Each January, the Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) brings filmmakers, artists, and audiences together to celebrate award-winning films from around the world. The festival will screen more than 120 films from 35 countries showcasing a diverse range of genres. Held from January 19 to 28 at LOOK Dine-In Cinema in Downtown Chandler, the 2024 festival is in its eighth year and has expanded into a week-long event with free downtown parking.
Highlights include an opening night ceremony, red carpet events, interactive workshops, film screenings, and special celebrity appearances by such actors as Cuba Gooding Jr., Eric Roberts, and Dean Norris, among many others. The 10-day event culminates in an Oscar-inspired gala complete with red carpet entrance, gourmet dinner and awards presentations.
This year’s event is also being held in partnership with the City of Chandler’s 29th annual Multicultural Festival, designed to honor the city’s heritage and diversity. Here’s what else you can expect at the 2024 Chandler International Film Festival.
With more than 120 films being screened, movie buffs won’t have any trouble finding the perfect flick to sit back, relax and enjoy. Genres include thriller, horror, comedy, documentary, and animation. Buzz-worthy films include the world premieres of “Third Wheel,” a millennial coming-of-age breakup story; and “Guardians,” which tells the story of a charismatic minister who works with guardian angels to save people from modern-day, life-threatening situations.
The festival kicks off with red carpet festivities at LOOK on January 19. Don your best formal wear and mingle with the likes of filmmakers and actors, including Mallory Everton, Colin Mochrie and Jason Gray, stars of “Villains Inc.,” a film three co-workers left destitute and living in an abandoned grocery store after the death of their boss.
Party into the Night
Each night of the film festival concludes with an after-party where you can meet filmmakers and enjoy local sips and bites at spots like Recreo Cantina, La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen, The Uncommon, The Stillery, DTC Sports Grille, West Alley BBQ, Craft 64, and The Perch.
Festival-goers can register for a variety of workshops taught by professionals, including Jon Fitzgerald, who will teach the ins and outs of entering your film in a festival; Sean Dillingham, who will cover the finer points of improv and scene study; and Spero Stamboulis, who will lead a film distribution workshop. You’re also invited to participate in “Coffee Connections” events featuring conversations with representatives from the Arizona Film Commission, Chandler mayor Kevin Hartke, and actor Patrick Kilpatrick.
And the Award Goes To…
The festival wraps up with a glamorous awards ceremony at SoHo63, where winners from multiple categories will be announced, including best new filmmaker, best feature film, and best international film.