The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films/filmmakers with strong local ties.

The film programs that will screen serve as the Showcase’s centerpiece. The programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Programs with feature-length films include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers.

The 2019 event will take place over 2 consecutive weekends in mid July (12-14 and 19-21) at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

More than 2 dozen awards given by the St. Louis Film Critics Association, plus invitations to the St. Louis International FIlm Festival.

Please read and acknowledge the Rules, Terms, and Conditions for Eligibility:

1) be written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or those with strong local ties
2) be COMPLETED by entry deadline (NO works-in-progress)
3) be a St. Louis theatrical premiere
4) be submitted with English subtitles if in a language other than English
5) be submitted with all contact info and appropriate entry fee payment
6) It is strongly preferred that films not be commercially or publicly available on video/DVD, cable, YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, Faceboo, or On Demand in the St. Louis region prior to the festival dates. Being on one of these platforms does not disqualify an entry, but first priority will be given to works that are true premieres.
7) Public cast/crew screenings, especially features, prior to the event are also highly discouraged.

Entry Procedure:
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 May 31st. No exceptions.

If your film is selected, it is mandatory that the projection master file be delivered via Dropbox or delivered to the CSL office on a flash or hard drive NO LATER THAN July 1. NO exceptions. Publicity images, if available, must also be sent promptly. 300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format. All invited short subjects should be submitted as an .mov file (Pro Res or H.264). Specs will be provided with acceptance letter.

Please contact Cinema St. Louis for any/all questions and clarifications. All entrants will be notified of the status of their submission by e-mail no later than June 7, 2019. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

NOTE: At no extra charge SLFS submissions are also eligible for consideration for the 28th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, Nov. 7-17, 2019. You will not need to resubmit your film.

Overall Rating
  • Shawn Holt

    A+ all the way around....

    August 2019
  • Great festival in St. Louis - very well run. Excellent communication. Looking forward to SLIFF!

    July 2019
  • Sam Nickelson

    This is a great festival with an even better staff. SLFS curates a great line up with an incredible variety. It was an honor to be featured this year and I'm looking forward to SLIFF!

    July 2019
  • Benjamin Dewhurst

    The St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase is a treasure for all filmmakers in the area or with St. Louis ties. We're so lucky to have the venue and the wonderful team supporting it. They work tirelessly to make us understand that our art is valued and deserves a great at-home festival experience. Highly recommend.

    October 2018
  • Chris Clark and staff made this festival, our very first, a most exciting and enjoyable experience. We traveled a long way to attend and it was worth every mile.
    Patrick Payne

    September 2018