2022 FESTIVAL

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

The 2022 Film Festival is our largest event and signature program. The 9-day event 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.

THIS YEAR'S THEME – "AFROFUTURISM"

Coined in 1994 by critic Mark Dery, the term “Afrofuturism” has become an essential framework for art about imagined and alternative Black experiences. As the author, Ytasha Womack writes, “Afrofuturism combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western beliefs.” Afrofuturist ideas have found fertile ground in film, 

Our series takes viewers on an intergalactic journey that stretches back long before the term existed, and far into the future. Spanning animation, documentary, and genre spectacle, these exuberant visions of Black creativity, resistance, and freedom …..


Curated by GCUFF, the series draws together films from … …and a selection of all-new titles, many of them available for streaming for the first time.