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Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) is a registered non-profit organization working for the promotion of parallel and non-commercial cinema in Chennai by organizing periodical screenings of world-class films.

It more than 500 members registered members including Film directors, cinematographers, cine technicians and film lovers.

ICAF started organizing – CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) – from the year 2003 with the state government extending its support from 2008. Each edition of CIFF has seen a gradual growth in terms of attendance as well as popularity.

Apart from organizing CIFF, ICAF is mainly an active film society screening world cinema on a monthly basis for all the other 11 month of the year. It organizes at least two film festivals every month in association with various embassies and consulates in the city.

The Team


From Left to Right – Mr Srinivasa Santhanam (Advisor & Programmer), Mr. V. Srinivasan (Joint Secretary), Mr. N. Sriram (Committee Member), Mr. B. Ramakrishnan (Vice-President), Mr. S. Murali (Treasurer), Mr. E. Thangaraj (General Secretary), Mr. Sivan Kannan (President).

What are its activities

Chennai International Film Festival

Chennai International Film Festival LogoICAF started organizing CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) from the year 2003. 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.

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.

Mini-Film Festivals (every month)

ICAF also organizes 2 – 3 mini-film festivals every month in association with various consulates and embassies in the city to promote the cultural ties between the countries through world-class movies. The objective of the mini-festivals is to provide film lovers in Chennai the opportunity to experience good quality films from various parts of the world. The films are screened at any of the following venues –

  1. Russian Cultural Center, Alwarpet
  2. Anand Theatre, Anna Salai
  3. Goethe Institute, Nungambakkam

Film Buff Award

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