Top 40 most similar films at CIFF40

Similarity ranking as computed by filmbot from descriptions listed at clevelandfilm.org.

Bricks
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When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences. A modern retelling of Gothic classic “The Cask of more

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The Cask
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An adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", set in modern-day California wine country more




Not Sophie's Choice
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When a husband and wife attempt to break some sad and life-changing news to their ten year old daughter Sophie, their disclosures are far from what anyone could expect. more

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2nd Life
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Madou Dossama a 43 year old immigrant husband and father of two young children attends a job interview that could change his family's life. more




My Enemy, My Brother
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Zahed and Najah are two former enemies from the Iran-Iraq War who become blood brothers for life. 25 years after one saves the other's life on the battlefield, they meet again by sheer chance in Canad... more

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Enemies Within
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In the 90's, during the algerian civil war, terrorism reaches France. Two men. Two identities. One fight. more




Stutterer
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4

Winner of the Oscar for Best-Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards, STUTTERER is tht story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face ... more

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Shorts Audience Choice Awards Program
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4

CIFF patrons determine the winners of these awards by casting ballots throughout the 40th CIFF. The award for Best Short Film Overall is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. more




Day One
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5

On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker. Day One was one of this year's five Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Fil... more

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Stutterer
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5

Winner of the Oscar for Best-Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards, STUTTERER is tht story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face ... more




2nd Life
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Madou Dossama a 43 year old immigrant husband and father of two young children attends a job interview that could change his family's life. more

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Not Sophie's Choice
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6

When a husband and wife attempt to break some sad and life-changing news to their ten year old daughter Sophie, their disclosures are far from what anyone could expect. more




Rosa - These Storms
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7

Rosa, a young Mayan woman, sits alone. She stares directly into the camera and for the first time has the courage to share her story. She has wrestled with rejection, forgiveness and the fight to keep... more

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The Guest
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7

A young woman home alone realizes there's someone else in her apartment. At least there appears to be... more




Scythe
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8

Amy and Tracy, two high school girls, reflect on their uncertain futures. After Amy decides to walk home, Tracy soon discovers that The Grim Reaper Killer, the town's most notorious serial killer, has... more

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Dreaming of Peggy Lee
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Two children escape their oppressive care home to sneak into a 1940's jazz club in London more




Loopi Gugo
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9

A story about two monsters, Loopi and Gugo, that the only thing they have in common is their love for ice cream. Loopi, a frenetic and very intelligent little blue monster, does everything she can to ... more

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Warning Labels
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9

Two workers for the Center For Disease Control meet for drinks, only to discover that love is the most hazardous thing of all. more




Clouds Over Sidra
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10

A VR documentary film that follows a twelve year old girl in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. more

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Another Kind of Girl
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10

"17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria." more




Where I Wanna Be
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11

In this short film, a young mother is slowly taken by cancer. She spends her final months with her 8 year old daughter creating vibrant life-size chalk murals on the pavement as a form of therapy. more

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Clouds Over Sidra
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11

A VR documentary film that follows a twelve year old girl in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. more




Stutterer
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12

Winner of the Oscar for Best-Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards, STUTTERER is tht story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face ... more

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Day One
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12

On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker. Day One was one of this year's five Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Fil... more




Fragile Storm
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13

A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about who she is and why she's really there. more

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Twin Falls
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13

A young boy goes on an adventure into the woods to escape the realities of growing up--blurring the line between his fantasy and his reality. more




"I Love You" from This American Life Videos 4 U
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14

Maia and her boyfriend have been dating for eight years, but they've never said "I love you." For Valentine's Day, This American Life helped Maia make a video to finally say those words. more

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Modern Love
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14

With the help of a blind date app, a lonely guy falls in love online, sending text messages. more




Eggplant
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15

Durian was born with his facial expressions opposite to everyone else's.The film shows a time span of this little boy growing into a young adult, featuring milestones in both his real life and his ima... more

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Twin Falls
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15

A young boy goes on an adventure into the woods to escape the realities of growing up--blurring the line between his fantasy and his reality. more




Where I Wanna Be
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In this short film, a young mother is slowly taken by cancer. She spends her final months with her 8 year old daughter creating vibrant life-size chalk murals on the pavement as a form of therapy. more

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Sophie
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16

In “Sophie,” the protagonist is abandoned by her mother and forced to come to terms with both her new life and her grandmother in this poignant tale of a crucial moment in a young girl’s life. more




Right Footed
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17

How many times have you complained about life, only to be told, "it could be worse?" It sounds clichéd, but it's completely true. Born without arms, Jessica Cox's future didn't seem bright. Her mother... more

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Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
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17

TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR follows a group of young soldiers in the Afghan National Army in 2014, around the time NATO troops began to withdraw from the region. With the burden now lying solely... more




Gear
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18

"GEAR combines live-action and VFX to tell the story of Mazzy, a young girl fighting for survival in the back alleys of the city, and her only ally: an old broken down construction robot named Three. ... more

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Goodbye, Ohio
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18

Lily is on the verge of moving to New York City but a last meeting with an old flame just might convince her to stay. more




Bricks
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19

When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences. A modern retelling of Gothic classic “The Cask of more

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Enemies Within
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19

In the 90's, during the algerian civil war, terrorism reaches France. Two men. Two identities. One fight. more




Waiting for the Sun
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20

The story follows Jeremy Andrews, a soldier recently home from Iraq, who is seeing a therapist at the VA for the first time. Questions come up about his adjustments to home life as well as readjusting... more

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Lila & Valentin
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20

Lila & Valentin is a science-fction love story. We follow Valentin, into the mind of his beloved Lila. He has to save her from coma. more




Pardon the Intrusion
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21

Housebound Betty Wallis receives her basic needs through carers, who visit briefly each morning and night. Soon however, Betty finds she is not alone as an intruder inhabits her home. more

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Minimum Wage
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21

Walking home from a horrible night of work, Kit takes a chance when a stranger mistakes her cocktail uniform for that of a prostitute. more




More than God
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22

A short comedy set in modern Ireland that follows the attempts of a pious doctor to uncover his wife’s suspected affair, but instead is confronted by the rigidity of his religion, the boundaries of hi... more

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The Wind in the Trees
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22

Struggling to comprehend her sexuality while maintaining her faith, a young girl runs away from home to confront her conflicting emotions. more




Good Luck Soup Interactive
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23

A transmedia documentary project on the journey of Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians before, during, and after World War II. more

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Enemies Within
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23

In the 90's, during the algerian civil war, terrorism reaches France. Two men. Two identities. One fight. more




More than God
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24

A short comedy set in modern Ireland that follows the attempts of a pious doctor to uncover his wife’s suspected affair, but instead is confronted by the rigidity of his religion, the boundaries of hi... more

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Not Sophie's Choice
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24

When a husband and wife attempt to break some sad and life-changing news to their ten year old daughter Sophie, their disclosures are far from what anyone could expect. more




Where I Wanna Be
Filmbot Rank

25

In this short film, a young mother is slowly taken by cancer. She spends her final months with her 8 year old daughter creating vibrant life-size chalk murals on the pavement as a form of therapy. more

and
Not Sophie's Choice
Filmbot Rank

25

When a husband and wife attempt to break some sad and life-changing news to their ten year old daughter Sophie, their disclosures are far from what anyone could expect. more




Where I Wanna Be
Filmbot Rank

26

In this short film, a young mother is slowly taken by cancer. She spends her final months with her 8 year old daughter creating vibrant life-size chalk murals on the pavement as a form of therapy. more

and
2nd Life
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26

Madou Dossama a 43 year old immigrant husband and father of two young children attends a job interview that could change his family's life. more




Across the Line
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27

An immersive VR experience that puts the audience on scene as anti-abortion extremists try to intimidate patients who seek sexual and reproductive health care. more

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Catatonic
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27

An immersive VR journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror thrill ride. more




Separated
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28

When a wind-up toy's best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever. more

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Alex & Sylvia
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28

When Sylvia, a successful scientist, must take over her grandmother's small-town bakery she discovers that life sometimes has different plans for you. more




Molly
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29

When their best friend dies, three girls decide to do "Molly" - the drug more commonly known as ecstasy, at the funeral. The drug affects each girl differently, amplifying how they mourn their friend'... more

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Wintersreise
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29

Walter is waiting at the last station of his journey through life. His family and friends all know what is best for him. But in the end they have to understand that his ending belongs only to him. more




The New Man
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30

Born to a large family in Nicaragua, Roberto knew the streets by age seven. His parents “lent” him to a refugee Uruguayan family who carried him off into the Sandinista revolution and into the militia... more

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Good Luck Soup
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“I don't want to be Japanese!” filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a predominantly white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew... more




The Cask
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31

An adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", set in modern-day California wine country more

and
Bricks
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31

When a stockbroker hires a rough builder to renovate the wine cellar beneath his country home, the two men fall out with violent consequences. A modern retelling of Gothic classic “The Cask of more




Another Kind of Girl
Filmbot Rank

32

"17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria." more

and
Clouds Over Sidra
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32

A VR documentary film that follows a twelve year old girl in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. more




Shorts Audience Choice Awards Program
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33

CIFF patrons determine the winners of these awards by casting ballots throughout the 40th CIFF. The award for Best Short Film Overall is accompanied by a $1,000 cash prize. more

and
Stutterer
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33

Winner of the Oscar for Best-Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards, STUTTERER is tht story of a lonely typographer with a cruel speech impediment but an eloquent inner voice who must face ... more




Rosa - These Storms
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34

Rosa, a young Mayan woman, sits alone. She stares directly into the camera and for the first time has the courage to share her story. She has wrestled with rejection, forgiveness and the fight to keep... more

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Bumblebees
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34

Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating. more




O Negative
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35

A sick young woman and the man who takes care of her find shelter in a roadside motel and take the necessary steps to feed her addiction. more

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Aden
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35

A man stays one step ahead of nefarious forces in the race to find a child who may hold the key to mankind's future. more




Rosa - These Storms
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36

Rosa, a young Mayan woman, sits alone. She stares directly into the camera and for the first time has the courage to share her story. She has wrestled with rejection, forgiveness and the fight to keep... more

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Entelechy
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36

A haunting experimental, docu-musical about global warming and changing the dream. A woman is guided by a dream therapist onto a shamanic journey through the inner and outer worlds of being. Within th... more




Fragile Storm
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37

A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about who she is and why she's really there. more

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O Negative
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37

A sick young woman and the man who takes care of her find shelter in a roadside motel and take the necessary steps to feed her addiction. more




Keeping Balance
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38

Denise, a 20-year-old girl, visits nearly every day the Viennese 'Prater' amusement park to take some rides with the electronic 'Tagada' carousel because it helps her to get over her difficult past. more

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Clouds Over Sidra
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38

A VR documentary film that follows a twelve year old girl in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. more




The Autumn of Zao
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39

Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, Th... more

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In Memory
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39

In Memory tells the story of a community's digital journey through the life, death and remembering of PlainWhite Tom, a Chicago street performer who tragically took his life on January 1, 2013. more




Nelly
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40

A car drives through the snow. Behind the wheel is Nelly. She is thirteen years old. Nelly wants to go home. Separating her from her goal are three questions, two keys, a diving tower and a racing hea... more

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Clouds Over Sidra
Filmbot Rank

40

A VR documentary film that follows a twelve year old girl in the Za’atari camp in Jordan – home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. more