Columbus International Film & Animation Festival announces 2018 lineup

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The oldest film festival in the United States has a new name and a new lineup.

The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, runs March 22 – 24 and features expanded animated screenings, along with feature-length films, documentaries, short films, and family-friendly cartoons.

The festival (previously known as the Columbus International Film + Video Festival) will kick off Thursday, March 22, with a day focused on animation, including a special edition of Malt Adult, an edgy collection of animated work curated by CCAD grad Sarah Schmidt, and Constant Space, a 73-minute stop-motion space opera that a filmmaker shot on 8mm film in his basement over the course of six years.

“Animation is taking off in Columbus, and that’s due in large part to CCAD’s amazing Animation program,” said Jeremy Henthorn, Executive Director of the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival.

CCAD Animation Chair Charlotte Belland said the festival’s new focus on animation provides recognition to deserving animated work.

“The supportive and engaged Midwest atmosphere is the perfect place to showcase these amazing films,” Belland said. “The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival provides a welcoming spotlight.”

The festival will also continue its tradition of showcasing family-friendly cartoons with two family-friendly screenings of Saturday Morning Cartoons from Around the World happening Saturday, March 24, at CCAD and the Drexel Theatre.

Not all films are light-hearted, though. On Friday, March 23, the festival mixes art and activism with a pair of films about human trafficking in Ohio: The Turn Out — a film set in Ohio and West Virginia that melds the testimony and talents of sex trafficking survivors, anti-trafficking activists, and truckers — and KNOW Human Trafficking, a four-part documentary that looks at sex trafficking through the lens of four survivors, a detective on Ohio’s human trafficking task force, and re-enactments of chilling true stories. Following the screenings, the festival will host a panel discussion on human trafficking.

Ohio plays a prominent role in a number of other films this year.

The Ohio Shorts session on Friday, March 23, features 10 short films with Ohio ties, and the Ohio Documentary Shorts session of Saturday, March 24, features Caught in Columbus, which looks at the rise of human trafficking in Columbus and CATCH Court, a pioneering, specialized legal docket aimed at restoring the lives of women who were trafficking victims. It also includes Breaking the Grade, which follows a group of students in Columbus who are given a second chance, including with Hot Chicken Takeover.


See the full lineup and buy tickets at columbusfilmfestival.org.


Tickets for the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival 

The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival — presented by Columbus College of Art & Design — runs March 22 – 24 at CCAD (60 Cleveland Ave.) and the Drexel Theatre (2254 E. Main St.). Tickets for Saturday Morning Cartoons from Around the World are free for children 12 and under and cost $3 for adults. All other tickets cost $8. All-access passes cost $80. For tickets and more information, visit columbusfilmfestival.org.


About the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival 

Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival is the oldest film festival in the United States. Presented by Columbus College of Art & Design, the festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio. It takes place March 22 – 24, 2018. For more information, visit columbusfilmfestival.org.


About Columbus College of Art & Design

Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States, offering 12 four-year undergraduate programs and two graduate programs in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level. For more information, visit ccad.edu.


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Columbus College of Art & Design
614.222.6162
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