Your Guide To The Columbus International Film + Animation Festival

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The oldest film festival in the United States is back again for another epic year.

From April 11-13, dozens of films will be screened at different venues across the city as part of the Columbus International Film + Animation Festival. The festival debuted in 1952 and has promoted film, animation, and video over the past decades.

This year, over 600 films were submitted for consideration and over 130 will be shown throughout the weekend!

Thursday, April 11 | 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

On opening day, the festival will kick off with screenings in Animation and Experimental categories. At 4 p.m. the doors of Studio 35 will open and the screenings will begin at 5:10. There will be a short break at 7, followed by the remaining screenings at 7:15 p.m.

Friday, April 12 | 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, Narrative, Shorts, Documentary, and Student + Ohio films will all have their turn on the big screen. Doors will open at Central Grip + Lighting at 12 p.m., with screenings starting at 1 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 | 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

On Saturday, the day will kick off with the always popular Saturday Morning Cartoons. This is honestly one of the best parts of the entire festival. This year, the cartoons will be showing at both Studio 35 and Grandview Theater, and it’s free for kiddos to attend. It’s the perfect weekend activity for the little aspiring filmmakers in your life! The cartoons will screen from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Later that day, the second round of Narrative, Shorts, Documentaries, and Student + Ohio films will show at Central Grip + Lighting from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. But just because the films end doesn’t mean the celebration has to. Once the screenings have concluded, attendees are invited to the After Party, where DJ Satele will be on hand to keep the party going.

Itching to see the full film lineup? Click here.

Need to know

So now that you’re sufficiently hyped, you’re probably wondering about all of the details. Well don’t worry, you know I’ve got you covered.

At Studio 35 and Grandview Theater, street parking is available around the theater. For the showings at Central Grip & Lighting, there is free parking at multiple parking lots on the campus, as well as additional parking at the North High Brewing production facility on the corner of Cleveland Ave. and E. 5th Ave.

Tickets for the festival come in many shapes and sizes. If you’re feeling fancy, you can snag an All-Access Pass for $24. That includes exclusive entrance into the full weekend of festival film screenings, activities, and more. Day passes are $12 and Single Admission (2-3 hour block admission) tickets are $8. Students are free, but you have to bring a valid Student ID!

Why it’s important

Columbus has made amazing strides towards becoming a more film-friendly city. By showing up to support an event like this, we tell the rest of the world not only that we value quality cinema, but that we know how to nurture it, create it, and help it thrive.

Every day, I’m reminded of how creative and talented this city is. This weekend will be no exception.

Since you’re probably in a hurry to grab your tickets to the festival, I’ll make it easy on you. All you have to do is click right here. When you see me munching on some popcorn, feel free to come up and say hey! But don’t be surprised if I look tearful. There’s always at least one film during the festival that gets the waterworks flowing!