Our apologies, but this contest has been canceled. Learn more about our 2023 Faith and Film Festival. https://www.csl.edu/resources/continuing-education/faith-and-film-festival/

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Faith and Film Festival is an annual gathering to screen and ponder Christian themes in contemporary cinema. Geared toward people interested in film and theology, the festival serves as an opportunity for participants to explore Christian themes in movies and develop eyes to see film in new ways. During the annual event, participants spend three days viewing films; hearing from theologians, pastors and film critics; and engaging in challenging discussions about the ways in which the themes of redemption, reconciliation, mercy and grace are embedded in film. In 2023 the Faith and Film Festival short film competition is based on the theme of FAITH.

Four films will be selected as finalists and will be shown during the festival.

In 2023, our second short film competition, will be based on the theme of FAITH. The competition is open to amateur filmmakers who are at least 18 years old. Films may be of any genre or style (narrative, experimental, animation or documentary). The submission fee is $25.

Four films will be selected as finalists and will be screened during the Faith and Film Festival. A jury of film critics, producers, scholars and professors will judge the films based on technique, storytelling and representation of the theme.

The 2023 Faith and Film Festival will take place Jan. 26-28 on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and will feature a screening of each of the four finalist short films. One film festival pass will be awarded to each of the four short film finalists.

This is a competitive, curated event and submission does not guarantee an invitation. Please read below and acknowledge the rules, terms and conditions for eligibility.


1) Be COMPLETED by entry deadline (no works-in-progress) of Oct. 15, 2022

2) Be produced after Jan. 31, 2018

3) Be submitted with English subtitles if produced in a language other than English

4) Be 10 minutes or less in length, including all credits

5) Be submitted with contact information including mailing address, phone number and email

6) Include necessary clearances including but not limited to music, sound effects and talent


Please read and understand the agreement before submitting. For preview purposes, films may be submitted on secure online screener through FilmFreeway. All preview materials must be received by Oct. 15, 2022. There is no limit on the number of films any one person may submit.

All finalists will be notified by Dec. 15, 2022. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

Publicity images must be 300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in JPG or PNG format. All invited short subjects should be submitted as an MOV or mp4 file (Pro Res or H.264).

Please email at faithandfilm@csl.edu with any questions or clarifications.


By submitting your work to the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Faith and Film Festival, you are agreeing to this statement:

In submitting this work, I am claiming that it is my own and that I hold all necessary copyright or have the permission of the appropriate owners of copyright to incorporate portions of their work.

Yes, I am the creator and author of the work submitted. In the event my entry contains the work of other individuals or organizations (including any copyrighted photographs, musical compositions, etc.), I understand that it is my responsibility to obtain any necessary permissions and/or licenses.

Yes, I have the necessary rights and/or permissions to use the visual elements in this entry.

Yes, I have the necessary rights and/or permissions to use the audio in this entry.

It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festival films, so filmmakers should contact them directly to avoid any possible infringements. The Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Faith and Film Festival does not check to make sure the filmmaker has cleared these materials at any point during the application process, nor will Concordia Seminary, St. Louis be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in submitted films. No media/film accepted for programming can be pulled from the festival. Permission is also granted to Concordia Seminary to share the submitter’s YouTube and/or Vimeo video link to the submitted film; or if not available or in existence, give permission to Concordia Seminary to place the submitted film on the Concordia Seminary YouTube and/or Vimeo page; and link submitted films to corresponding Concordia Seminary websites (including but not limited to csl.edu, concordiatheology.org, scholar.csl.edu).


• Short Film Competition opening date: June 30, 2022

• Submission deadline: Oct. 15, 2022

• Notification date: Dec. 15, 2022

• Event date: Jan. 26-28, 2023