The Columbus International Film + Video Festival

A partnership of cinematic proportions.

Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases independent student and professional films from around the world.

April 19 – 23, 2017



Signature Move, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, April 2017The 65th Columbus International Film + Video Festival — presented April 19 – 23, 2017, by Columbus College of Art & Design — is thrilled to announce this year’s opening film.

Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move (82 minutes) will open CIF+VF — the oldest film festival in the United States — on Wednesday, April 19, at the Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High St. on The Ohio State University campus).

Signature Move, which made its world premiere at SXSW in March, was named one of the 50 most anticipated films of 2017 by Filmmaker Magazine.

Here’s the synopsis: “A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim lesbian, to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother while taking up lucha-style wrestling, in this comedic and heartfelt look at love.”

“It’s a very culturally important movie,” said Jeremy Henthorn, executive director of the Columbus International Film + Video Festival. “It tackles a lot of subjects that are in the American consciousness right now. But at the same time, it is a really fun, really energetic film. It doesn’t deal in stereotypes. It deals in life, and it deals in struggle, and it tells a love story about a Muslim-American lawyer who not only finds love for another person but also finds a passion for lucha wrestling.”

The film also has plenty of ties to the Midwest. It was shot in Chicago, and the director grew up in central Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University.

“It’s always a special night when we get to present a new film by Jennifer Reeder at the Wexner Center. The films are audience favorites and embody so much of our mission and values as an arts center. It’s been so meaningful to be able to support the creation of many of them,” said Chris Stults, Associate Curator, Film/Video, Wexner Center for the Arts. “For her newest feature film, it’s exciting to partner with the Columbus International Film + Video Festival and CCAD to host their opening night screening and introduce audiences to this irresistibly charming film, fresh from its world premiere at SXSW.”

Signature Move Tickets

The Story

The 65th Columbus International Film + Video Festival will take place April 19 – 23 at Columbus College of Art & Design. 

The City

It’s not just our home city and the namesake of our festival. Columbus has an excellent story that we’re excited to tell. Learn more about the city here and find details to help plan your stay here.

There are plenty of parking options for your visit to CCAD. Our campus is in the heart of downtown Columbus. Learn more here.

The Process

Every year, juries made up of industry professionals view all entries to determine which films to include in public screenings. The juries select screening participants, awards and distinctions for each category. Awards of distinction are offered, when applicable, for Achievements in Education, Achievements in Technology and Achievements in the Arts, as well as other categories.

The Supporters

          Columbus Underground sponsors Film Festival, CCAD   GCAC       

The People Behind the Scenes

Jeremy Henthorn, Executive Director

John Beattie, Festival Programmer

Program Design, CCAD Student Agency

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