About Us

Cincinnati World Cinema

Make visible what, without you,
might perhaps never have been seen.
~ Robert Bresson

Cincinnati World Cinema is an AVO (All-Volunteer Organization). Our mission is  to engage the community to explore the human condition and celebrate cultural diversity through cinema as an art form that informs, educates and entertains.

We present films that might otherwise not appear on a big screen in this market. This includes international, documentary, American independent, live-action and animated shorts and locally-produced works.

We believe in cinema as a collective experience on a large screen with a film community sharing a common bond extending from the onscreen experience to the discussions which flow afterward. To enhance the educational experience, our post-film discussions are led by local authorities, CWC staff, and/or filmmakers.

In the process of exploring the human condition, our films touch on a broad spectrum of cultural and societal issues. Films presented by CWC are offered in the public interest and do not signify organizational endorsement of any issue, cause or group.

Cincinnati World Cinema in the Press

Cincinati Business Courier
2021 Arts Organization Profiles

2019 Movers & Makers Magazine
Readers’ Choice Awards Winner:
“Favorite Film Presenter or Series”

Movers & Makers is a free publication spotlighting the citizens shaping the future of Cincinnati arts & culture, community engagement, education, healthcare, medical research, and social services. It is known as the “unofficial voice” of over 500 regional nonprofit organizations. This publication shares a wide variety of nonprofit news. The Movers & Makers Awards started in 2018 to give publicity to not-for-profits who produce inspirational events. Our readers vote for their favorites online. 

Under the Arts & Culture Favorites, Cincinnati World Cinema won the “Favorite Film Presenter or Series” award. “Based in its new home – The Garfield Theatre, downtown’s only art house cinema – CWC provides the community with outstanding motion pictures not normally available in the area – ones that explore the human condition and celebrate cultural diversity.” 

CWC is a film family. The Movers & Makers recognition would not be possible without the support of all the volunteers and individuals who support CWC & its films. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and loyal patrons for your continued support and encouragement..

City Beat’s Staff Pick: Cincinnati World Cinema

All Volunteer

CWC patrons describe our volunteers as welcoming and professional. They are talented, people who care about cinema and the community.

Unique Film Community

Our programming resonates with cinema buffs and mainstream viewers alike, nourishing intellectual curiosity with films for grown-ups.

Affordable & Accessible

We offer reasonably priced tickets and concessions. ADA acessible. Parking is ample and convenient; with many good restaurants nearby.

Curated Film Selection

We select, screen and discuss high quality films that would otherwise bypass the Cincinnati area.

Post-Film Discussions

Adding value to viewers' experience, we often host post-film discussions featuring filmmakers, CWC staff and/or local authorities familiar with the subject matter.

Historic Venue

CWC presents films at The Garfield Theatre, built in 1970 as a single-screen art house, previously known as the The Place, the Movieola, and the Reel Movies.

Happy Viewers


I would like to let you know how impressed I am that CWC has evolved into a quality offering in our community that rivals what I enjoyed when I lived in New York & Paris.

You give us films that enrich us as well as entertain us. I always leave the auditorium with thoughts, questions and comments and the evening always ends with a lively exchange.

I appreciate the opportunity to get to know you fine people and to contribute to the support of
foreign and independent film in this community!  Thank you!


Copyright & Fair Use Notice

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© 2024 Cincinnati World Cinema. All rights reserved.
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Most of the third party material on this site consists of still photos, trailers and related items provided by filmmakers, studios and distributors. In addition, this site contains some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We make such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of educational, cultural, human rights, economic, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a “fair use” of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.

In any event, CWC does not claim ownership of any third-party materials – all copyrights accrue to their respective owners. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond “fair use,” you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

If you see something on this site that belongs to you or should otherwise be credited, please contact us and we will verify and insert appropriate credit when possible.



Questions?   Suggestions?


Send an email, via the Contact page. or call (859) 957-3456.


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