21 day Independent Film Festival covers previews and premieres of UK, American, European and World Cinema. Features, Documentaries, Animation, particularly indie films from Europe (East and West). Plus three Open Air screenings in Priory Park, Chichester.


Half of the programme is new and half is made up of retros, centenaries and tributes. Talks by filmmakers and tutors support strands in Festival. Visiting filmmakers, actors producers, critics, Q&As. Recent Guests: Ralph Fiennes, John Lithgow, Daniel Brühl, Elaine Page, Steve Coogan and Michael Radford all introduced their films.

Main auditorium 115 seats + studio 40 seats + Picture Palace 14 Seats + open air screenings + chapel for silent films with live organ.

There is no festival competition.
There are Audience awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary & Best Independent Film.
New categories may be introduced for awards.
Films eligible should be premieres, previews or new releases for the UK.


Films should be new (preferably previews, premieres or new releases) to be eligible for audience voting awards. We especially welcome works by women and black & minority ethnic directors.

We prefer to screen final show prints from a physical disc (BLU RAY/DVD) in either our Studio (seats 40) or in the intimate Picture Palace (seats 14). Downloading (4GB Limit) may also be available for selected submissions.

In exceptional circumstances a selected film may be screened in our main auditorium on DCP. 35mm is available for rare archive material.

Please note that films need to be sent to the Festival at the expense of the filmmakers.

We regret we have no budget to support film makers expenses if they wish to introduce their work. There are no screening fees, and we regret we are unable to offer any wavers for the Submission Fee.

Submission Fee is $16US (£12 approx).
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Overall Rating
  • Solaris Pictures

    Thank you so much for screening our film EVENING SHADOWS in your 2018 edition. It was a delight to have our LGBTQ feature screened at such an important mainstream film festival as yours.
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    July 2019
  • Michelle Gales

    The Chichester International Film Festival of new films and retrospectives of classics is ambitious and thought-provoking, a model of programming cinematic art. It was an honour to have been included in such an impressive programme of this festival founded by the Chichester Film Society.

    February 2019
  • Cautiva y Desarmada

    A wonderful festival with dedicated staff and audience!

    September 2018
  • A great festival in a lovely town. Guardians went down well. We would love to come back in the future.

    September 2018
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    September 2018