The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (GCUFF) kicks off this Thursday Sep 20 and continues for 9 days, until Friday Sep 28.

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival was created with the artistic vision to present and expose the work of emerging talents and established artists who are contributing to the cinematic legacy as well as celebrating urban culture. GCUFF showcases minority films, which reinforces positive images and dispels negative stereotypes. The film festival provides a forum for the work of diverse filmmakers to be viewed and discussed. In addition to its cinematic showcases, GCUFF nurtures its attendees in a variety of disciplines, offering panel discussions, workshops and symposiums.

The Official GCUFF Launch Party is happening on Friday Sep 21 at 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (11400 Euclid Ave Cleveland). Meet and greet actors, directors, and producers whose films will be screened at this year’s festival. Party with other GCUFF supporters and staff to the sounds of Philly-based DJ, Rocdaspot. The Score will be hosted by Mark Mathews, DJ and co-founder of monthly dance party, Sanctuary Cleveland. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at

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Don’t miss these unique films, panel discussions and industry networking!

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