The Chicago Southland International Film Festival enriches a long tradition of a vibrant arts and cultures community that exists at Governors State University.
Thank you for attending the 2021 Chicago Southland Film Festival!
We look forward to seeing you next year.
Submissions will open on December 1, 2021 for next year’s festival.
The Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) exists to propel “reel” stories forward and provide a platform for independent filmmakers with diverse perspectives to share their work and grow in their craft.
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 value an atmosphere that fosters a capacity to enjoy life through the fine arts and humanities. CSIFF offers Chicagoland residents an opportunity to see a collection of diverse films from professional to amateur to high school filmmakers from around the world. 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 fourth year. CSIFF 2021 will continue the Feature Film Showcase (non-competition) consisting of feature film screenings and an international short film competition.
The Feature Film Showcase is a community-wide film screening and discussion event in celebration of independent filmmakers. The films are hand-picked by CSIFF Co-Founders Suzanne E. Patterson and Joshua E. Young and provides filmmakers with a public performance and the opportunity to participate in facilitated post screening Q&A sessions with a diverse audience.
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.
This category accepts submissions by invite only and requires a password. Priority is given to filmmakers with a connection to the greater Chicagoland region. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
Digital Learning and Media Design
State University Library
Center for Performing Arts
Friends of the