Our second year showed us anything is possible. In a year of no gathering we were able to switch our venue to The Boonies Drive In in Tilbury to ensure safety while watching some great international film. Our hope is still to bring together all genres to the Chatham-Kent and Southwestern Ontario region. The third season will take place over three days, with a meet and greet for filmmakers as well as a closing gala which is open to the public and possibly another night at the drive in..

The idea of having all genres in one film festival isn't new of course, but we plan to make each one stand out and be recognized for the effort filmmakers put into their art. Whether yours is animated for kids or heartwarming drama or a terrifying thriller, the Chatham-Kent International Film Festival welcomes you!

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Sound Design
Best Music Video
Best Screenplay - Feature
Best Screenplay - Short
Best Web series
Best Documentary
Best Actor - Male
Best Actor - Female
Most Promising Individual
**NEW** The Rob Herder Award for Effects
**NEW** Best Costuming
**NEW** Best Animation

New sponsored awards by Design Sound Productions Inc - Best Sound Design and Best Score
Prize is $75USD each from the sponsor

We want to award each and every category of film-making from the acting to the production value of the project.

Certificates will be awarded at the closing gala

CKIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


1. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2020.
- CKIFF requires at least a Chatham premiere for all films.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

3. Premiere Status
- CKIFF requires at least a Chatham premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Chatham Region.
- There is no Premiere policy for music videos, web series, or documentaries. They may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

4. Film Classification
All films screened during CKIFF receive an age rating that is decided by the Manchester City Council.

5. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for CKIFF are to be paid by credit card or PayPal. The submission fee is non-refundable. Short films are films under 45 minutes in length.

6. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from CKIFF must be borne by the submitting party. CKIFF will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. CKIFF will not absorb any fees incurred in Canadian customs. All charges must be pre-paid

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

8. Notification
CKIFF endeavors to complete all selection procedures by 1st of September 2021 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.

9. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the CKIFF. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.

10. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of CKIFF Programmers. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, CKIFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. CKIFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.


By submitting to the Chatham-Kent International Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of CKIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the CKIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2019 festival (October 25th - 27th 2019). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the CKIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold CKIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to CKIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2020 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2020 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify CKIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Kurt Sasso

    Two things happened at the film festival will forever stick with me. First, my film Deception, was the first ever film played to start off the film festival. Secondly, the organizers, fellow filmmakers and volunteers were all welcoming and incredible to meet and greet. I will be submitting films to this festival for years to come!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Kurt! It was a blast having you here and an honour to have your film kick off the beginning of this festival!

  • Jeremy Centracchio

    It was a pleasure to take part and be awarded by such a great festival team. Can't wait until next year!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Can't wait for your next submission Jeremy! Then we have to get you up here!

  • Cody Baron

    An absolutely fantastic festival with great people at the heart of it. It was such a treat to be a part of the first year of this festival and I am definitely looking forward to taking part in the next one. Extremely communicative and efficient in a way that made it a joy to be in. Definitely check this one out.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Cody! I'm so glad you were part of the inaugural year!!

  • John Lombardo

    We were pleased to be selected into this festival and to be nominated for a category. I wish Chatham-Kent much success in their growth as a a festival.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you John! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  • Javid Farahani

    I’m honored to be announced that my short film “Under the Blade” got accepted in such a good festival.

    Thank you very much
    Javid Farahani
    The producer and director of the short film “Under the Blade”

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Loved your film Javid! So glad that you submitted it!