Welcome to the Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF), where stories come to life on the big screen, transcending boundaries and embracing the diverse voices of independent filmmakers. Our mission is clear: to propel "reel" stories forward, providing a global platform for creatives with unique perspectives to showcase their work and flourish in their craft.



Nestled in the heart of University Park, IL, and hosted by Governors State University, CSIFF stands as a beacon of inclusiveness, diversity, and a promoter of the quality of life through the arts. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere that celebrates life through the fine arts and humanities, offering Chicagoland residents a cinematic journey featuring diverse films from professional, amateur, and high school filmmakers worldwide.

As we proudly embark on our sixth year, CSIFF 2024 promises an exciting lineup. Our Feature Film Showcase, a non-competitive celebration of independent filmmakers, features handpicked films curated by CSIFF committee members. These films offer a public performance and the chance for filmmakers to engage in post-screening Q&A sessions with an appreciative audience. Whether live or prerecorded, each Q&A session brings viewers closer to the creative minds behind the lens.

Our Short Film Competition invites submissions from talented filmmakers globally, spanning high school, collegiate, and professional categories. With films 30 minutes or less in length, this competition showcases a rich tapestry of genres. CSIFF is proud to be funded in part by an Intellectual Life Grant from Governors State University's Library and the Intellectual Life Grant Committee; and a DEI Mini Grant from GovState’s Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.



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  





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General Inquiries:

Feel free to reach out to us at csiff@govst.edu for any general inquiries about the festival, submissions, or information on upcoming events.


Submit Your Film:

Discover everything you need to know about submitting your film and being a part of the CSIFF experience. To access our dedicated submission portal visit FilmFreeway.


Feature Film Showcase Selection:

Participation in the Feature Film Showcase is by invitation only, and films are safeguarded with password protection. CSIFF places a priority on filmmakers with affiliations to the Chicagoland region. For inquiries or to be considered, feel free to contact us at csiff@govst.edu.


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