Chandler International Film Festival Coming to Downtown Chandler
Filmmakers From Around the World to Gather January 13-15 at SoHo 63
Chandler is finally home to a world-class film festival. The Chandler International Film Festival is coming to Downtown Chandler from Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 15, 2017, at SoHo 63 on E. Boston St. An eclectic mix of filmmakers, industry professionals, students and movie buffs will gather to network, have a good time and celebrate the magic of cinema.
"We are honored and thrilled to welcome the Chandler International Film Festival to Downtown Chandler and SoHo 63," said Chandler City Councilmember René Lopez. "We have a diverse, multicultural community that values and supports the arts in many ways.The opportunity to see so many unique and creative international films will spark a tremendous amount of interest and excitement. It's going to be a great weekend in Chandler."
A unique and pioneering film festival, CIFF will feature screenings of more than 100 movies selected from thousands of submissions by talented filmmakers from all over the world. The primary focus of the festival is to showcase creative independent film direction through diversity, innovation and uniqueness while capturing the series of movements and experiences of a single film.
"We are doing this to encourage emerging movie makers to continue creating by appreciating their work, giving them the recognition they deserve and helping them create more opportunities through networking, publicity and distribution,” says CIFF Creator and Director, Mitesh Patel, himself a film producer.
The Chandler International Film Festival is designed to help filmmakers from across the world build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry, provide support through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking, and try to help overcome any other obstacles which potentially hinder the artist’s ability to bring their artistic visions to life through the magic of cinema.
Throughout the year, films have been submitted, screened and selected for awards such as “Best Picture of the Month,” which gets a screening at the annual event to compete for “Best of the Best Picture.”For each month, the official selection and winner are announced on the CIFF website, chandlerfilmfestival.com.In addition, all monthly "Best Picture" winners get a trophy and distribution offer. There will also be a "Viewer's Choice" award that attendees will vote for over the weekend.
"We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and select only high-quality films. Only the best ones make it into the festival."
Filmmakers will have access to festival screenings, red carpet Interviews and all the networking opportunities that come along with a festival of this size and magnitude.
The festival will begin Friday evening with a "CHANDLERWOOD " premiere gala. Guests will walk the red carpet, take pictures and enjoy a cocktail hour followed by the opening ceremony with remarks from Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. Jim Grieshaber of iHeart Radio and JAMM7 will serve as emcee. The festival will include a "dinner and a movie" screening Saturday night, industry workshops and after-parties. It will culminate with the Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening that will include a "Viewers Choice" award.
"This is a very important event for us as a city with a deep commitment to the arts,” adds Terri Kimble, President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. "We are proud and excited to welcome it with open arms."
The event is open to the public. Food and beverages will be available throughout the weekend. Ticket prices start at $25, and are on sale now at chandlerfilmfestival.com.
Chandler-based JAMM7 Media is the official marketing and event management company of the 2017 Chandler International Film Festival.Contact JAMM7's Jim Grieshaber at (480) 398-0662 or email [email protected] for more information.