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More Than Just A Festival

More Than Just A Festival!

Art, in all forms, inspires us. From the first drawings of prehistoric man to Artificial Intelligence driven illustrations, the journey of art has been one of curiosity, progress, and redemption. The form of cinema is the most impactful of them all. It is only this art form that has the power to blend time with space. The real and the images correspond to one another in films. It is only in cinema that we can reflect, introspect and often modify our realities as well as our history. It is a medium to look into our past and our future.

The transnationality of films often translates one civilization to another. Cinema is a calling card for the universal values of humanity.

We are here to celebrate this power of films: the power to unite, the power to transform and transcend. We are at the Chennai World Cinema Festival!

Tamil cinema has a history of 100 years.

Rangaswamy Nataraja Mudaliar (1885 – 3 May 1971) is known as the father of the Tamil Nadu film industry and was a pioneer in producing silent films. He had, directed, and released South India’s first silent film ‘Keesaka Vatham’ in 1918. The first Tamil talking feature film, Kalidas, a multilingual directed by H M Reddy was released on 31 October 1931. More than 100 Tamil movies are produced every year. Chennai is the Capital of the Tamil Cinema Industry.

Chennai World Cinema Festival is a unique film competition organized by working professionals from the film industry.

Our programming team focuses on Feature Films & Short Films, as our main mission is to promote talent and their vision. This festival encourages filmmakers from all countries to enter the Film Competition where we will be screening Indian and International feature-length films and short films. The festival will consider any film in any genre. From entertaining to educational, inspirational to thought-provoking, comedic to ironic, CWCF is the place to showcase your films to the widest possible live audience.

So, if you’re a Feature Film filmmaker or a filmmaker who creates innovative short films – whether they’re Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Children, Animation, or Experimental – you’re welcome to enter.

Date and Place:

The Chennai World Cinema Festival will be held from September 01– 07, 2023 in Chennai, India

Festival Programmes:

The festival program is divided into the following categories:

INTERNATIONAL WORLD CINEMA [Competition Section] :

Films produced internationally. Filmmakers working in all International languages, and those working on Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Historical, Biography, Horror, LGBTQ, Children, Animation, or Experimental are encouraged to apply.

INDIAN WORLD CINEMA [Competition Section]:

The producer and the Director should be Indian nationals. Filmmakers working in all Indian regional languages, and those working on Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Historical, Biography, Horror, LGBTQ, Children, Animation, or Experimental are encouraged to apply.

FIPRESCI WORLD CINEMA 2021-23 NON-COMPETITION SECTION:

Winner of any category FIPRESCI (International federations of film critics) Accredited festivals of the period 2021-23 has the privilege of free submission in the festival.

FIPRESCI ( International Federation of Film Critics ) festivals:

  • Panorama of European Cinema Film Festival,
  • Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival,
  • Cairo International Film Festival,
  • European Cinema Lecce Film Festival,
  • EnergaCAMERIMAGE International Film Festival,
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival,
  • Gijón International Film Festival,
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival,
  • Ljubljana International Film Festival,
  • Stockholm International Film Festival,
  • Cottbus East European Cinema Festival,
  • Sevilla Film Festival,
  • Mar del Plata Film Festival,
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival,
  • Carthage Film Festival,
  • Valladolid International Film Festival,
  • Viennale Film Festival,
  • Warsaw International Film Festival,
  • Schlingel Chemnitz Film Festival,
  • Busan International Film Festival,
  • Montréal, Nouveau Cinéma Festival,
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival,
  • CineFest – Miskolc International Film Festival,
  • Toronto International Film Festival,
  • Drama Short Film Festival,
  • Venice International Film Festival,
  • Schwerin Film Festival,
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival,
  • Locarno International Film Festival,
  • International Motovun Film Festival,
  • European Film Festival Palic,
  • Golden Apricot Film Festival,
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,
  • Filmfest München,
  • Brussels International Film Festival,
  • Transilvania International Film Festival,
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival,
  • Krakow Film Festival (Docs and Shorts),
  • Flying Broom Film Festival,
  • Cannes Film Festival,
  • Oberhausen Shorts Film Festival,
  • Off Camera Krakow Film Festival,
  • Dubuque Film Festival,
  • Wiesbaden goEast Film Festival,
  • International Istanbul Film Festival,
  • Nyon Visions du Réel Festival,
  • ZagrebDox Film Festival,
  • Rencontres de Toulouse – CinéLatino Film Festival,
  • Vilnius Film Festival – Kino Pavasaris,
  • Saguenay Short Film Festival,
  • International Film Festival of Kerala,
  • Ismailia (Docs, Shorts) Film Festival,
  • Sofia International Film Festival,
  • Luxor African Film Festival,
  • Bengaluru International Film Festival,
  • Berlin International Film Festival,
  • Göteborg International Film Festival,
  • Athens Panorama Festival,
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam,
  • Tromso International Film Festival,
  • Dhaka International Film Festival,
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival.

[All Submitted films get screening & Digital certificate.]

FIAPF WORLD CINEMA 2021-23 NON-COMPETITION SECTION:

Winner of any category FIAPF (International Federation of film Producers Association) Accredited festivals of the period 2021-23 has the privilege of free submission in the festival.

FIAPF ACCREDITED FESTIVALS:

  • Cannes Film Festival,
  • Venice Film Festival,
  • Berlin International Film Festival,
  • Shanghai International Film Festival,
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,
  • Locarno International Film Festival,
  • Fajr International Film Festival,
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival,
  • Warsaw International Film Festival,
  • Tokyo International Film Festival,
  • Mar del Plata Film Festival,
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival,
  • Cairo International Film Festival,
  • International Film Festival of India,
  • International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival,
  • Busan International Film Festival,
  • Cartagena Film Festival,
  • Festival de Cine Global de Santo Domingo,
  • Gijón International Film Festival,
  • Istanbul International Film Festival,
  • International Film Festival of Kerala,
  • Kitzbühel Film Festival,
  • Kolkata International Film Festival,
  • Kyiv International Film Festival,
  • Lisbon International Horror Film Festival,
  • Milan Noir in Festival,
  • Mumbai Film Festival,
  • Sitges Film Festival,
  • Cinedays Film Festival,
  • Sofia International Film Festival,
  • Sydney Film Festival,
  • Torino Film Festival,
  • Transilvania International Film Festival.

[All Submitted films get screening & Digital certificate.]

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM [Competition Section]:

Short Films produced internationally. Filmmakers working in all International languages, and those working on Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Historical, Biography, Horror, LGBTQ, Children, Animation, or Experimental are encouraged to apply.

INDIAN SHORT FILM [Competition Section]:

Short Films Producer and the Director should be Indian nationals.. Filmmakers working in all Indian regional languages, and those working on Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Historical, Biography, Horror, LGBTQ, Children, Animation, or Experimental are encouraged to apply.

Programming is the soul of CWCF. The festival is programmed with care by the festival selection committee, keeping in mind cinematic aspects, as well as the topicality, social relevance, and geographical representation of the films. We welcome films that seek out new cinematic languages to engage honestly with issues of great concern.

CWCF aims to be shown on the most giant cinema screens.

1. Prasad Preview Theatre 4K Barco Projection, Dolby Atmos Sound, 200 Seat ], Arunachalam Road, Saligramam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

2. NFDC Tagore Theatre [4K Digital Projection, Dolby Atmos Sound, 100 Seat] Music College Road, State Bank Of India Colony, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai – 600028.

Welcome on board!