Senior Advisor to CCFF; President & Founder of the Piton International Film Festival (PIFF) (St. Lucia).

The Chicago Caribbean Film Festival (CCFF) is sponsored by the Caribbean American Heritage Council of Illinois (CAHCIL). As of February 6, 2017, CAHCIL became a §501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations are welcomed. The Caribbean includes English, Spanish, French, and Dutch speaking countries.


Founded in February, 2015, we work alongside the Piton International Film Festival (PIFF) (Saint Lucia); Houston Caribbean Film Festival (HCFF); and the Hampton Roads Caribbean Film Festival (HRCFF). The festival occurs in the month of June in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month (CAHM).


The new screening dates for CCFF 2017 are June 5th through June 15th (major festival) and June 28th through June 30th (mini festival). The major film festival will be held at the Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch) in the Veteran's Room, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois 60301. The mini film festival will be held at North Park University (NPU), 3225 Foster Avenue, Carlson Building #13, Chicago, Illinois 60625.

Rules & Terms
All Films submitted to the Chicago Caribbean Film Festival must  have a connection to the Caribbean. The films must have one of the following to be accepted: a Caribbean Subject Matter; filmed in the Caribbean; Caribbean Actors; Caribbean Producers; or Caribbean Filmmakers. We accept short films (films less than 40 minutes); documentary films and feature films (40 minutes or longer). As previously stated, the Caribbean includes English, Spanish, French, and Dutch speaking countries.

Kelley Watson

Ashantie Mercy

Bermuda & Florida Liaison
for CCFF.

Jamaica & Dominica Liaison for CCFF.

Marlin E. Kirby

Edmund "Umoja" Herman

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of the Chicago Caribbean Film Festival (CCFF).

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