Columbus Veterans Film Festival
Young French Cinema
Stage and Screen
Columbus Documentary Week
From Book to Film
Sensory Friendly Films
21 and Over
Only at GFC
Nightmares Film Festival
Nightmares on High Street
Nightmares from the Crypt
Show Us Your Shorts
Ohio Grown Film
Summer of Bond
Age Friendly Screenings
Film Festival of Columbus
International Sports Film Festival of Ohio
Ghibli at GFC
Name 10 Trivia
Reelin’ and Rockin’
Nina West Presents
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.)
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
“Sensuality & intellectual engagement,” “thrilling vibrancy” of “a booming new generation,” “emotional & carefree story-telling” distilling “a blend of style & intensity” ... contemporary French directors have consistently been singled out for praise by the international press in the last few years.
A program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 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.
Through our Green Screen series, we proudly present movies that make the world cleaner and greener. Learn what others are doing to make a difference, and get inspired to get in on the act.
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, GFC president and head programmer Chris Hamel selects the best, boldest and brightest documentaries from around the world and plays them all in one place, for one week only.
As one of the finest collections of docs anywhere, Columbus Documentary Week is often a bellwether for the Academy Awards, regularly screening all best documentary nominees before they are announced.
Fun, kid-friendly spooky films with thrills and chills the whole family will enjoy.
The beloved summer family film series returns for its eighth year in 2018!
Gateway Film Center has again partnered with Columbus Metropolitan Library to promote reading, family together time, and appreciation of great movies with our celebrated summer series, From Book to Film.
From May 25 – August 23, the series will feature a movie inspired by a great book every day, all summer long. Admission is free with a library card (up to 4 admissions).
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.
Shows and events for our customers who are 21 and over.
Tickets to 21 & Over screenings include admission to our 21-seat screening room and 1 drink ticket to private in-theater bar for $21 ($15 for myGFC members)!
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.
Kickoff on Valentine’s Day with Candyman (1992) at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Though winning short films will be decided by the audience in attendance each month, a panel of three expert judges will be assembled for a year-end event on Saturday, June 1, 2019 to decide the year’s overall winning short film and a winning screenplay in a new “Show Us Your Screenplays” division. Short screenplays (no longer than ten pages) will be submitted once annually by March 31, 2019, then reviewed by our panel of expert judges. The winning screenplay will be paired with the filmmakers behind the year's best overall short, with a $4,000 collaborative grant to produce the new short film. The newly produced short film will then screen during GFC’s pre-show program for one month for audiences to enjoy.
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.
Support for Show Us Your Shorts and Show Us Your Screenplays is made possible by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Film center-sponsored screenings that bring Ohio filmmakers an audience and let them share in ticket revenue.
Have an Ohio-grown film? Call us to schedule a screening today!
An annual screening of the best Ohio-made horror shorts.
As the home for horror in Columbus and statewide, once a year we collect and present the best scary, unsettling and frighteningly funny horror shorts from local filmmakers in one competition screenings. Winners get cash prizes and coveted screening slots before major studio features.
Introducing, for the first time ever, the original monsters risen to the silver screen. All January long on 35mm film and The Lagoon in 3D.
A creature feature every day at 2 and 7.
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.
Introducing our most ambitious program yet: a yearlong series of the best ignored-then-adored films of all time we're calling Cult 101.
With the help of a panel of film experts from around the country, the film center has identified the best cult films of all time – and will play every one of them over the course of 2017.
Screening times will be revealed each month. Special screenings – 4k restorations, 35mm and 70mm presentations, panel discussions and more – are planned, and will be announced on a monthly schedule.
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!
Double Barrel is back, with Joe, Manco and Blondie, in Sergio Leone's genre-defining Dollars Trilogy.
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 will often be paired with an event at the film center, anything from a Torpedo Room meet-up to a guest speaker or hands-on art activity.
What started off as nothing more than a repeated joke had given way to a full-fledged trilogy with the simple reference to a brand of convenience store ice cream cone. Experience the whole trilogy again, complete with aforementioned frozen confections, topping it off with Edgar Wright’s latest, Baby Driver, opening JUNE 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Following the success of the first six years, the Film Festival of Columbus is returning for an exciting SEVENTH year! We strive to raise awareness of film as art AND business in Columbus. We hope to create an experience that will bring a new and diverse cultural event to the area. The Film Festival of Columbus aims to bring people together, showcasing seasoned and rising filmmakers and extraordinary work from around the world all while raising awareness of Columbus and Central Ohio as a filmmaking destination.
For more information, please visit filmfestivalofcbus.com
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 second 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.
The first Tuesday of every month, the rock film series returns, hosted at the CD102.5 Big Room Bar. Get there early for trivia with DJ Brian Phillips followed by a GFC pick from some of the very best concert movies, music documentaries and more.
Trivia begins at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8:30 p.m.
A Sing-Along Film Series
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.
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