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 11th 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.
11th CIFF will be inaugurated on Thursday 12 Dec 2013 and the closing ceremony will be on 19 Dec 2013. Audiences can get an opportunity to watch the best of films from all over the world. Rejoicing festivity for all lovers of good cinema.
Few Highlights in planning for 11th CIFF.
11th CIFF will celebrate the centenary of Indian Cinema
Over 160 films to be screened from 58 countries
Over 10000 passionate film buffs across the India & Globe will enjoy this 8 day festival
Mr. Kamal Hassan & Ms. Shabana Azmi are expected to grace the festival’s opening and closing ceremonies respectively.
Active participation from the film fraternity, Corporate houses, Consulates / Embassies, who is who of Chennai and a large number of movie buffs
11th CIFF will have Tamil Films Competition section .
Film Buff award will be given to one passionate movie buff attending the festival and participating in the online contest.
Amithab Bachan award for the “Youth Icon of the Year” will be instituted from this year onwards
Red Carpet screenings every evening for the VIPs, Consul Officers , Film fraternity and Who is Who of Chennai
Open forums, Flash Mobs, Sound & Light show, Music performances by young talented bands are being planned
Films from Iran and Taiwan under Country Focus Retrospectives of Claire Denis (France) ; István Szabó ( Hungary) :
Goran Paskaljevic (Serbia)
Award winning films from Cannes; Berlin and Venice IFFs under World Cinema