The Chicago Southland International Film Festival enriches a long tradition of a vibrant arts and cultures community that exists at Governors State University.

Tickets for this year's Chicago Southland International Film Festival

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


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.

 In keeping with the excitement of last year's highly successful, inaugural Chicago Southland International Film Festival, the 2019 CSIFF event will be hosted in the college’s Center for Performing Arts.  This year's festival will continue the Feature Film Showcase (non-competition) consisting of feature film screenings and an international student short film competition while adding a professional short film competition category for all filmmakers.

 Official Selections for both the student short film competition and professional short film competition will be screened during the weekend of 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.  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 documentary and narrative feature films to be announced. Feature films selected for the Showcase will be screened on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

 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.

Governors State University

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

Dual Degree Program

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