Welcome to the Chicago Southland International Film Festival, enhancing the rich tradition of the vibrant arts and cultural community at Governors State University with a showcase of global cinematic excellence.


Summer Showcase: Star Wars Episode I- The Phantom Menace

July 11, 2024

6:30 p.m. behind E Lounge in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University



Join us on July 11th for a free screening celebrating 25 years of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace". The event kicks off at 6:30 PM with a range of exciting activities:

Self Guided Walking Tours of the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park: Explore the renowned sculpture park and immerse yourself in its artistic beauty.

Movie Trivia: Test your Star Wars knowledge and win amazing prizes.

Star Wars Costume Contest: Show off your best Star Wars attire! With categories for both adults and children, the competition is fierce, and the rewards are out of this galaxy.

As dusk falls, gather for an outdoor screening of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" under the stars. Joey's Red Hots Food Truck will be onsite selling delicious food and themed drinks will be available for purchase, ensuring you stay refreshed throughout the evening.

View the trailer here.

2025 Chicago Southland International Film Festival

Save the Date:

April 3-5, 2025

Mark your calendars and save the date for the next Chicago Southland International Film Festival, taking place on April 3-5th, 2025! Join us for an exhilarating cinematic experience featuring international shorts, local feature films, and captivating storytelling. Don't miss out on this unforgettable event - secure your spot today!

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Submit Your Film for CSIFF 2025!

Be a part of the Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) 2025! We're seeking submissions for our Feature Film Showcase and Short Film Competition, open to students and professionals worldwide. Past showcases have featured award-winning films, and most screenings include live Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your talent on our international stage. Submit your film today on FilmFreeway!


SPECIAL SHOWCASE: 1948: Creation & Catastrophe

Directed By: Andy Trimlett & Ahlam Muhtaseb

April 25, 2024



1948 Poster

Join us for a powerful partnership between the Chicago Southland International Film Festival and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Governors State University. Together, we're bringing the gripping documentary '1948: Creation & Catastrophe' to campus for an unmissable event commemorating World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Experience the profound impact of this documentary, featuring personal accounts from Palestinians and Israelis, as we shed light on the global humanitarian crisis in Palestine. This event is your opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation, gain cultural knowledge, and amplify diverse and marginalized voices. After the screening, join us for a dynamic cross-cultural dialogue and panel discussion with experts and fellow attendees. This is more than just a film screening—it's a chance to make a difference and be part of a movement toward understanding and change.

View the trailer here.

2024 Chicago Southland International Film Festival


Our 2024 festival was a spectacular celebration of local filmmaking talent, showcasing thought-provoking feature films We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to making this event such a phenomenal experience. Featuring a diverse selection of international and local films, insightful panel discussions, and engaging Q&A sessions with filmmakers, the festival celebrated the art of cinema and fostered a sense of community among film enthusiasts. From the red carpet premieres to the closing night celebrations, it was a showcase of talent, creativity, and passion for storytelling. Relive the magic of the festival by viewing our highlight video below!


2024 Chicago Southland International Film Festival Highlight Reel


SPECIAL SHOWCASE: Who Will Write Our History?

Directed By: Roberta Grossman

January 25, 2024

6:00 p.m. in F1622 Amphitheater at Governors State University



Join the Chicago Southland International Film Festival in a powerful partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Governors State University as we bring the gripping documentary, 'Who Will Write Our History,' back to campus for an unmissable event commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day. Transport yourself to the heart of history as we unveil the untold story of a courageous group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders who defied the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto. This free, public program promises an evening of inspiration, resilience, and the triumph of the written word over tyranny. Immerse yourself in the profound narrative of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine group armed with pen and paper against the forces of hate.

View the trailer here.

2023 GovState Student Film Showcase

A celebration of Governors State University film students featuring selected short films produced in GovState’s film program.


2023 Summer Showcase Screening Series

Our Summer Showcase was a fantastic celebration of local filmmaking talent, featuring thought-provoking feature films from June to August. Open to the public, the event, supported by GovState and The School of Extended Learning, sparked engaging conversations through Q&A sessions. Rooted in inclusiveness, diversity, and quality of life, the festival continues to provide a platform for independent filmmakers. Grateful for the support, we look forward to seeing you at future showcases!

2023 Summer Showcase Highlight Reel


2023 Summer Showcase Featured Films





Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter.

Directed By: Rebecca Halpern

View the trailer here.





Art and Pep

Directed By: Mercedes Kane

View the trailer here.






Good Guy with a Gun

Directed By: John Mossman

View the trailer here.




2022 Chicago Southland International Film Festival Highlight Reel


2022 Summer Showcase Highlight Reel


The Chicago Southland International Film Festival

 is proudly produced by

the Digital Learning and Media Design Department

at Governors State University.



Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Thank you to these University Departments

 for your invaluable support.

 School of Extended Learning

Center for Performing Arts  



Disclaimer: Governors State University is an inclusive environment that promotes and encourages critical thinking, fact finding, and development of diverse thinking and conclusions. The thoughts, views, and expressions of rental events and, or those who do not expressly speak on behalf of the university are that of their own, and do not represent the University in any manner.


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