Well known names from the southern cine biz such as Sivakumar, Ram, Suhasini Maniratnam, Mohan, Balaji Sakthivel, Rajesh, Ramesh Kanna, Parthiban, Santha Kumar, Poornima Bhagyaraj were among those who took part at the event.
A portrait of Amitabh Bachchan was prominent at the gala event, which was specially made to honour him.
One of the festival patrons were heard saying that while one can download copies of most foreign films from the internet, but watching it with audience is definitely a different experience.
To honour the time and money spent by hundreds of cinema lovers, CIFF dedicated a special award for the passionate film buff.
'Vazhakku Enn', bagged the first prize in the Tamil film competition, while another film 'Sattai' came second in the race.
The grand festival, which had huge number of southern directors, was held at Woodlands theater in Chennai.
The event had Big B stealing all the lime light.
As part of '100 years of Indian cinema', Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' and a Malayalam drama called 'Vasunthara' were also screened.
It was a privilege to pay a meager amount of Rs.500 and have the luxury to watch 100 foreign films at the event.
CIFF, currently spearheaded by filmmaker Suhasini Mani Ratnam, was started in 2003.
The eight day event screened around 154 films across five venues here.
Amitabh Bachchan received a grand welcome by all present at the event.
A man was seen sketching the mega star live on stage.
Also, 'Pizza' director Karthik Subburaj was rewarded with a special jury award for his individual excellence.
The third prize of Rs. 10,000 was bagged by a documentary called 'World Cinema' by Arikarasudhan.
'Chennai Gaana' by Vydianathan Ramaswamy, AND another Tamil documentary won the second prize worth Rs 20,000.
This year's festival constituted of 67 percent women and 33 percent men, thus making it a festival where women have superseded men not only in number but also in overall contribution.
Also, there were 133 foreign films from over 50 countries.
Amitabh, 70, graced the evening as the chief guest and gave away prizes to all the winners.
The event saw large number of guests from all parts of the world.
The Hindu organized a two minute documentary contest called 'Slice of Chennai', which captured the essence of the city in two minutes.
Renowned deccan star Revathy was also among many present at the event.
An interesting bouquet of world cinema, overwhelming numbers of women movies and presence of Amitabh Bachchan marked the 10th Chennai International Film Festival to a close.
Also, films from countries such as Australia, Argentina, Algeria, Austria, France, Belgium and many more were screened at the festival.
A Tamil documentary 'Dhobi Khana' by S. Lokesh won the first prize worth Rs 30,000.
The event also saw huge number of South Indian stars.
Big B sat enthralled while a black and white portrait of his was being made.
Some of the best films screened were Palme d'Or winning French-drama 'Amour', Oscar-nominated Bosnian drama 'Children of Sarajevo', and also American fantasy-drama 'Beasts of Southern Wild'.
An award was given to the person who watched and reviewed maximum number of films screened at the festival.