NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Pandamic CIFF 2021 will be held at Harkins Theater (limited seating) + Drive-in Theater + Virtual Screening.

The Chandler International Film Festival is a diversified and pioneering film festival located in Chandler, Arizona. CIFF is going to screen over 120 films from more than 35 countries! Our 4-day (January 21-24, 2021) festival will include Red Carpet, Opening Ceremony, World Premiers, Award Ceremony, Networking, Workshops, Q&A and After Parties.

Chandler International Film Festival is merging with the 26th Chandler Multicultural Festival where attendees will watch a special outdoor screening on the Chandler Downtown Stage.

We provide excellent service to filmmakers as each filmmaker is part of our growing CIFF family and we are happy to assist from the stage of submission to the end result at the Annual Event.

Our Mission:
With a passion for the art of filmmaking, the Chandler International Film Festival aims to support independent filmmakers from all over the world and their filmmaking. We provide a platform through which projects are reviewed, judged, and honored for their uniqueness, creativity, and storytelling ability.

"Thank you very much for organizing an amazing festival. We had a wonderful time and met many nice people. Your festival was very professional and well attended. At times, I felt as if I was at the Academy Awards in Hollywood! I hope to see you next year as we have already begun our next feature." - Michael Domino

"I know it's weird to give five stars for everything, but I would give ten if I could. Chandler International Film Festival was one of the best festivals. Great programming, wonderful people, perfect communication, and a lot of fun. If you miss this festival you REALLY MISSED A LOT. Chandler really is a festival for filmmakers and people who love movies. Thank you for having me." - Bradford Uyeda

"Everything was top notch, from the communication to the movies, to the amazing award ceremony with those 30-pound trophies. I didn't win one, but it made me want to try harder next time, and there will be a next time." - Jim Politano

"Very good film fest, I think it will become a Oscar Qualify festival. I'm gald that I have been selected to screen in the annual event." - Han Zhang

Awards & Prizes:
We award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process.
Official Selection of CIFF receives an Official Selection laurel. All Winners receive laurel and trophy.

Filmmakers will have access to the annual festival screening in January, Red Carpet Interviews, Awards Ceremony and Networking opportunities in Chandler, Arizona.

Rules & Regulations:
1. Premiere Requirements: All films must have never been screened in the state of Arizona.

1. The competition is open to International entries. Please check individual categories and submit suitable categories to your project.

2. Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 40 minutes in length. We reserve the right to watch a minimum of 30 minutes of all films in order to reach a decision. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles. Feature screenplays must be between 60 and 130 pages in length. Short screenplays must be between 1 and 45 pages in length.

3. Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2016.

4. Films previously entered into and screened at our festival are not eligible for re-entry in subsequent years.

5. Films that are "Not Accepted" will not screen at the Annual Event or receive laurels. Only Official Selection WILL screen at the Annual Event.

6. Works in progress are accepted but are not encouraged. We cannot promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to the final deadline.

7. CIFF confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and /or at any other Festival event. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter of such material is used in Festival promotion. The Original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.

8. You may submit multiple entries but must pay an entry fee for each.

9. Scripts are eligible to receive laurels and optional awards but do not show at the annual event.

10. No refunds will be given. The submitter can not withdraw the film after the final official selection.

About our Waiver Policy:
We believe in a fair policy for each and every filmmaker. We try to keep reasonable fees for all submissions and we offer regular discounts to students and new filmmakers, however, no waivers at this stage.

Overall Rating
  • Our team drove out to Chandler from Los Angeles, CA and we were not disappointed! The festival attracted a great crowd and the large theaters were nearly full for every block of films! The filmmaker mixers were fantastic and we met some wonderful people. Highly recommend this fest.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Allisyn,
    Thanks for your kind remarks. We are glad you and your team enjoyed our festival and your trip to Arizona.

  • Mark C. Spera

    Thank you so much Chandler for selecting my feature 'Transference' as a Finalist in your contest. Truly enjoyed the films and the star guests that attended your festival. Awards night was great! Again, many thanks. I look forward to submitting again next year.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for submitting your great film to our festival. We hope to see you again at the Chandler International Film Festival.

  • Denis Wong

    A wonderful experience in a fast growing region that values the arts. A Festival to keep an eye on.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Denis,
    Thank you for your positive response to our film festival. We hope to see you again next year.

  • What a spectacular film festival. Well organized, great support, and so much fun to connect with other filmmakers. What an experience. I thoroughly enjoyed premiering my documentary 50 Shades of Silence at Chandler International Film Festival. And to walk away with the award for Best Short Documentary was mind-blowing. Thank you for "putting on the Ritz!"

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Darieth,
    So happy you enjoyed your time at our festival. Congratulations on your big win. We look forward to seeing you again.

  • Tony Macías

    I want to thank The Chandler International Film Festival for once again letting me be part of its official selection as well as being nominated for best Suspense/Thriller short film this year.
    It was great to have reacquainted with old friends as well as meeting new ones both from the film industry as from other mediums.
    This year's event spotlight were without a doubt the screenings. State of the art installations made it worth the effort every filmmaker does to give the audience the best sound and image possible.

    Cheers to all the CIFF team..!

    Tony Macías

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Tony,
    Congratulations on your official selection to be part of the Suspense/Thriller short film category. We are so happy you enjoyed your time at our festival. We hope to see you again.