Chennai International Short Film Festival(CISFF) was the brainchild of a group of individuals reputed for their accomplishments and long standing association with the South Indian Short Film Industry. Our festival is nurtured by the patronage of "The Chennai Academy of Motion Picture" - a non-profit trust created with the motive of nurturing young cinematic talent and promoting high quality film to the short- film enthusiasts of South India. The CISFF has a rich history, with the festival growing steadily in stature and eminence in the eyes of both the film fraternity and the general public from the 1st to the 5th Edition.
371 short film entries from eminent professional short film-makers, actors and cinematographers from 45 countries across the world were submitted online, exclusively for the festival, and only the best films across each genre were selected by the academy's expert jury to be screened. At the festival, a special celebrity jury composed of experienced actors and directors from Kollywood will adjudicate the selected films and give away awards to the best of the lot, thus guaranteeing exclusivity and the highest quality of the films screened at our festival. In addition, one of the key takeaways that the participants of our festival will benefit from, is a full hour of interaction with the celebrity guests of the day, thus enabling them to learn from the best in the trade. This edition of the festival will showcase 127 short films from 16 countries across various genres and languages, thus making it one of the biggest short film festival to have been held in India so far. Locally, students from more than 200 colleges across Tamil Nadu are expected to attend the festival, thus achieving our primary aim of catering high quality cinema to the South Indian audience. We at The Academy, believe that each short film is a novel window into the collective soul of humanity, and on that note, we invite YOU to join us on the great journey within, that is set to unfold at our festival.