The 2019 Syracuse International Film Festival will take place on October 10-13. Now in its 16th year, the festival presents films from around the world in a juried competition. The Syracuse International Film Festival is sponsored in partnership with CNY Film Professionals and Syracuse University.


We seek films on any subject. Submissions can be any length, any genre, and can include Feature Film, Feature Documentaries, Animation, Experimental Films, Short Films, Music Videos, and Web Series. Music Videos will be judged based on the creative quality and concept of the visual. For Web Series, filmmakers should submit only ONE episode.


All submissions must have a copyright date of 2017 or later. Judges are professional filmmakers, film critics, and writers.


Memphis Majic Film Talk

We present our 3rd FilmTalk on March 23rd (Saturday)  at Shemin Auditorium S.U. Campus 6-9pm.  The event is free.


The film is Memphis Majic, a new age civil rights film that chronicles the economic resilience of black Memphis communities through its own take on Hip Hop.  The film looks at racism, calculated economic lynching, and the remaking of black economic opportunity through a new dance form. The Majic is in rewriting black DNA through the innovation of its youth, elder rap stars, and religious foundations. All this through the lens of a 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called “Jookin”.


Screening of the film will be followed by Q&A with Director Eddie Bailey and International Producer Sean McLeod


Director Eddie Bailey Emmy-nominated CUNY TV producer and filmmaker introduces his latest documentary, ‘Memphis Majic,’ a film that looks at the history of his hometown and the 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called, “Jookin.”


Sean McLeod is an Executive Producer, Businessman, and American Choreographer whose work spans more than 30 years and 3 continents including NYC, across the US, and internationally to the West Indies, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa.  His life work focuses on using the skill-sets based in the performing arts to teach Communication to executives, corporations, families, and administrators.



The Syracuse International Film Festival was created in 2003 as the place where information by, for and about film and media-related programs could be brought to the community: members produce, present and promote programs throughout the year that are created to engage, inspire, and entertain.

Our Mission is to engage, entertain, inform and inspire the community through innovative film and media programs and  film-based special events throughout the year; to build partnerships and present programs that will enrich the CNY community through the world of international film.


Our Vision is to bring to the community the latest information on the Syracuse filmmaking scene.  SIFF works with the Onondaga County Film Commission to make possible local, national, and international filmmaking projects that add economic, cultural, and educational value to Syracuse and Central New York.


Our Founders, S.U. Professor Owen J. Shapiro and his wife, Christine Fawcett-Shapiro created the SIFF organization in 2003. Their dedication towards the film industry, continues to guide SIFF and has helped it become what it is today.


Our Growth is made possible by a volunteer Board of Directors and support from such institutions as Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Onondaga County, CNY Film Professionals, and various businesses, individuals, and organizations help support our work in the community and beyond. Over the past 13 years, Syracuse International Film Festival has grown beyond an annual festival event to become a year-round producer of screenings and media-related programs for the whole community.


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