The Chicago Southland International Film Festival enriches a long tradition of a vibrant arts and cultures community that exists at Governors State University.
In light of the ongoing pandemic and under the guidelines of university, local, state, and federal guidelines, the Chicago Southland International Film Festival will be moving to a virtual setting. The virtual festival will still take place October 19-25. Find more information here.
In keeping with the vision of Governors State University, the Chicago Southland International Film Festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers of all ages to share their works. By doing so this festival seeks to support and participate in sustaining an intellectually stimulating public square.
The Chicago Southland
International Film Festival is a film festival located in University Park, IL
and hosted by Governors State University. With core values of
inclusiveness, diversity and promoting quality of life, we at GSU value an
atmosphere that fosters a capacity to enjoy life through the fine arts and humanities.
Set amidst the beautiful, art-abundant campus, this event serves as a
stimulating opportunity to share and promote the vibrant arts and cultures
community that exists at Governors State University.
The Chicago Southland International
Film Festival is excited to enter its third year. CSIFF 2020 will continue the
Feature Film Showcase (non-competition) consisting of feature
film screenings and an international short film competition.
Official Selections for both the student short film competition and professional short film competition will be screened during the week of October 19-25, 2020. Short Film Competition award notifications will be announced virtually on October 25 and physical prizes (certificates, posters, trophies, etc…) will be delivered electronically and/or by mail.
The Feature Film Showcase is a community-wide film screening and discussion event in celebration of independent filmmakers. The event will provide filmmakers with a public performance and the opportunity to participate in facilitated post screening Q&A sessions with a diverse audience. This year’s films, detailed below, have been hand-picked by CSIFF Co-Founders, Suzanne E. Patterson and Joshua E. Young.
The event provides filmmakers with a public performance and the opportunity to participate in post screening Q&A sessions with a diverse audience. Each film will be followed by either a live Q & A with the filmmaker or a prerecorded interview about the film. CSIFF defines feature film as at least 60 minutes in length.
Selected films have been announced and can be found on our Schedule.
festival is funded in part by an Intellectual Life Grant provided by Governors
State University’s Library.
CSIFF thanks our many partners that make this festival possible.
Digital Learning and Media Design
State University Library
Center for Performing Arts
Friends of the