Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Cleveland International Film Festival welcomes film critic A. O. Scott

[Press release from the Cleveland International Film Festival.]

The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival is thrilled to announce a CIFF Special Presentation: A One-on-One Conversation with A.O. Scott, which will take place Saturday,
April 8th at 2:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland. The Plain Dealer’s Joanna Connors will also participate in the hour-long program where Mr. Scott will discuss film, art, and the importance and evolution of film festivals.

Mr. Scott is the film critic at The New York Times, frequent contributor to the paper’s Book Review and Sunday Magazine, and a constant champion of film festivals.

Tickets are $35 and include a paperback copy of Mr. Scott’s book, Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth, which was published to wide acclaim in 2016. Mr. Scott will be available after the program to sign copies of his book (additional copies will be available for purchase).

Space is limited, so make your reservations by visiting

Mr. Scott will also be presented with CIFF’s inaugural Distinguished Award of Appreciation on Sunday, April 9th as part of CIFF41 Closing Night Ceremonies.

Mr. Scott was selected to be the first recipient of this award as a tribute to his genuine appreciation of film festivals — a topic that Mr. Scott has often written from and about.

Anyone in attendance at any of the films showing on Closing Night is invited to attend the awards presentation program at Tower City Center.

The 41st Cleveland International Film Festival, presented by Dollar Bank, will take place
March 29th – April 9th at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. CIFF41 program details will be announced on Friday, March 3rd at Program Guides will be available at all Dollar Bank branches, and throughout the area, the week of March 6th. Tickets will go on sale to CIFF members on Friday, March 10th and to the general public on Friday, March 17th.

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