Friday, March 8, 2013

Independent Pictures announces the call for entries for its 2013 Ohio Independent Film Festival, now in its 20th year of programs!

[Press release from Independent Pictures.]

Independent Pictures, the parent organization of the Ohio Independent Film Festival, announces the call for entries for the 2013 Ohio Independent Film Festival, held November 7 – 10, 2013 in Cleveland and Euclid. Submissions are accepted online via; filmmakers can also send an email to in order to obtain a downloadable entry form. Fees vary based on length of film and submission deadline (early deadline is July 1; regular deadline is August 1).

Filmmakers from Cleveland, from Ohio and around the world are encouraged to submit their short and feature-length films for possible acceptance into the Ohio Independent Film Festival, one of the leading showcases for independent films in the Cleveland area.

Additionally, all films submitted receive feedback and comments for the filmmaker! Headed by artistic director and Independent Pictures' founder Bernadette Gillota and Shaker Heights filmmaker/documentarian and Executive Director Todd Kwait, Independent Pictures is proud to be a leader in exhibition of independent films but also in training and education programs for aspiring filmmakers, particularly in the Cleveland area. Many films submitted to the OIFF over the years have gone on to be picked up for distribution, and many filmmakers have gone on to successful Hollywood careers. But, as Executive Director Todd Kwait points out, "Cleveland has a bright future in filmmaking and Independent Pictures and the Ohio Independent Film Festival are poised to lead Cleveland filmmaking into the 21st Century. By programming films entirely from filmmaker submissions, the annual OIFF not only has the opportunity to support more independent filmmakers, but also allows the Cleveland filmmaking audience to view films that might not be seen in theatrical release."

About Independent Pictures and the Ohio Independent Film Festival:

What started out as the Off-Hollywood Flick Fest accepted its first film submissions in 1992 and held its first screenings in 1993 in a small store front in Tremont. While the name eventually changed to the Ohio Independent Film Festival, twenty years later the submission process remains the same: all films selected for screening at the OIFF are submitted by filmmakers. Independent Pictures is also the proud parent of the Ohio Independent Screenplay Contest, the Film Production Training Program, the Director of Photography Workshop, Fiscal Agent Sponsorship Program and more. The mission of Independent Pictures supports emerging and independent filmmakers by giving a voice to those that might not otherwise be heard.

Independent Pictures and the Ohio Independent Film Festival are funded in part by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and by Community Shares, a workplace giving organization that supports social justice issues. For information on the Ohio Independent Film Festival, please contact Bernadette Gillota at 216-926-6166.

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