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Hybrid Program for Columbus International Film + Animation Festival’s 69th Year

Hope Madden Hope Madden Hybrid Program for Columbus International Film + Animation Festival’s 69th Year

It’s been 69 years, and a second straight season of pandemic wasn’t about to slow down the Columbus International Film + Animation Festival. Executive Director Cristyn Steward will take the best of last year’s digital approach, combine it with some much-missed live viewing, and share dozens of the world’s best shorts, features and animation this […]

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Columbus Black International Film Festival Goes Virtual

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus Black International Film Festival Goes Virtual

One of many adjustments 2020 has required affects film festivals. Even though theaters across Columbus are now beginning to screen films to live audiences, the pandemic has made the planning and execution of large festivals all but impossible. It’s a wild new world, isn’t it? Not to Cristyn Steward. She’s a veteran, having navigated these […]

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Columbus International Animation + Film Festival Goes Virtual

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus International Animation + Film Festival Goes Virtual

For 67 years, the Columbus International Film Festival has brought remarkable shorts and animation as well as narrative and documentary features to Columbus. That’s the longest-running film festival in the country. A little quarantine was not going to wreck their streak. According to Cristyn Steward, executive director of the Columbus International Animation and Film Festival, […]

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Columbus Black International Film Festival Returns for a Third Year

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus Black International Film Festival Returns for a Third Year

Returning for its third year, the Columbus Black International Film Festival kicks off a weekend of films, speakers, networking events and activities this Thursday, August 22. The festival’s theme this year is Black Infinity. “Infinity kind of came to me after the last film festival ended,” says Cristyn Steward, film festival director and founder. “Infinity […]

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Columbus Makes Art Presents Michael Artis on His New Unromantic Comedy Web Series

Cristyn Steward Cristyn Steward Columbus Makes Art Presents Michael Artis on His New Unromantic Comedy Web Series

Michael “Eagle” Artis is an African-American film director, producer, writer and actor, as well as the Creative Executive Officer of his own production company Artis Creative. He has both appeared in and worked behind the camera of several feature films including the soon to be released A Family Affair as well as Holy Hustle, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. This year Artis is premiering his […]

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Columbus Black International Film Festival Returns August 23-25

Hope Madden Hope Madden Columbus Black International Film Festival Returns August 23-25

It’s been a year since Cristyn Steward launched the Columbus Black International Film Festival. Does running a film festival get easier in its second year? In a word: No. “It’s easier in terms of navigating what needs to get done and how and when,” Steward says. “This year it was more of that. I know […]

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Inaugural Black International Film Festival Opens This Weekend

Hope Madden Hope Madden Inaugural Black International Film Festival Opens This Weekend

This weekend marks the opening of the first – and hopefully annual – Columbus Black International Film Festival, a program designed to address the “lack of representation of black independent film in the current Columbus film festivals and the need for inclusiveness in the film scene,” says festival director, founder and CEO Cristyn Steward. A […]

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