Chicago Southland International Film Festival is Seeking Pre Screeners

Members of the Library at Governors State University were involved with the founding of the Chicago Southland International Film Festival CSIFF,, and are working to help recruit pre-screeners for this year's festival taking place October 15-17, 2021. If you are interested in film and pre-screening a variety of independent films for CSIFF, we invite you to become a volunteer pre-screener between May 1-June 30, 2021,

Pre-Screeners need a keen eye and appreciation for film. They are ultimately responsible for assisting in choosing the Official Selections, which are then moved on to the judges. The CSIFF committee asks that Pre-screeners submit a brief statement of their qualifications for the position along with a film review (1 page or less) of one of the following films by no later than April 5, 2021:

Drama/Comedy -

12 Years a Slave (2013) / Dir. Steve McQueen

JoJo Rabbit / 2019 / Dir. Taika Waititi

Lady Bird (2017) / Dir. Greta Gerwig

Marriage Story (2019) / Dir. Noah Baumbach

Moonrise Kingdom (2012 / Dir. Wes Anderson

Moonlight (2016) / Barry Jenkins

Pan's Labyrinth (2006) / Guillermo del Toro

Sin Nombre (2009) / Cary Joji Fukunaga

Whiplash 2014) / Damien Chazelle

Documentaries -

13th / (2016) / Dir. Ava DuVernay

Amy (2015) / Dir. Asif Kapadia

My Kid Could Paint That / (2007) / Dir. Amir Bar Lev

Tower / (2016) / Dir. Keith Maitland

Applications will be reviewed by CSIFF committee members then selected volunteers will be contacted with their FilmFreeway login information before May 1. Co-founders Josh Young and Suzanne Patterson will then provide an informal and fun review session of and the rating system for all volunteers.

All Pre-screeners are provided a full festival pass and receive exclusive CSIFF 2021 swag.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please send your questions or information to the festival committee at

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