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16th Chennai International Film Festival
Updated on : 01 December 2018

Organized by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation

Dates of the Festival: 13-20 December 2018

Venues: Devi Cineplex, Anna Theatre, Sathyam Cinemas, Casino, Tagore Film Centre, Russian Centre of Science and Culture

Inaugural Function: Kalaivanar Arangam (Dec 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm)

Closing Function: Kalaivanar Arangam (or) Devi Theatre (Dec 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm)

For Tamil films competition category, ICAF informed through Media about the submission process from 7th October and the last date for receipt of entries was fixed  on 15th November.  In total ICAF received 20 Tamil Films and 12 films have been selected by the Preview Committee.




Number of Countries: 59

Number of Films: 150

Guests: Diplomats from various Foreign Missions at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai


Expected: 1) Mr.Resul Pookutty (Film Sound Designer)

2) Ms. Shilpa (Director from Singapore)

             3) Mr. Abu Shahed Emon (Director from Bangladesh)

4) Ms. Naina Sen (Director from Australia)

Opening Film: Palme d'Or winner at Cannes Film Festival–SHOPLIFTERS (Japan)


Other Award

Winning  Films: 1) Touch Me Not (Romania) – 

     Winner of Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

2) Cold War (Poland) – Winner of Best Director at Cannes Film Festival

3) Dogman(Italy) – Winner of Best Actor at Cannes Film Festival

4) Yomeddine (Egypt) – Winner of François Chalais Award at Cannes Film Festival

5) At War (France) – Nominee of Palme d'Orat Cannes Film Festival

6) Human, Space, Time and Human (South Korea) – Directed by Ki-duk Kim

     Participated at Berlin International Film Festival

7) In the Fade (Germany) – Winner of Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival 2017

8) Girls of the Sun (France) – Nominee of Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

9) Mug (Poland)–Winner of Silver Berlin Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

10)Rafiki (Kenya) –Nominee of Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival

11) Woman At War – Oscar Nominated Icelandic Film

12) What Will People Say (Norway) – Indian Premiere

Contemporary German 

Cinema: 5 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)

Retrospective of 

Mr. Fatih Akin: 6 films (courtesy Goethe-Institut, Chennai)

Contemporary Brazilian 

Cinema: 3 films (courtesy Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi)

Country Focus 

(Brazil): 4 films incl. City of God (courtesy Embassy of Brazil, New Delhi)

Contemporary Australian

Cinema: 3 films (courtesy Australian Consulate, Chennai)

Australian Comedy

 Films:              4 films (courtesy Australian Consulate, Chennai)

Tamil Film Competition: 12 films

Indian Panorama: 12 films (Including “The Sound Story” - Indian Premiere)

Special Screening:            1. Merku Thodarchi Malai (Tamil)


1) A movie from ZAMBIA (Southern Africa)

2) 13 movies from GRULAC (Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries) including films from COSTA RICA and TRINIDAD & TOBAGO(for the first time!)

3) A movie from LADAKH (in Indian Panorama category)

4) A movie from KENYA.

Delegate Registration

For Students, Film Industry and Senior Citizens – Rs.500/- (Plus one Photo, with Identity)

For Others – Rs.1000/- With Photo

Direct Registration at Devi Cineplex – Daily between 10:30 am to 6:00 pm

Online Registration – / /


12 Tamil Feature Films for Competition


S.No Title in English Director

1 96 C. Prem Kumar

2 Abiyum Anuvum B R Vijayalakshmi

3 Annanukku Jey Raj Kumar

4 Genius Suseenthiran

5 Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Mu. Maran

6 Irumbu Thirai P.S. Mithran

7 Kadaikutty Singam Pandiraj

8 Mercury Karthik Subbaraj

9 Pariyerum Perumal BA.BL Mari Selvaraj

10 Ratsasan Ram Kumar

11 Vada Chennnai Vetri Maaran

12 Velaikkaran Mohan Raja


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