The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) is a festival organised in the city of Chennai, India, by a film society, the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, with the support of the government of Tamil Nadu, the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and the Film Federation of India, providing a common platform for the film fraternity to show its expression through films; understanding other cultures and project the excellence of this art form; contribute to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of the different nations in the context of the social and cultural ethos; and promote friendship and co-operation among peoples of the world.[2]
The festival has been organised since 2003. It showcases international as well as Indian feature films. The Indian language films are divided into the Tamil (12 films) and the Indian panorama featured films (around 12 films). The festival screens more than 100 international feature films from more than 60 countries under noncompetitive section.

The Competition section is only for Tamil Feature Films only
The CIFF provide awards in the following categories:
• The Best film in Tamil.
• The Second Best film.
• Special Jury Award for individual excellence
• Online Film buff Award[7]
• Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award, from 2013

The CIFF provide awards in the following categories for Tamil Language Feature Films only:
• The Best film in Tamil.
• The Second Best film.
• Special Jury Award for individual excellence
• Online Film buff Award[7]
• Amitabh Bachchan Youth Icon Award, from 2013

The competition is meant for Tamil Feature films only.
For world cinema films produced after May 2019 are eligible for submission.

Tamil Feature films censored between 16th October 2020 and 15 October 2021 are eligible for submission

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  • Great experience. Brilliant hospitality. Pure love for cinema. Excellent projection facilities and quality audience. Thank you 18th CIFF for giving us this opportunity. Team THI.MI.RAM

    March 2021
  • Olgun Özdemir

    with the best movies of the year..a great festival

    December 2019
  • selection of films are good. nice experience. thanks a lot

    December 2018