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.   



Festival Mission  

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 weekend of October 23-25, 2020. 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.

Our Feature Film Showcase is a community-wide film screening and discussion event in celebration of independent filmmakers. This program includes feature films hand-selected by members of the CSIFF Committee, and has previously featured Sundance Grand Jury Award winning films and Academy Award nominated films.

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.
Films selected will comprise of documentary and narrative feature films and are to be announced.

This 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. 

School of Extended Learning

The Knowledge Exchange

Digital Learning and Media Design

Governors State University Library

Center for Performing Arts

Friends of the GSU Library


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