An extraordinary film festival experience presented by a network of central Ohio institutions all working together to champion independent cinema.

The first-annual Cinema Columbus Film Festival connects filmmakers, venues, and central Ohio independent film fans together to showcase a specially curated selection of new, independent documentary, narrative, and short films.

Presented by CAPA, in partnership with the Drexel Theatre and Gateway Film Center, and with additional support from Studio 35 Cinema and DrafthouseWexner Center for the Arts, and Film Columbus.

Cinema Columbus Film Festival to Debut

April 27 – May 1, 2022

See the full Festival lineup

See Festival selections at the Film Center at the links below.


2022 Film Columbus Summit on Film and Entertainment — April 28 at 1pm

Join Film Columbus and the Greater Columbus Arts Council for a lively discussion on the present and future state of film in Columbus.


The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain — April 28 at 7pm

Theatrical Premiere | Based on the true story of events that led to the death of an elderly Black veteran.
With co-producer Julianna Politsky in attendance


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On — April 30 at 2pm

Ohio Premiere | Marcel gets his big-screen debut in a hilarious and heartwarming story.


Bad Axe — April 30 at 4:30pm

Ohio Premiere | 2020 unfolds for an Asian-American family in Trump’s rural America.


Kaepernick & America — April 30 at 7pm

Ohio Premiere | The story of one man and the protest that sparked a national debate.
Accompanied by short Walls Cannot Keep Us From Flying


Vortex — April 30 at 9:30pm

Ohio Premiere | Gaspar Noé’s split-screen meditation on mortality follows the last days of an elderly couple stricken by dementia.
Accompanied by short Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit


Calendar Girls — May 1 at 2pm

Florida’s most dedicated dance team shakes up the outdated image of “the little old lady”.


Women-Directed Shorts Block — May 1 at 4:30pm

Seven remarkable documentary and narrative short films directed by women.
Accompanied by a post-show Q&A


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