SLIFF is a regional, internationally themed film event dedicated to exploring cross-cultural understanding through the art of the cinema. Its mission is to enhance cultural diversity by bringing American independent productions, horizon-expanding international films and high-quality studio films to audiences before their commercial release. The Festival is especially concerned with providing film-goers and cineastes the opportunity to see works that would otherwise never screen in St. Louis. USA Today named SLIFF one of the 2019 top "10 amazing film festivals worth traveling for."

The festival is produced by Cinema St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization.

SLIFF has over 3 dozen juried and audience choice awards. Juried awards include the New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director's competition ($500 cash prize), the Interfaith Award for narrative and documentary features, the Midrash Award focusing on St. Louis based filmmakers, and the new Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Feature award ($5,000 cash prize).

Additionally, SLIFF is an Academy-sanctioned qualifying festival for both narrative and documentary short subjects. Winners of the juried award for Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, Best of Fest (Narrative Short), and Best Documentary Short can submit to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar® consideration.

Full award information can be found on the Cinema St. Louis website.

Conditions for Eligibility:

1) be fully completed by entry deadline (NO works-in-progress)
2) be a St. Louis theatrical premiere
3) be submitted with English subtitles if in a language other than English
4) be submitted with a completed entry form and appropriate payment
5) not be widely commercially or publicly available on video/DVD, cable, YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, or On Demand in the St. Louis region prior to the festival dates.

Entry Procedure:
Please read and understand the agreement at the end of this form before submitting. For preview purposes, films may be submitted on secure online screener with password or by mail on a flash drive. DO NOT submit a Blu-ray or DVD. Submit entry fee and a completed online entry form with a viewable preview copy link.

If you want your flash drive returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped, padded envelope. Nothing will be returned otherwise. It is advised that you keep a copy of this completed application for your own reference.

If your film is selected, publicity images must be sent immediately. 300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format. All invited short subjects must be immediately available for upload or delivery upon invitation.

Please contact Cinema St. Louis for questions and clarifications. All entrants will be notified of the status of their submission by e-mail no later than September 30, 2019. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

Overall Rating
  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival!!!

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to have been part of the festival with my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS).

    Thanks a lot to the director and crew of the festival for their great attention and kindness, in special to Brian Spath, NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAMMER, OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR, thank you so much!

    For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future. See you soon ST.LOUIS!

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2019
  • Anderson Clark

    My first time at this festival was a great experience. As a filmmaker, I was impressed with the parties, networking, communication and the support. As an attendee, I was impressed with the venues, the films and the number and helpfulness of the volunteers. It was an overall great experience.

    December 2018

    First time at this great event. As a visiting director from Ireland, with a documentary screening in the festival, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. All the communication beforehand was the model of clarity and efficiency. My screening venues - St. Louis Public Library and St. Louis History Museum - were unbeatable, and we had some great Q&A sessions afterwards. The standard of reproduction in the History Museum screening was particularly stunning. The Cheshire Hotel was great, the party hosted by Ron Stevens and Joy Grdnic in their Westmoreland Place home a highlight. I hope I can return.

    November 2018
  • Vince O'Connell

    Professional organization. Great venues with receptive audiences. Dedicated and engaging staff and volunteers. Awesome parties and a wide selection of films from interesting and creative filmmakers. SLIFF is at the top of our festival list.

    November 2018
  • I had a wonderful time at SLIFF and loved the selection of short films that were played in my film's block. The festival programmer's were very accommodating and I got a chance to meet many wonderful filmmakers from around the world at the event the fest organized.

    November 2018