The ﬁrst edition happened only 5 years ago, but this festival has grown steadily in popularity among ﬁlm enthusiasts and the general public. The 5th Chennai International Film Festival will screen short ﬁlms belonging to various genres and languages from across the world. 371 Short ﬁlms from 47 countries were submitted online for this edition of the Festival. These short- ﬁlms can be seen exclusively in theatres only and cannot be found on YouTube or digital freeware video-viewing plaNorms.
An expert jury formed by The Academy itself has whittled down the ﬁnal entries to 127 ﬁlms from 19 countries that are going to be screened at the premiere event. This year’s foreign ﬁlm selection will celebrate contributions from India, Germany, Austria, Russia, Spain, US, UK, China, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands and Turkey.
To break the language barrier, movies in International Languages have all been subtitled in English to viewer understanding.
A jury comprising of directors Pushkar & Gayatri, Lokesh Kanagaraj and Maddone Ashwin will be judging the ﬁlms.
The Short ﬁlms are divided mainly into 3 categories : Animation, Documentary and Fiction with awards across all categories. Total Cash Prize of INR 2,40,000 will be awarded to the winners and the runners. We have added a MovieBuﬀ Award this year. A total of 10 awards in total.
Director K. Mohan Raja, Foreign dignitaries and Bureaucrats will be the guests for the Inauguration of the Festival to be held on the 18th at 6 PM.
On all days except the ﬁrst and the last, there will be an evening session of interaction with a celebrity guest, with the focus being strongly tilted towards the various aspects of ﬁlm-making. This is sure to be an attractive proposition for any budding ﬁlm maker as it is an opportunity to learn the trade from some of the best in the business.
Entry is free of cost and open to all viewers above 18 as the organisers believe that enhanced viewership is important for the growth and encouragement of the short ﬁlm aﬁcionado in the city. For security reasons however, an ID is required for entry into the festival. For more details visit www.cisﬀ.in and follow us on facebook.com/chennaiinternationalshorNilmfestival.