looks at the other film choices yet!


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