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
  • Kristian Comer

    Unfortunately I missed the event but can not say enough great words about this festival. It was my first short film and everyone was incredibly kind and supportive. I highly recommend submitting to them.

    September 2017
  • Stephen Farina

    Although my film was one of the ones selected, I was unfortunately unable to attend the festival. Regardless, the festival's communication with me as one of the filmmakers was outstanding. My film was one of many reviewed via the festival's IndVue TV reviews in the weeks before the event. And as a result of that I was able to get a sampling of the films chosen. As I said to Ms. Lenska in an email, I was humbled and gratified by being included. Lots of high quality film making in this festival! I wish I could have attended. Other reviewers indicate that it was an excellent event. Regardless, I was treated extremely well before the event. I highly recommend the festival to future filmmakers!!

    August 2017
  • Marci Krown

    Diana, the Director of the Festival has a great interest in showcasing independent filmmakers projects.As I was a first time female filmmaker, she understands the meaning of needing more women involved in this industry as well. I met great filmmakers to network with! The team's hospitality was outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed her Indevue shows ahead of time, giving us a sneak peak and creating excitement for the upcoming films at the festival. I haven't seen this at any other festival! Because the films were so good, I would have loved more people in attendance from the community to have seen them. Being a new festival, I'm sure this number will increase yearly! Thank you for the invitation!

    August 2017
  • Nelson Blish

    Chautauqua International Film Festival was a great experience. It was an excellent opportunity to meet other independent film makers, actors, crew, share tip and make connections. I am proud to have been a part of it.

    August 2017
  • Lisa Mikitarian

    I really enjoyed the array of films this festival offered. The staff was attentive and genuinely interested in the the films and the filmmakers. The festival felt a little like a throwback to old Hollywood--which I loved.

    August 2017