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.

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

Awards & Prizes

SLIFF has over 3 dozen juried and audience choice awards. Juried awards include the New Filmmakers Forum emerging director's competition, the Interfaith Award for narrative and documentary features, and the Midrash Award focusing on St. Louis based filmmakers.

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.

Rules & Terms

Conditions for Eligibility:

1) be 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 DVD. DO NOT submit a Blu-ray. Submit entry fee and a completed entry form (via mail or online) with a viewable preview copy (link or DVD).

If you want your screener 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 should be submitted electronically or on a flash drive as an .mov file (Pro Res or H.264).

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, 2017. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

12 Reviews

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    Chad McClarnon

    This is a really great fest run by very passionate people. They care about what they're doing, and it shows. St. Louis is an amazing town, so any excuse to visit is good. This is a long fest and traveling filmmakers sort of disappear during the week. I also wish the festival had a central Filmmaker Lounge that was open throughout the fest so filmmakers always have a place to convene.

    November 2017
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    Michelle Bossy

    I had a great time at SLIFF this year. The films they choose are of high quality. I love the Tivoli theater, where my films screened. I would definitely submit to this festival again.

    November 2017
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    kyoungmin Park

    Such a Great every sec....
    Just only i got one word or sentence.
    wonderful. best festival in my life.
    I felt like....beautyful mind every person. and good vibe.
    thank you so much St.Louis Int. Fest.
    hope to see you again soon.

    November 2017
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    Timothy Barksdale

    Outstanding festival. We had our first screening in what felt like an obscure location. But people showed up! We had about 60% of the room filled. One screening was cancelled at the last minute, but we had 5 others! Finally, our last screening was at a local High school. I was not optimistic- but 230 people showed up and it was WONDERFUL! The Filmmakers party was special.

    November 2017
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    Laura Valtorta

    I enjoyed this festival and found the networking to be particularly helpful. The city of St. Louis was very interesting -- especially the Delmar region.

    December 2016