Columbus Veterans Film Festival
Young French Cinema
Stage and Screen
Columbus Documentary Week
From Book to Film
Sensory Friendly Films
Only at GFC
Nightmares Film Festival
Nightmares on High Street
Nightmares from the Crypt
Show Us Your Shorts
Abbott and Costello Collection
Mondays with Marty
Summer of ’94
Summer of Bond
Virtual Screening Rooms
Conversations from the Center
Columbus International Film and Animation Festival
Age Friendly Screenings
Film Festival of Columbus
International Sports Film Festival of Ohio
Ghibli at GFC
Name 10 Trivia
TV on the Big Screen
Awards Season at GFC
When films are equipped with audio description, headphones are available for patrons with visual impairment. Headphones are available upon request at our ticket center when purchasing a ticket.
(Please note that not all films are equipped with descriptive audio. Films we have received with descriptive audio are categorized on this page here.)
Founded in 2008, Hola Mexico Film Festival, the largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico, strives to highlight the best and brightest talents in Mexican cinematography. Spanning comedies, dramas, horror films and documentaries, the Festival showcases high quality films in a festive atmosphere in conjunction with exclusive parties and outdoor concerts. Celebrating its 11th edition, Hola Mexico Film Festival arrives at the Film Center on November 8, 2019 offering film enthusiasts a chance to screen many beloved Mexican films.
Gateway Film Center is proud to partner with the Columbus Veterans Administration’s Veterans Arts Initiative in hosting the first annual Columbus Veterans Film Festival.
Aimed at addressing the human experience of our active duty military community, veterans, and their families, admission to all CVFF films and activities is free.
To attend this free event, please register at this link.
This event is made possible through the generous donations of Veterans Service Organizations and Chalmers P. Wylie VA Community Partners.
Gateway Film Center is proud to host the Columbus Black International Film Festival on August 24 & 25.
The 2nd Annual Columbus Black International Film Festival will take place August 23-25, 2018.
The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally while, highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.
This festival will also provide an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in the city.
Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. This festival will showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.
For more information please visit columbusbiff.com
YOUNG FRENCH CINEMA is a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which aims to bring French films with no US distribution to art house cinemas, film societies, the Alliance Française network, and American universities.
Young French Cinema offers a selection of today’s best French films and filmmakers. The program focuses specifically on rising talents from France, from high-profile independent works, to powerful documentaries and quirky discoveries. This program stands as proof that this young generation of contemporary French filmmakers is—more than ever—a genuine melting pot with a global vision and an amazing capacity to combine cultural influences. Across a wide range of subject matter, their work is innovative in both style and storytelling. Most of the films selected in this program have premiered in the US in one of the top US festivals, but do not currently have US distribution.
Our Stage and Screen series brings you the best theater, ballet and opera performances from around the world on the big screen in the cozy confines of the film center.
A celebrated hallmark series only at Gateway Film Center. Once a year, we select the best, boldest and brightest documentaries from around the world and play them all in one place, for ten days.
We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 16th edition of Columbus Documentary Week (previously scheduled for March 19–29). This festival is core to our mission of supporting storytellers and amplifying the impact of their work. The decision to cancel and begin plans for our 2021 festival were not made lightly. We have begun conversations with our filmmakers, distributors, and community partners to ensure we’re acting in the best interest of the health and safety of our community.
Fun, kid-friendly spooky films with thrills and chills the whole family will enjoy.
This August, Gateway Film Center and longtime partner Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) are bringing this celebrated family film series online. The series will start Saturday, August 1 with weekly selections revealed on Saturdays throughout the month of August.
Designed to encourage a love of literacy and film at a young age, From Book To Film is Gateway Film Center’s signature summer movie series inspired by some of your family's favorite books. Since 2012, more than 21,000 Film Center visitors have received complimentary admissions to in-person screenings in the series.
The new From Book to Film from Home series features films that are all available online for free or on subscription streaming platforms. Also new to the series this year is a selection of short films adapted from books to accompany the feature-length films.
Many selections in the lineup are available on Kanopy, a streaming platform that Columbus Metropolitan Library cardholders can access free-of-charge. Those who do not have a library card can apply for one online. Families can access additional content through personal Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Disney+ accounts.
This year’s From Book to Film from Home program is supported in part by Puffin Foundation West, PNC and the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Gateway Film Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, receives ongoing support from the Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Campus Partners, and The Columbus Foundation.
Check back here on Saturday, August 1 for this week's lineup!
“We created From Book to Film to help fill a need for more affordable summer activities for families in our community,” said Chris Hamel, President of Gateway Film Center. “With COVID-19 cancelling in-person activities, that mission is more important than ever. By introducing this new online viewing experience, we hope more people can discover these great films.”
For families and individuals with autism or developmental disabilities, these screenings are presented at a lower volume with the lights kept up in a "no-shushing" atmosphere.
Tickets to the Sensory Friendly Screenings are always free and are presented in conjunction with OSU's Nisonger Center.
This project was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The last Saturday of every month, we offer child-friendly short films from around the world, paired with music by the Shazzbots, time for dancing and lobby activities.
Amazing restorations of iconic films, more vivid and the detail richer and sharper than ever before, thanks to our new ultra-HD projection system.
Gateway Film Center’s unique screening series of rare, essential and influential movies presented in their glorious original 35mm & 70mm formats.
The most complete line up of Oscar nominated films in the city, right here at Gateway Film Center.
The ultimate first-look celebration for the genre films we’re in
a frenzy to see. Geek Sneaks get you into the movie first, where you’ll experience them in the ultimate geeking-out atmosphere: parties, unique pre-show entertainment (think behind the scenes and rare footage) and themed drink and dining specials, with a group that loves the movie as much as you do!
We built our reputation for the best programming in the country -- and maybe the world -- on our exclusives. Gateway Film Center brings you the movies you have to see ... but can't get anywhere else.
Movies from around the globe, brought to the big GFC screen here in Columbus.
World Cinema is made possible with the support of Puffin Foundation West.
101 of the top films that scare, unsettle and disturb.
Check back here for title lineup announcements throughout the series.
The second Wednesday of every month, Fright Club records their podcast at GFC, followed by one of their favorite, lesser known-horror flicks. Happy Hour in The Torpedo Room at 6:30 p.m., then join the discussion at the live Fright Club podcast at 7:30 p.m!
Nightmares Film Festival is a destination horror and genre fest conveniently held in the heart of the Midwest: easily reached, easily navigated and inclusive Columbus, Ohio.
NFF sets itself apart from other genre fests by its deep year-round connection to the horror filmmaking community, which gives it the first line on the rarest, scariest, most daring and most unsettling films being created around the country.
Festival screenings are held at the world-renowned Gateway Film Center, named one of the 20 best art houses on the continent by Sundance. The film center’s dedicated team of expert projectionists – maybe the last such team in the country – oversees all presentation, to ensure every film looks and sounds its very best.
World-class screening facilities. Top-notch films. Filmmakers and fans being shocked and celebrated together. Nightmares Film Festival is a prestige festival and part of advancing horror filmmaking around the world.
The world's only weekly horror film festival. See a new hard-to-find, must-see horror feature every seven days. Seriously: no one else on the planet is doing this!
The best horror movies, resurrected from the past so you can see them on the big screen for maximum fright. Think greats like The Exorcist -- or better yet, don't. *Shiver*
Our iconic annual celebration of the master of suspense. Hitchcock's best, his rarest and the ones you missed: all October long.
Join us on the first Saturday of each month for locally-made short films at Gateway Film Center. Like an open-mic night, register your short film by email in advance, then come see it on the big screen with a voting audience. Tickets are $5 dollars, and the audience-chosen best short takes home the dough!
Here’s how it works:
- On the first Saturday of every month, filmmakers, friends, and fans gather in the Gateway Film Center – $5 to get in.
- Filmmakers enter their shorts the Wednesday before each event by giving the facilitator an online screening link – YouTube or Vimeo.
- A maximum of eight movies are screened per month – 10 minute max runtime.
- Submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- After screening all shorts for the evening, the audience votes on its favorite.
- The winner gets the door – all $5 covers paid for that night, with the chance to be chosen as the year’s best overall short.
In order to submit films for Show Us Your Shorts, video links should be sent to [email protected] with the following info:
- The subject line should read “Show Us Your Shorts – Your Name – Name of Film”'
- The body of the email should include your name, the name of the film, and runtime of the film, as well as a link to a video hosting website (either Youtube or Vimeo) which can stream your video. Only Youtube or Vimeo links will be accepted and videos must be downloadable.
Videos must be 10 minutes in length or less and uploaded on either Youtube.com or Vimeo.com. Filmmakers must submit their video entries by 6:00 p.m. the Wednesday before each Show Us Your Shorts date. All filmmakers must be in attendance the night of the show, and must be 18 or older to participate.
Tickets for this monthly event are $5 with shorts screening at 4:30 p.m., including a meet-up after the show at 6:00 p.m.
Gateway Film Center has created another one-of-a-kind maverick movie experience: For the very first time anywhere, GFC will present all 26 theatrical Bond films – including the two non-canon, non-Eon Productions films – chronologically, in one sexy series.
And even more extraordinary, every film will be played in restored 4K.
Join GFC for the complete theatrical Bond collection, presented in its most pristine format ever. It’s a double-oh summer of cloak and dagger intrigue, impossible action, hot cars and even hotter beautiful people … and of course, martinis shaken, not stirred. Summer of Bond, July 1 to Sept. 10 – only at GFC.
GFC's Summer of Bond is made possible in partnership with Svedka Imported Vodka.
Once a month, John DeSando and Johnny DiLoretto – film critics and hosts of the award-winning WCBE show Cinema Classics – choose an iconic film to bring back to the big screen. This is your chance to catch a movie that changed film history and inspired later favorites.
A Columbus tradition returns to the best holiday theater in the city!
The holiday films that define the season, whether you've been naughty or nice. Retro thrills versus the iconic classics, and add a dash of chills with Holiday Nightmares. Pick your list, or check it twice and watch them all!
Every week, even while we're closed, we'll continue to bring you new and interesting films from around the world. When you watch a film in our virtual screening room, our distribution partners share a portion of the proceeds with the Film Center. It's the Film Center, only online.
These films are being brought to you in partnership with over 27 independent distributors. And, new partnerships are being made every week. Thank you for your support!
Want to join our Conversations?
Step 1 - Register with your email at the ticketing links below.
Step 2 - Watch the films (all are available online).
Step 3 - Encourage your friends to join!
Step 4 - Mark your calendar
Step 5 - Tune in at 6PM on here or on Vimeo to watch our livestream Conversation!
This program is being made available for free with a suggested donation for non-members.
Your donation helps support our work.
We are excited to announce the first film festival in the United States and the longest, continuously running film festival in North America will now be hosted at Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, named a top 20 arthouse in North America.
The Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, an initiative of The Film Council of Greater Columbus, promotes and celebrates independent filmmakers from around the globe. Join us for the 68th year of exploring local, national, and global independent film!
Due to COVID-19, the decision has been made to postpone the first annual Cinema Columbus. The health and well-being of our patrons, filmmakers, special guests, volunteers, and staff must come first, and we want to deliver the highest-quality film festival we possibly can. We are monitoring the evolving situation and will announce the new dates as soon as possible.
Stay strong and stay safe, film fans! We’ll see you soon!
Age Friendly Screenings are movies presented with an in-theater experience designed for seniors, with lights up and sound down. Held on the last Tuesday each month, movies in this series are $5 and include a complimentary snack size popcorn.
The Film Festival of Columbus (FFOCOL) is happy to announce a new partnership with the Columbus Association of Performing Arts (CAPA) to launch Cinema Columbus, a new film festival that curates and celebrates essential new cinematic works from around the world. As part of this new collaboration, FFOCOL will fold into the new, annual festival that will hold its inaugural event May 7 through 17, 2020. Central Ohio's premier cinemas and exhibition venues, including the Drexel Theatre, Gateway Film Center, Lincoln Theatre, and other select CAPA venues will join forces to make Cinema Columbus the region's grandest annual film event and a centerpiece of Columbus arts and culture.
Take our ultimate fan test, returning every February with Punxsutawney Phil! Watch the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day for 24 hours straight and win movie tickets for a year.
Note: our iconic marathon sells out! Get your tickets quick and arrive early to lineup.
The International Sports Film Festival of Ohio (ISFFO) returns for its third year at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The festival includes films, speakers, and events that raise important questions about the ways that religion, gender, and nation separate us inside and outside of sports. ISFFO aspires to generate conversations about how sports can break down barriers, connect communities, and inspire hope.
For more information, please visit facebook.com/ISFFO.
In 2016, the film center presented Ghibli at GFC, a four-month screening series of anime giant Studio Ghibli’s films. It was the first time anywhere that the entire Ghibli catalog had been presented in order of release, and visitors travelled to Columbus from as far away as Florida and Iowa to see movies they couldn’t see anywhere else.
Now, the series has returned to the film center, which will run November 22 through December 25.
Check out the big brain on Brad! Come with a team or play pickup when you get here, then have a blast fighting it out to determine whose noggin is packed with the most obscure factoids.
All TV on the Big Screen presentations are free to the public, and free tickets are available exclusively on-site (while they last) beginning three hours before showtime.
GFC is your home for all the smart, stimulating and surprising fun of the screen awards season. From the Golden Globes to the Indie Spirits to the award season finale, the Oscars, GFC plays the contenders and throws the best awards show screening parties to celebrate.