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As part of the 45th Cleveland International Film Festival’s Local Heroes Shorts Program 2, Cleveland Heights resident Jessy Leigh’s 15-minute short film “Hobby” focuses on the absurd, but very real world of competitive hobby horse racing, an organized sport in Finland.

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The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival, which will take place online April 7 to April 20, has revamped its membership program, which is now open.

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The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival will be completely virtual after the festival’s board of directors decided the digital platform would be best during the COVID-19 pandemic. CIFF45 will take place April 7 to April 20, 2021.

Working its way through Jewish film fests is an intriguing new documentary called “Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance” that offers an in-depth look at the often forgotten historic alliance between African Americans and Jewish Americans.

If you are in need of one last excuse to purchase that coveted 77-inch OLED TV with 4k resolution and 5.1 Dolby surround sound, invest in a fully-loaded laptop or upgrade your mobile phone, here it is: the 14th annual Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish FilmFest, 2020 Virtual Edition.

The Cleveland International Film Festival’s new CIFF44 Streams program will launch April 15, and will give ticket buyers a chance to see hundreds of films originally planned for the festival.