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.

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 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, 2018. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

Overall Rating
  • So blessed to have a festival of this caliber in what I now call home. The St. Louis International film festival boasts a wide range of films, in amazing venues, and great events that inspire further creativity. Highly recommend!

    April 2018
  • I was honored to have my film premiere at the SLIFF in 2016. The screening venue and the activities during the festival were very engaging, and it helped boost my team's confidence and launch us in to a run of 17 more festivals over the last year! Thanks SLIFF!

    January 2018
  • Lonnie Edwards

    Absolutely amazing! I definitely need to be a part of this festival again next year!

    December 2017
  • Quincy Perkins

    A beautifully run festival that is great for both filmmakers and audiences alike!

    November 2017
  • 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