Chennai International Film Festival pushed to February 2021

The Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), which is the biggest film festival in Tamil Nadu, will not happen during December this year and has been rescheduled to February 2021. The fest is the latest cultural event to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Organised by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, with support from the Government of Tamil Nadu, the Chennai International Film Festival has been a regular feature in the city since 2002. This year would have marked the 18th edition of the festival, which is attended by many film buffs and film students.

In a press release, the organisers of the festival informed, “We wish to inform that due to the pandemic we have rescheduled our 18th Edition of our Chennai International Film Festival to 18-25 February 2021 instead of December 2020.”

However, they did not reveal details about the films that are likely to be part of this edition of the fest.

They only stated that the format of CIFF will remain the same. “As usual, we will have the following sections in the festival. 1. World Cinema 2. Tamil Feature Film Competition 3. Indian Panorama 4. Retrospective 5. Country Focus,” they noted and added that “Further details will be furnished in due course”.

Given that COVID-19 situation has forced the government to enforce strict safety measures to contain its spread, the festival, which usually witnesses screenings of films from across the world, in many theatres across the city, certainly comes with safety challenges. The government has only now given permission for movie halls across the state to open again, and they will be reopening today (November 10).