Cindependent Film Festival Awarded $10,000 Engage Cincy Grant

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Cincinnati Awards CFF with $10,000 Engage Cincy Challenge Grant!
Cindependent Film Festival wins big at annual Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit

Cincinnati OH - (March 10, 2018) - The Cindepedent Film Festival has been selected as a winner of the 2018 Engage Cincy Challenge, awarded $10,000 to be used to fund the festival taking place this summer, August 23-25 at the Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine.

“We are super excited to partner with the city of Cincinnati! We plan to use these funds to engage local independent filmmakers to network within the city and connect with other filmmakers all over the country,” said Development Director Angela Holman. “This will help us connect great people with great cinema this summer!”

CFF was one of only five organizations to receive the grant out of nearly 80 applicants.

Founder Allyson West and Holman accepted the award at a luncheon held at the Cintas Center. Councilmember Jeff Pastor and City Manager Harry Black gave West and Holman an oversized ceremonial check (see attached photos). Other winners included VIBE (Voices In the Built Environment), Neighborhood Flags,  MRC Street Studio and Summer of STEM Design.

The grant builds on fantastic momentum for the Cindependent Film Festival. On March 5, Executive Director of Film Cincinnati Kristen Schlotman spoke in favor of CFF at a press conference to officially announce the film festival.

The Cindependent Film Festival is presented by CIFF, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a home for independent filmmaking in Cincinnati, Ohio. CIFF strives to bring professional resources to filmmakers so as to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit of filmmaking. CIFF will provide community camaraderie, drawing filmmakers from around Ohio, the US, and the world, educating the community in the art and craft of filmmaking.

The Cindependent Film Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, August 23-25, 2018 at the Woodward Theater, MOTR Pub and the Mini MicroCinema in Over-the-Rhine. Submissions are being accepted through FilmFreeway until July 3. Official Selections will be announced on July 4, 2018: Cindependence Day!   

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More information on the Cincy Engage grant found here, here, and here.

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