The NY CIFF CHAUTAUQUA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is an IMDb CERTIFIED FESTIVAL! All current and past winners can now record their awards! AWARD WINNERS WILL RECEIVE DISTRIBUTION DEALS!! THEATRICAL, DVD'S AND ALL MAJOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS! The CIFF will be held the last weekend of July 2018 leading into the world famous Lucy Fest. Each yearly festival is divided into two sessions of 5 months each. Winners are chosen from each 5 month session to be screened at the CIFF 2018.

The 3rd Annual Chautauqua International Film Festival will be held the weekend of July 27, 28, and 29, 2018 at the CRYSTAL BALLROOM in Jamestown, NY. For 3 days Friday, Saturday and Sunday the festival will show winning films from around the world. This year we are adding more venues and workshops and will hold a red carpet award presentation ceremony on the FINAL NIGHT July 29, at the CRYSTAL BALLROOM of the Hotel Jamestown, NY.

Many official selections and award winners will have their films reviewed and trailers screened on InDvue, an IMDb credited online weekly Indies Review and Talk Show. FOLLOW the InDvue Channel here,

The CIFF is working with other industry Pro's to develop some new proto-type screening and distribution. Winning Filmmakers will have the chance to have their films screened with the opportunity for multiple showings with a unique new concept in film promoting and distribution.

Join us for a profitable and fun filled 3 days. It is our goal to make the CIFF one of the most successful new film festivals in New York and worldwide.

The CIFF will be partnering with several Film Festivals. Select Award winners will have the opportunity for their film to be screened for an entire week with the Red Carpet online premiere of their film.

1st Place includes the CIFF Trophy in each genre to be awarded, a Gold Award Certificate, screening of your film, the Red Carpet Award Ceremony and DISTRIBUTION DEAL!

2nd Place includes a Silver Award Certificate in each genre to be awarded, film screening with presentation award ceremony on the final night and DISTRIBUTION DEAL!

Films of Merit will be chosen to be screened during the festival, listed in the program and included in the award ceremonies under , Films of Merit". a select group of merit awards will be offered a distribution deal.

Not all Official Selections will be screened but are qualified for consideration of any awards.


1. Films may be submitted that were made between 2010 to the present. It may be an uncompleted work when submitted but must be finished and submitted by June 1of 2018 for final judging.

2. Filmmaker must own or have obtained all rights pertaining to their film and music used.

3. Films must be in English or with subtitles.

4. Films may be submitted from anywhere in the world.

5. All submissions will be online screeners through An account may be set up for free by any filmmaker.


A DVD and/or BLU-RAY must be submitted with the name of the film, your name, length of film, your contact number and CIFF printed clearly on the disc. and mailed to;

P.O. Box 306
Ellington, NY 14732

If we do not receive your DVD or Blu-Ray mailed at the time you submit to the CIFF your film will not be eligible for screening.


6. Submission genre's as listed on the Chautauqua International Film Festival CIFF, FilmFreeway Submission site.

Overall Rating
  • What an incredible experience to win Best Screenplay at the Chautauqua International Film Festival. It was such an honor to be recognized by CIFF and also warmly welcomed by my peers. It’s a small festival but it’s a good one, well worth attending and in Lucille Ball’s milieu at the Crystal Ballroom in Jamestown, NY. There were quality filmmakers from all over the country and the world in attendance, I highly recommend CIFF and plan to enter again next year.

    August 2018
  • Walter McIntosh

    I had a great experience at this festival. A fledging festival with a friendly and fruitful gathering of filmmakers and supportive audience members. The organisers did a very good job of creating a conducive atmosphere for film screenings and it's excellent that independent filmmaking is being celebrated in downtown Jamestown.

    August 2018
  • Don Swanson

    This festival was great to work with. I couldn’t make it until the last day due to shooting a new project and they worked with me to schedule my screening with my schedule. I met some fantastic filmmakers and got some solid feedback during the Q&A. It’s young, but it’s got everything it needs to keep growing!

    August 2018
  • Maine Event Films

    It was a great experience!!!! One of the most organized events I've been to.

    August 2018
  • Dan Bell

    Good communication- respectful of filmmakers. We could not attend because of a charity commitment, but we were honored to be a included.

    August 2018