Chautauqua International Film Festival Makes Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals in the World

Nelson Blish of Rochester, NY receiving one of the 5 awards his film Turnabout received from the CIFF 2017. Executive Director Diana Lenska is presenting the award.

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As of August 2017, Jamestown, NY’s own Chautauqua International Film Festival (CIFF) has been honored to be placed in the top 100 best reviewed festivals in the world! This puts the CIFF in the top 2%!

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Over 15 filmmakers from around the world attended the 2017 CIFF held the last weekend of July.

Filmmakers living close to our area who won awards includes merit award winner Michael Leo Centi for his camp horror, All Hollow’s Eve Horror, originally from Jamestown now residing in Buffalo, NY, Nelson Blish whose film Turnabout took home 5 awards, he resides in Rochester, NY. Talented filmmaker Rick Massi’s retro black and white series Tales Of Darkened Light took home a merit award. Rick lives in Buffalo, NY.

To view the full list of winners and to see the 30 minute InDvue TV award video go to the CIFF website at

Diana Lenska the Executive Director and founder of the festival is a multi-award-winning Singer, Actress, Producer, Director, and Screenplay writer among other things! The Technical Director for a second year is the multi-talented Mathew Smith who currently has been working on a western film project, Brimstone Saint in Ohio.

The Chautauqua International Film Festival is open for 2018 submissions. The third year of the festival will make it eligible for an IMDb recognized film festival, and, more venues and workshops are being added in 2018! To submit your film for the CIFF 2018 go to