Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) is a registered non-profit organization working for the promotion of parallel and non-commercial cinema in Chennai by organizing periodical screenings of world-class films. It has more than 500 registered members including Film directors, cinematographers, cine technicians and film lovers. ICAF started organizing Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) in the year 2003 with the state government extending its support from 2008. Each edition of CIFF has seen a gradual growth in terms of attendance as well as popularity.
The 19th edition of the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), which will be held from December 30 to January 6 this year. The film festival will have 121 films from 53 countries screened. This will be the first time that films from Kazakhstan, Ghana, Cambodia, Uruguay and Latvia will become part of the festival. The event is organized by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF) in association with PVR and One Mercuri and is hugely supported by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The CIFF is scheduled to open with the Italian drama film Three Floors directed by Nanni Moretti.
On Thursday, the organising committee of CIFF announced that 11 films have been shortlisted for the Tamil Film Competition by the preview committee. These are Ainthu Unarvugal, Boomika, Karnan, Kattil, Kayamai Kadakka, Maara, Ramae Aandalum Raavane Andaalum, Seththumann, Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum, Thaen, and Udanpirappae. As a part of the Indian Panorama category, 10 films in Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, and Dimasa are also scheduled to be screened.