Tickets for this year's Chicago Southland International Film Festival 

on September 6-8, 2019 are now on sale!


    The 2nd Annual Southland International Film Festival will take place in the Governors State University's Center for Performing Arts. In addition to the Feature Film Showcase (non-competition) consisting of feature film screenings and an international student short film competition, CSIFF will introduce an international short film category open for professional filmmaker submissions.
    Official Selections for both short film competitions will be screened on September 6 & 7, 2019. Official Selection and award notifications will be delivered electronically. Physical prizes (certificates, plaques, trophies, etc.) will be given to the award winners at the awards ceremony.
    The Feature Film Showcase is a community-wide film screening and discussion event in celebration of independent filmmakers on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The event will provide filmmakers with a public performance in Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts and the opportunity to participate in facilitated post screening Q&A sessions with a diverse audience. Films will be selected by the Chicago Southland International Film Festival committee and will comprise of feature films to be announced.


Friday, September 6 - International Short Film Competition Day 1
5:45-7:45p Shorts Program 1: Funny Bone Films
Kicking off CSIFF 2019 will be an assortment of laugh out loud, short comedy films from around the globe produced by student and professional filmmakers alike. This program will include five to eight short comedies films. Films may not be appropriate for children. Featuring the following short films:
Babam Directed by Nick Sherman (U.S.A.)
The Incident at the Pier Co-Directed by Abby Bright & Grace Joo (U.S.A.)
Famous in Michigan Directed by Nick Rasmussen (U.S.A.)
Dinner in Hyde Park Directed by Jon Silver (U.S.A.)
Glad We Could Do This Directed by Liz Fitzgerald (U.S.A.)
Figure Drawing Directed by Madolyn Rusen (U.S.A.)
What A Wonderful World Directed by Mark Cabaroy (U.S.A.)
It’s Time for Tea Directed by Matthew J. Kaplan (U.S.A.)

8-10p Shorts Program 2: Night Time Thrills
Now that you’ve enjoyed a laugh, get ready to scream! This program features a mix of five to eight short thriller and horror films from around the globe produced by student and professional filmmakers alike. Films may not be appropriate for children. Featuring the following short films:
59 Seconds Co-Directed by Ryan Beard, Tee Dickinson, Cody Feiner, Bryan Guzman, & Howman Pagola (U.S.A.)
Lucy Directed by Roberto Gutiérrez (Venezuela)
Mr. NoFace Directed by Brian M. Streiff (U.S.A.)
Her Body Directed by Juan Avella (Venezuela)
Exposure Directed by J.D. Funari (U.S.A.)
SOUND Directed by Tawan Bazemore (U.S.A.)
Quiver Directed by Shayna Connelly (U.S.A.)
The Cold Season Directed by Josiah Stendel (U.S.A.)

Saturday, September 7 - International Short Film Competition Day 2
11a-1:30p Shorts Program 3: Real Cinema
CSIFF 2019 continues with a stimulating set of documentary short films covering diverse and hot topics from both international student and professional filmmakers. Some films will be designated as appropriate for children. Featuring the following short films:
I Never Picked Cotton Co-Directed by Hanna Adams, Cole Bacani, Max Edmeier , Dariel Filomeno, Alexandra Gottlieb , NamQuyen “Q” Le, Yolanda Morgan, Victoria Perez, Benjamin Ragasa , Josie Stocks, John Stover, & Jinghan Tian (U.S.A.)
Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge Directed by Aaron Johnson (U.S.A.)
Fraser Syndrome & Me Directed by Kyle Anne Grendys (U.S.A.)
Kwizera Directed by Alexis Lopez (U.S.A.)
Bomi(native) Directed by Kiumars Sarshar (Iran)
The Talk Directed by Sofia Sarkar (U.S.A.)
Vietnam Aftermath Directed by Tom Phillips (U.S.A.)

1:45-3:45p Shorts Program 4: Life Happens
Life isn’t always easy. Explore the human condition with this mix of international, short drama and comedy films produced by filmmakers from high school and beyond. Some films will be designated as appropriate for children. Featuring the following short films:
The Garden Store Directed by Rose Knopper (U.S.A.)
Exposed Directed by YaLin Yu (U.S.A.)
Margo Co-Directed by Amelia Maxham, Libby Slaughter, Ben Clark, Summers Worthington, Johnny Krosby-Groner, Jhael J. Rasheed, Victoria Stiefvater, Conrad Heins, Nicholas Tennery, & Jago Gould (U.S.A.)
Degüello Co-Directed by Jaime Herrera Jr. & Luis Teviño (U.S.A.)
#ShandaDidWHAT!? Directed by Keela Buford (U.S.A.)
A Land Where Children Play Directed by Alexia Garcia del Rio (U.S.A.)
I am Zal Directed by Hooman Naderi (Iran)
The Good Wife Directed by Prataya Saha (India)

4-6p Shorts Program 5: Riveting Relationships

Return for more gripping narratives in these enthralling international drama and/or experimental short films produced by filmmakers from high school and beyond. Films may not be appropriate for children. Featuring the following short films:
PANZóN Directed by Emilio Nieto (U.S.A.)
The Update Directed by Mor Hanay (Israel)
De Mojn (Des Moines) Directed by Olga Košarić (Serbia)
Trap Directed by Paul James (New Zealand)
Petit Bassin Directed by Louise Pagès (France)
Blooming Lion Directed by Shawn Douangmala (U.S.A.)

6:15-7:15p Awards Ceremony / FREE
Be sure to stay at no extra cost for this exciting end to the short film competition where winners will be announced, awards presented and speeches heard! VIP Filmmakers Reception immediately to follow.

Our Chicago Southland International Film Festival will host our VIP Reception for Filmmakers and special guests immediately following the Awards Ceremony. Mingle with the Feature Film Showcase Filmmakers and International Short Competitors as you enjoy a cocktail and catered buffet. Attendance by invite only.


Sunday, September 8 - Feature Film Showcase (Non-Competition)
Previously featuring Academy Award nominated films, CSIFF’s Feature Film Showcase will surely please audiences with incredible films from top notch filmmakers including the works of some local talent!

11a-1p  Banana Season

Chicago Southland International Film Festival Presented by Governors State University is very excited to announce the GSU premiere of faculty member Sanghoon Lee's Banana Season. Banana Season is a high-concept dramedy centered on an unusually beautiful relationship developed at a pivotal time in the characters’ lives. PETER is a little person, who's always believed he could fly like the birds his dwarfish body most closely resembles. An artist and creator, Peter is hired to paint the town’s water tower, a place he comes to see as his very own perch from which to lift off. SUN is a talented cage fighter. He loves the energy and excitement of the fight, but finds inflicting harm on others more unbearable than simply absorbing the pain himself. He continues to lose match after match until he reconnects one fateful afternoon with Peter, whose own, somewhat parallel journey leads him in an unexpected direction. A tale of true friendship and taking flight, this is a glimpse into two ordinary souls at the point their lives when they flower or fade. Enjoy an in-person Q&A with Director Sanghoon Lee.


1:15-3:45p  The Feeling of Being Watched 

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood outside  Chicago, IL, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community. With unprecedented access, The Feeling of Being Watched weaves the personal and the political as it follows the filmmaker’s examination of why her community fell under blanket government surveillance.

4-6:30p  Who Will Write Our History
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not. Enjoy an in-person Q&A with Director Roberta Grossman following the film.