The Chicano International Film Festival (ChIFF) is back for an exciting 2017 with film submissions from around the world! Now with over 20 years of dedication to the advancement of Chicana/o history, culture and expression through film, ChIFF is happy to announce this year’s dates for November 11th at Plaza de la Raza.
This year's festival will feature a discussion with prominent Chicano/Latino 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 11 film categories.
Since 1995, ChIFF has been one of the few platforms to showcase the robust contributions of Chicanas and Chicanos on film. ChIFF has provided a platform that connects filmmakers and audiences from around the world, first in tiny venues throughout East LA and in 2016 at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. ChIFF's Festivals combine film screenings, art installations, panel discussions, live performances and community events to cultivate a deeper discussion of the Chicana/o experience within the US and abroad.
ChIFF is committed to making a difference by providing mentoring and educational opportunities. We inspire and empower future filmmakers! The heart of ChIFF is building connection with the television, film and digital media industries to create possibility and opportunity for future generations of filmmakers and storytellers.
- 5,000 festival goers
- Films from international filmmakers (features, Indies, documentaries and shorts)
- 25 filmmakers, directors, jurors for film selections
- 3 screening venues - TBA
- Art exhibit
- Music acts
- Receptions and red carpet events
- Panel Discussions
- Food and drinks
Awards & Prizes
ChiFF Awards for Lifetime Achievement & Biggest Impact, including selected winners of 9 film categories.
Rules & Terms
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 programming@ChicanoIFF.com
The entry fee is non-refundable.
***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 programming@ChicanoIFF.com.
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.