“18th Chennai International Film Festival”

Organized by: Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation in association with PVR
Dates of the Festival: 18-25 February 2021
Venues: PVR Multiplex (formerly Sathyam Cinemas – Santham, Seasons, Six Degrees, Serene screens) & Casino Cinemas
Inaugural Function:  PVR Multiplex – Sathyam Screen (Feb 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm)
Closing Function:  PVR Multiplex – Sathyam Screen (Feb 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm)
For Tamil films competition category, ICAF informed through Press, our Website and our Social Media about the submission process and the last date for receipt of entries was fixed on 9th January 2021. 13 films have been selected by the Preview Committee.
The selected tamil films are
1. Labour
2. Galtha
3. Soorarai Pottru
4. Ponmagal Vandhal
5. Mazhaiyil Nanaigiren
6. My name is Anandhan
7. Godfather
8. The Mosquito Philosophy
9. Chiyangal
10. Someday
11. Kalidas
12. Ka/Pae Ranasingam
13. Kanni Maadam
*HIGHLIGHTS OF 18TH CIFF*
Number of Countries: 53
Number of Languages: 37 (worldwide) + 10 Indian
Number of Films: 91
Guests: Diplomats from various Foreign Missions at Chennai and Delhi
Opening Film: THE GIRL WITH A BRACELET (France) – Locarno Film Festival (nominee)
Closing Film: I WAS, I AM, I WILL BE – Germany
Other Award
Winning  Films:
Oscar Nominations and Selections (93rd and 94th)
1. Apples – Greece’s official entry to the Oscars (94th)
2. Quo vadis, Aida? – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s official entry to the Oscars (94th)
3. Listen – Portugal’s official entry to the Oscars (94th)
4. The Sleepwalkers – Argentina’s official entry to the Oscars (94th)
5. Agnes Joy – Iceland’s official entry to the Oscars (93rd)
6. Running Against the Wind – Ethiopia’s official entry to the Oscars (93rd)
7. Running to the Sky – Kyrgyzstan’s official entry to the Oscars (93rd)
CANNES Film Festival – 2020 Labels and 2019 Winners
1. A Good Man – Belgium, France
2. In the Dusk – Lithuania, France
3. Spring Blossom – France
4. A White, White Day – Iceland
BERLIN International Film Festival – Winners
1. Our Lady of the Nile – Rwanda, Monaco
2. Undine – Germany, France
FAJR Film Festival (Iran) – Winner: The Slaughterhouse – Iran 
VENICE Film Festival – Winners
1. Careless Crime – Iran
2. Listen – Portugal, UK
3. Revenir – France 
4. The Wasteland – Iran
5. Thou Shalt Not Hate – Italy, Poland
ROTTERDAM International Film Festival – Winner
1. A Perfectly Normal Family – Denmark 
2. A White White Day – Iceland
3. Berlin Alexanderplatz – Germany
4. Kala Azar – Netherlands, Greece
BUSAN International Film Festival – Winner 
1. Drowning in Holy Water – Afghanistan 
2. Running to the Sky – Kyrgyzstan 
3. The Slaughterhouse – Iran
Cannes Film Festival – Nominee: 1 
Berlin International Film Festival – Nominees: 4
Venice Film Festival – Nominee: 1
Busan International Film Festival – Nominees: 3
Iran – Different Perspective: 11 films 
Country Focus (France): 6 films (courtesy Alliance Française of Madras)
Glimpses of Hungary: 4 films (courtesy Hungarian Cultural Institute Delhi)
German Films: 4 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)
Chilean Cinema: 2 films (courtesy Embassy of Chile New Delhi)
Indian Panorama: 17 films – including 4 Tamil films (list enclosed)
Tamil Feature Film Competition: 13 films (list enclosed)
*FIRST TIME IN CIFF:*
Films from:
1. Afghanistan – The Dogs Didn’t Sleep Last Night, Drowning in Holy Water
2. Albania, Republic of North Macedonia & Kosovo – My Lake
3. Angola – Farewell Amor
4. Ethiopia – Running Against the Wind
5. Kyrgyzstan – Running to the Sky 
6. Lebanon – Passion Simple
7. Monaco & Rwanda – Our Lady of the Nile
8. Vietnam – To the Ends of the World
A Tulu language film named ‘Pingara’.
An Oriya language film named ‘Kalira Atita’.
MASTERCLASS:
We are having 8 sessions conducted by eminent personalities from the film industry and literature.   
Delegate Registration
Direct Registration at PVR Multiplex, Sathyam, #8, Thiruvika Road, Peters Colony, Royapettah,
Chennai – 600014
Daily from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm (from 12 Feb 2021)
Online Registration – www.icaf.in / www.chennaifilmfest.com / www.bookmyshow.com