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 organized since 2003. It showcases international as well as Indian feature films. The Indian language films are divided into the Tamil (10 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 for Tamil Language Feature Films only:
• Best Tamil Feature Film
• Second Best Tamil Feature Film
• Special Jury award to an individual not covered in the above two awards
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Cinematographer
• Best Editor
• Best Sound Recordist

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 2021 and 15 October 2022 are eligible for submission

Overall Rating
  • 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