To assure that they accomplish the mission they have chosen to undertake, CIFF has set forth a set of Guiding Principles which I am including below for those who do not have time to explore the website itself.
“Set high standards for quality film education and exhibition, placing artistic and cultural merit above commercial appeal;”
“Foster understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and values;”
“Work collaboratively to broaden access to quality film arts;”
“Cultivate an innovative and forward-thinking organization;”
“Ensure the organization's financial stability and increase its financial self-sufficiency;”
“Promote among board, staff, and volunteers a work environment based on integrity, professionalism, teamwork, trust, and respect.”
If you live in the Cleveland area or have time to suddenly take a week off and drive a great distance, I encourage you to attend this festival. Tickets are only $14 per film. And for Monday March 24th every film will be completely free courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation. Check out this LINK, RIGHT HERE! CLICK HERE! for full details and a list of screenings.