Ohio Humanities to sponsor Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH— Ohio Humanities is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. In addition to serving as a lead sponsor of the annual festival, Ohio Humanities will sponsor films for distribution and awards at the festival, free public access across the state to sponsored films and panel discussions, and the development of the Big Watch initiative encouraging Ohioans to watch, discuss, and be inspired by documentary films.

“For fifty years, Ohio Humanities has had a rich history of supporting documentary film projects that tell Ohio’s stories or are produced by filmmakers with roots or connections to our state,” said Ohio Humanities Executive Director Rebecca Brown Asmo. “We are so excited to continue this tradition through our partnership with the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.”

Founded in 2010, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. A five-day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls, the festival has premiered numerous Academy Award nominees and winners and, in 2021, its audience exceeded 36,000.

“We are truly honored by this partnership with Ohio Humanities,” said Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Founder and Director Mary Ann Ponce. “Both of our organizations have a strong commitment to empowering documentary filmmakers and to sharing their important stories.” 

Ohio Humanities is a statewide nonprofit that shares stories to spark conversations and inspire ideas by hosting programs and awarding grants that support storytellers statewide, from museums to journalists to documentary filmmakers. For more information, please visit our website at ohiohumanities.org.

To learn more about the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, become a member, or volunteer, visit chagrinfilmfest.org. This year’s festival will take place in person October 5-9, 2022, and on the CDFF on Demand Streaming Platform October 9-16, 2022.

Contact: Kiley Kinnard, Communications Manager