OTR International Film Festival to Announce 2023 Film Lineup May 23rd

OTRIFF_logoOTRIFF Film Activation & Film Announcement Party

CINCINNATI, OH – The highly-anticipated annual Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival (OTR IFF) is on again this July and will announce its full film line-up celebrating diversity, inclusion, disability rights, and our shared humanity on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. The event is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. An OTRIFF Activation will be held in the Fifth Third Atrium with a Film Announcement Party to follow at Fountain Square.

The Hollywood Red Carpet-themed announcement will kick off at 11am, featuring a fireside chat with the festival Artistic Director, tt stern-enzi, as well as the filmmaker and stars of the locally produced film “A Slice of Pie” . Information about the festival will be available and festival representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

Beginning at 4pm, the film announcement party begins on Fountain Square. Trailers for the 2023 OTRIFF Film line-up will be shown for the first time. There will be speakers, entertainment, giveaways, food trucks, cash bar and more. The celebration will end with jazz beginning at 6pm on the main stage.


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (Fifth Third Atrium from 11 am – 1 pm)
  • 11:00 am Activation Begins; 11:20 am Fireside Chat (Q&A at 11:50)


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (Fountain Square from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
  • Festival info, movie trailers, giveaways, food trucks, cash bar, entertainment

The program will feature speakers who will share their perspectives on why The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, brings the community together:

  • tt stern-enzi, OTR Film Festival Artistic Director
  • Blis Hanousek DeVault, Film Director, Slice of Pie (official Selection – OTR Film Festival 2023)
  • Kala Gibson, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jason Harris, Director of Strategic Operations, LADD
  • Molly Lyons, Festival Director

About Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
In 2022 the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival, presented by Procter & Gamble, was named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world (yes, WORLD) by MovieMaker Magazine. Experience the festival for yourself this July 6th–8th in the heart of the Over the Rhine district of Cincinnati. The festival, organized by leading disability services and advocacy organization LADD, is known as the nation’s premier inclusion and diversity film festival led by the disability community. The mission of this film festival is to create a sense of shared humanity through stories, conversations, and action. The festival’s vision is focused on giving a voice to the voiceless, empowering filmmakers who are more often than not forced into the margins of media and telling untold stories that deserve to be heard. LADD brings the annual festival to Cincinnati to continue reframing how we see disability in the entertainment industry’s ongoing discussion of diversity. Learn more at otrfilmfest.org.

About LADD
Guided by the belief that every person has ability and value, LADD empowers adults with developmental disabilities to live, work, and connect. Founded in 1975, the Cincinnati non-profit now supports over 650 adults experiencing disabilities through housing, employment and meaningful community engagement programs. The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, uses cinema as a tool to build empathy and create experiences for filmmakers and audiences that expands well beyond the screen. The Over-The-Rhine Film Festival, presented by LADD, held in the diverse area of Over-The-Rhine, is the first and only diversity-driven film festival led by people from the disability community. Learn more at laddinc.org.

About Fifth Third
Fifth Third is a bank that’s as long on innovation as it is on history. Since 1858, we’ve been helping individuals, families, businesses and communities grow through smart financial services that improve lives. Our list of firsts is extensive, and it’s one that continues to expand as we explore the intersection of tech-driven innovation, dedicated people and focused community impact. Fifth Third is one of the few U.S.-based banks to have been named among Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® for several years. With a commitment to taking care of our customers, employees, communities and shareholders, our goal is not only to be the nation’s highest performing regional bank, but to be the bank people most value and trust. Fifth Third Bank, National Association is a federally chartered institution. Fifth Third Bancorp is the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank and its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com.


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