The Chandler International Film Festival is a non-profit diversified and pioneering film festival located in Chandler, Arizona. CIFF is going screen over 150 films from more than 25 countries! Our four-day (January 12-13, 2018) festival will include Red Carpet, Opening Ceremony, 2 World Premiers, Audience Choice Awards, Film Auction, Film Market, Award Ceremony, Networking, Workshops, Q&A and After Parties.

Chandler International Film Festival is merging with the 22nd Chandler Multicultural Festival where over 5,000 attendees will watch a special outdoor screening on the Chandler Downtown Stage on January 13, 2018.

We provide excellent customer service to filmmakers as each filmmaker is part of our growing CIFF family and we are happy to assist from stage of submission to the end result at the Annual Event. We will try to be in touch with you within 24 hours to resolve any queries related to your film or submission. We are very excited to review your film and observe the detailed creativity of your work.

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.

Submission & Evaluation Process:
We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and select only high-quality films.

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes:
We award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process.
Official Selection of CIFF receive an Official Selection laurel.
All "Category Winners" and "Award Winners" receive laurels and optional trophy and certificate for purchase.

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

Rules & Terms

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

2. Feature films are 45 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 45 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, 2015.

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.

About our Waiver Policy:
We believe in a fair policy to 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.

70 Reviews

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    Sanna Ekman

    Thank you so much.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sanna!!

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    Andrew Conroy

    Had an excellent time at the festival. I had the opportunity to meet and network with so many talented professionals. The screenings were my favorite part, as I got to view so many wonderful films! The city of Chandler was a great host city, and I hope I am fortunate enough to attend this festival again!

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for writing this kind review Andrew. We were thrilled you could attend and are honored to have screened your music video. We look forward to viewing more projects from you and hope to see you next year!

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    Robert Fenske

    An amazing festival that will only grow in size as the years go by. There was a great selection of films that were diverse and entertaining. While the team in charge were extremely professional and friendly.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Robert! We are so happy you could come and are honored to have screened "Ode to Joy".

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    Han Zhang

    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.

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Han! We were so happy to screen your short film!

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    Russell Emanuel

    Fantastic festival, we really enjoyed ourselves and amazing job considering it's their first year. Bravo!

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Russell! Your kind review means a lot to us!