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Virtual Screening

The CMU IFF presented an online screening of Ken Loach's award-winning film "Sorry We Missed You" between May 16-23, 2020. Additionally, the festival hosted a Live Discussion following the film on May 23.

The discussion was moderated by Brittany Zortman, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and was facilitated by Roger Rouse, a long-times scholar of labor and family life in contemporary capitalism.

Dr. Rouse has compiled a resource guide you can use to look further into the film and the issues it addresses, whether you participated in the discussion or not. You can find it here.

About the Theme

This year’s festival theme, Faces of Home, explores how people define home, and the actions they take when their home is in a state of instability. And although we often associate these places and groups with security and warmth, they may also invoke feelings such as anxiety and fear. Indeed, “home” is generally a mix of many of these elements, a focal point of jostling associations and desires.

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Short Film Competition

The CMU International Film Festival’s Short Film Competition (SFC) is an annual competition that aims to gather cinematic perspectives from around the world on a current social issue or idea. The SFC invites and encourages independent local filmmakers to submit a short film of their making that presents a unique vision, creates poignant conversation, and passionately and creatively captures the festival’s particular Faces theme.


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