The Cleveland International Film Festival will feature two new festival hubs when the 2019 film festival kicks off this spring.

CIFF West will debut March 28-30, the first weekend of CIFF43, with screenings at Near West Theatre and Capitol Theatre, both in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

CIFF East will offer programming April 4-6, the second weekend of CIFF43, with screenings at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History, both in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.

“We are proud and excited to establish residencies in two premier arts districts within the city of Cleveland,” CIFF executive director Marcie Goodman said in a news release. “Complementing our presence in downtown Cleveland with these additional locations will result in a very robust CIFF43.”

CIFF43 will take place March 27 to April 7. More than 500 screenings will take place at the festival’s longtime home base, Tower City Cinemas in downtown Cleveland.

CIFF East and CIFF West screenings are presented with support from PNC Bank. 

“University Circle and Gordon Square have experienced a tremendous amount of growth in recent years and have become gathering places for people from across the region,” said Paul Clark, PNC regional president of Cleveland. “The Film Festival draws such a diverse audience that it’s fitting to expand the world-class experience to these thriving Cleveland neighborhoods.”

CIFF43 program details will be available at starting March 1, and program guides are expected to hit newsstands the week of March 4. Tickets will go on sale to CIFF members on March 8 and to the general public on March 15. For more information, visit