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Cindependent Film Festival: Nurturing the Queen City's Indie Film Scene

From Thursday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 26th, Cincinnati will be hosting a new independent film festival in three Over-The-Rhine locations. In its inaugural season, The Cindependent Film Festival will be showing works from filmmakers from around the world and hosting events that will begin what is hoped to be a wonderful relationship with the artistic community of the city.

The festivities will be split between the Mini Microcinema, MOTR Lounge, and the Woodward Theatre. Some of the exciting events that will take place over the late August weekend will be coffee chats with film directors, screenplay table reads, film masterclasses, and, of course, film screenings. The Cindependent Film Festival showcases filmmakers from not only around the state but around the country and the world as well. Screenings will cost $10 dollars each, but there is also one or three day passes that grant access to all of the programming, including screenings, workshops, meet-and-greets, and the day-of parties. VIP passes, that allow access into all of the VIP parties and events are also available. Information on prices and event schedules can be found on

The Cindependent Filml Festival is the first leg of programming from nonprofit, the CFF. When founder, Allyson West, first came to Cincinnati in 2007, she found that there was not an easily found art scene in the area. “I saw that we needed a filmmaker focused, multi- genre, multi-type film festival, and that’s what the Cindependent Film Festival is.” The Cindependent Film Festival is just the start of what the CFF wants to offer the Cincinnati area. Though unsure with exactly how just yet, their mission is to become a resource center for film in the city. This could mean a resource for local filmmakers, a place to show screenings, or working with out of town or out of state filmmakers that want to film in the area but are not a large enough project to work with the Cincinnati Film Commission. With a large draw of film makers coming to the area, this will be a great moment to showcase Cincinnati as a potential city to film in.

With a lot of exciting events planned and future prospects to offer the city, The Cindependent Film Festival will be an exciting time of music, beer, and most importantly, film.

When: August 23 – 26 Where: Mini Microcinema, MOTR Lounge, and the Woodward Theatre Ticket per screening: $10 Day pass: $25 Three-day pass: $70 VIP pass: $250

More information regarding the film festival, tickets, and the CIFF can be found on



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