Condoling the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, organisers of Chennai International Film Festival have decided to postpone the event.
In a statement, festival director E Thangaraj said, “As a mark of respect to the sad demise of our beloved former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi AMMA, the iron lady who has given support to the Chennai International Film Festival continuously for the last five years, Executive Committee of Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation has decided to postpone the 14th Chennai International Film Festival to 5th to 12th January 2017.”
He added: “We seek the support and cooperation from all of you like previous years.”
The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) is a festival organised in the city of Chennai, India, by a film society, the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), with the support of the government of Tamil Nadu, the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and the Film Federation of India.
From the official website, the festival aims at: providing a common platform for the film fraternity to show its expression through films; understanding other cultures and project the excellence of this art form; contribute to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of the different nations in the context of the social and cultural ethos; and promote friendship and co-operation among peoples of the world.
The festival has been organised since 2002. It showcases international as well as Indian feature films. The Indian language films are divided into the Tamil (12 films) and the Indian panorama featured films (around 12 films). The festival screens more than 100 international feature films.