Chennai International Short Film Festival has been started by persons having long associations with film festivals under the aegis of Chennai Academy of Motion Picture, a non-profit trust to promote good cinema to the film enthusiasts of Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. Short films have emerged as a universal experimental platform for both professional and amateur film makers alike. With proliferation of high quality digital technology at relatively low prices, every film enthusiast wants to embark on film making and short films are the first stepping stone in that effort.

CISFF is the unique event in India which showcases talents to short film making. It is the only annual International Short Film Festival happening in India with awards in all categories.

6th Chennai International Short Film Festival -2019 (16th to 24th February 2019)

Awards & Prizes

The Jury will announce the awards during awards function (24th February 2019 @ 6.30 pm)

2.1 Animation awards :

The Best Short Animation award will carry a trophy, a certificate and Rs. 20,000/- to the Director and a certificate & Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer

2.2 Documentary Awards:

The Best Short Documentary award will carry a trophy, a certificate and Rs. 20,000/- to the Director and a certificate & Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer.

2.3. Best Short Fiction Award:

The Best Short Fiction award will carry a trophy, a certificate and Rs. 20,000/- to the Director and a certificate & Rs. 20,000/- to the Producer.

Regulations:

The Festival is meant for short films of maximum 20 minutes duration and will have the following sections

i) World Competition for short fiction films (maximum 20 minutes) produced after 1st November 2017
ii) World Competition for Short documentary films (maximum 20 minutes) produced after 1st November 2017
iii) World Competition for short animation films (maximum 20 minutes) produced after 1st November 2017
v) World Cinema films (Short / documentary / animation films of maximum 20 minutes) produced after 1st November 2017
v) Country Focus (films from one or two countries & duration will be restricted to maximum 20 minutes each film)
vi) Special section (tributes / homage/country focus etc)

Overall Rating
Quality
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Tim Swanson

    It was a great honour to win a top prize at this festival in 2018. However, DON'T EXPECT ANY PRIZE MONEY. I have never received any prize money and of the ten past prize winners I contacted, not one of them has ever received any prize money either. Some people who attended the festival told me it was a good festival to go to, however don't expect any prize money. Numerous emails and phone calls either get no answer or I am told to be patient and that it will come soon - however there are people from 2017 still waiting. It's a real shame.

    October 2018
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    Perfect communication and amazing festival. I recommend it to all short filmmakers.

    April 2018
  • Vinay Pujara

    Great feedback & reviews from the festival after screening. Honored to have screened my film at CISFF.

    March 2018
  • It was great to have one of our clients selected here - always a pleasure to get work further afield on the festival circuit.

    March 2018
  • Great festival. Thank you very much for selecting my short film LIBERATION.

    March 2018