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ICAF started organizing CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) from the year 2003. All the earlier editions have seen a gradual growth in terms of attendance as well as popularity. With the film fraternity actively joining hands with ICAF since its 8th edition, the 13th edition of CIFF promises to be bigger and better.

Striving to be in par with the best International Film Festivals across the globe, CIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Indian Panorama films to the cinema loving city of Chennai, just as it showcases the best of Tamil films to the world.

The Competition Section for Tamil Films that was instituted in 7th CIFF to encourage Tamil Filmmakers has been holding a strong presence. Active participation of the Tamil film fraternity was initiated and spearheaded by Ms. Suhasini Manirathnam in the year 2009, which gave a facelift to CIFF.

ICAF’s management team includes professional from various walks of life who have a passion for movies. The senior members of ICAF include but not limited to: Mr. Kannan, Mr. Ramakrishnan, Mr. Santhanam and Mr. Thangaraj (Festival Director), Mr. Murali, Mr. Srinivasan and more. ICAF is ably supported by the South Indian Film Chamber, Producers Council, Artists & Directors Association.

The film Fraternity team providing active support to ICAF include: Ms. Suhasini, Mr. Sarathkumar, Mr.Mohan, Ms. Revathy, Ms. Rohini, Mr. Jayendra, Mr. Manobala, Ms. Lizzy, Ms. Poornima, Ms. Shylaja and many more. The festival’s presence is felt on the web, social network sites, TV and FM radio apart from the print medium. The curtain-raiser press meets, opening and closing ceremonies, gala cultural shows, Chennai Film Forum Panel Discussions, Exclusive ‘Red Carpet’ evening screenings for an invited audience etc., all studded with film personalities from international, national and popular regional cinema all add substantially to the festival's experience. Versatility and creativity will go hand in hand at the CIFF to give an exceptional experience.

13th CIFF will be inaugurated on Thursday 6th Jan 2016 and the closing ceremony will be on 13 Jan 2016. Audiences can get an opportunity to watch the best of films from all over the world. Rejoicing festivity for all lovers of good cinema.

Vision & Theme of 13th CIFF 2015

  • Presenting the best of International & Indian films in Chennai and showcase the best of Tamil films to the world
  • Creating a platform to bring together people from various cultures through the medium of Cinema
  • Influencing Films and Filmmakers through Global Outreach and putting Chennai on the World Map of Cinema
  • To Celebrate the contribution of Chennai in the growth of Cinema over the years
  • To Promote Peace through World Cinema

Highlights of 13th CIFF

Over 12000 passionate film buffs across India & the Globe will enjoy this 8 day festival.

The festival screenings will be held in Seven screens (tentative) in total in Seven venues namely Woodland Theatre Complex (2 screens), Inox Screens (2 screens), Casino Theatre, MGR Film Institute and Russian Center.

The festival functions will witness strong active participation from the film fraternity, corporate houses, Consulates / Embassies, prominent Chennaites, press / media, student volunteers and a large number of movie buffs.

Film Buff award in special appreciation for one passionate movie buff attending the festival and participating in the online contest with maximum entries will be given for the sixth consecutive year.

There will be extensive coverage and promotional activity on TV, Print & social media with the film & television industry's active participation.

Film Buff Award

A special award for the passionate film buff.

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