The Chicano International Film Festival (ChIFF) is back for its 21st year! It's the longest running film festival in Los Angeles, with film submissions from around the world! Dedicated to the advancement of America's largest bi-culture, ChIFF provides lifestyle expression and art through film. This year’s festival is set for November 11th, 2017, at the famed Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center in East LA.

This year's festival will feature a discussion with prominent Chicanx/Latinx directors, actors and industry leaders with a special guest MC. As always, this year's activities include the ChiFF Awards for Lifetime Achievement & Biggest Impact, plus special screenings from select winners of the 12 film categories.

Since 1995, ChIFF, originally known as Cine Sin Fin, has been one of the few platforms to highlight the robust contributions of Chicanxs on film. ChIFF provides a platform that connects filmmakers and audiences from around the world. First, it started off in tiny venues throughout East LA showcasing local filmmakers and in 2016, culminated into an international affair at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. ChIFF's Festivals combine film screenings, art installations, panel discussions, live performances, and community events. All of this to cultivate a deeper understanding and discussion about the intricate Chicanx lifestyle in the US and abroad.

ChIFF is committed to making a difference by providing mentoring and educational avenues. We inspire and empower future filmmakers! The heart of ChIFF is building connections with television, film and digital media industries in order to create viable markets for generations of filmmakers and storytellers to come.

-5,000 festival goers
- Films from international filmmakers (features, Indies, documentaries and shorts)
- 25 filmmakers, directors, jurors for film selections
- 2 screening venues
- Music acts
- Receptions and Awards Ceremonies
- Panel Discussions
- Food and drinks

ChiFF Awards for Lifetime Achievement & Biggest Impact, including selected winners of the 12 film categories.

Films having received any theatrical or home video distribution of any kind beyond festival screenings will not be accepted for submission but may be featured as a Special Screening.

Films must have been completed after December 2012. (since last ELACFF).
More than one entry per contestant may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and fee.

ChIFF reserves the right to disqualify any film not submitted according to these rules without refund of return of fees.

Films not in English must be subtitled with English subtitles, unless dialogue is minimal and not needed for the comprehension of Film.

Rough cuts and works-in- progress are eligible for entry if the final cut will be available by October 20, 2017 for judging. However, please be aware that our programming department may not be able to re-screen your film if you send a final cut after submitting this date. To avoid confusion throughout the screening review process, we would prefer ONE version of your film.

***Previously submitted films will not be accepted, unless the film has undergone significant content changes (60% or more) and meets all other submission requirements.

Permission to re-apply is required. Please email
The entry fee is non-refundable, if applicable.

***Fee Waivers
***No fees required for Student Films

All film entries selected for the Festival grant ChIFF the rights to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and exhibition. ChIFF will not be held responsible for any disputes, prior to, arising from, or inherent, of screenings and information dissemination.

ChIFF reserves the right to change any information contained in this document (including Festival dates, venues, events, awards and eligibility requirements) without further notice.

All filmmakers will be notified of their status by August 15, 2016 via email. Please keep us informed of any changes regarding your contact information by emailing

ChIFF will attempt, but is under no obligation, to view a submission that arrives after the designated FINAL deadline without refund of the submission fee.

Submitted films that qualify based on the regulations and eligibility requirements stated here will be seen by ChIFF programming staff and be considered equally with all other submissions.

ChIFF reserves the right to disqualify any film for non-payment of the submission fee.
ChIFF will attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to resolve non-payment status.

Due to the number of submissions, ChIFF cannot provide feedback on any specific entry or fes associated with it.

Overall Rating
  • Edgar Ybarra

    Thank you for having us there, CHIFF is a fest I've always wanted to contribute to and was happy to have done so.


    December 2016
  • Octavio Mora

    Festival should of been more organized, wish they had a meet and greet with other filmmakers. Everything felt rushed.

    September 2016