5th Chennai International Short Film Festival (CISFF) 18th to 24th February 2018

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.

The festival is organised by the Chennai Academy of Motion Picture, Mr. S.Kannan -                           President,

Mr.Santhanam -               Vice President and Vignesh Chinnadurai - Festival Director.

Highlights of the 5th Chennai International Short Film Festival:

➢       127 Short Films from around 16 countries are being screened.

➢       Introducing Celebrity Interaction for the Girst time in CISFF for 5 days.

➢       A special focus on Gilms from Germany, Hungary (Country Focus)

➢       To facilitate the audience to watch Gilms, this year the festival will run for 7 days (18th to 24th February).

➢       From 19th to 23rd (Monday to Saturday) the festival will start from 1.30 PM and end by 8:30 PM.

➢       On 24th (Saturday) the Screening will start from 11:00 Am and end by 8:00 Pm, Lunch and High Tea will be served to all the attending delegates.

➢       The Delegate registration is open to all above 18 years and its totally free for all.

Guests who will be coming for the function

18th February:

Mr.Mohan raja                                   Director

Mr.Serjey L Kotov                             Consul General - Russian Federation South India

Ms.Rohini                                         Actor

Mr.Vivek Prasanna                            Actor

Mr.Munikannaiah K                            VP - SPI Cinemas

Mr.RajSeker Pandiyan                        CEO, 2D entertainment

Mr.Arvind Renganathan                      CEO, Real Image

19th February:

Mr.Abhishek Joseph                          Actor

Mr.DHEERAJ VAIDY                         Director

20th February:

Mr.Rathna Kumar                               Director

Mr.Sananth                                       Actor

21st February:

Mr.Nithilan Swaminathan                    Director

Mr.Vijay Kumar                                  Director & Actor

22nd February:

Mr.Sriganesh                                     Director

23rd February:

Mr.Sarjun                                          Director


24th February:

Mr.Ashok Selvan                               Actor

Mr.Santhosh Narayanan                     Music Director

Mr.Lokesh kanakaraj                          Director

Mr.Dhananjayan                                Producer

Mr.aathmika                                      Actor

Mr.Ashwin                                         Director

Mr.Indhuja                                         Actor

Mr.Pushkar & Gayathiri                      Director

Mr.Sathyan Sooriyan                         Cinematographer