The ChennaiInternational 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.
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 (12 films) and the Indian panorama featured films (around 15 films). The festival screens more than 100 international feature films from more than 60 countries under noncompetitive section.
The Competition section is for Tamil Feature Films as well as for World Feature Films.
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
For World Feature Films Competition, the following awards are given.
Best Feature Film
Second Best Feature Film
Special Mention Certificates
Tamil Feature Films:
Films certified by CBFC between 16th October 2022 and 15th October 2023 are eligible for submission of the entries.
World Cinema competition:
Films completed after 1st November 2022 are only eligible for submission of the entries
Films completed after 1st October 2022 are eligible for submission of the entries
Films that are completed after 1st July 2022 are eligible for submission of the entries
No screening fee or rental will be paid to the right holders in case of selection in any of the above categories.