The Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the longest-running film festival in the United States, is officially joining forces with Columbus College of Art & Design.

CCAD Interim President Kevin Conlon and CIF+VF Executive Director Jeremy Henthorn announced on Wednesday that CCAD will now run the film festival after the Film Council of Greater Columbus, a nonprofit organization that previously ran the festival, merged with the art college in December 2015.

CIF+VF has had a relationship with CCAD for more than a decade, with films from the festival being shown at the art college in years past. But the new merger will give the festival more resources and help it attract higher-profile films, Henthorn said.

“Having the name of one of the foremost arts colleges in the country along with the longest-running film festival in the country is really going to raise the profile of the festival overall,” Henthorn said. “And that’s going to give us a lot of opportunities to expose not just the Columbus area but also Ohio in general to the best independent filmmaking in the world.” 

Plus, Conlon said, the merger will benefit CCAD students, who will have a chance to screen films and learn firsthand how a film festival is run.

“It makes real our educational mission by providing a venue for students to be able to show their work,” Conlon said. “And it also serves as a way to draw filmmakers to Columbus.”

The festival has traditionally unfolded in the fall, but starting this year, Henthorn said, it will move to the spring. The 2016 festival will take place April 7-9 at CCAD and other venues in central Ohio. Last year, the festival took place Nov. 5-14 at CCAD, the Drexel and the Vanderelli Room.

Because of the shortened turnaround time, the 2016 CIF+VF will be smaller than in recent years. But Henthorn says the film festival is building for the 65th annual festival in 2017.


Columbus College of Art & Design teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the midst of a thriving artistic community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States, offering 10 majors in art and design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and business at the highest level.


Founded in 1952, the Columbus International Film + Video Festival showcases world-class independent films in central Ohio.


Jeannie Nuss
Senior Media Relations Specialist