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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the seriousness of the ongoing world health crisis and the ongoing need for strong social distancing, we have had to make the difficult decision to move the St. Louis International Film Festival this year to an exclusive and secure online platform in November. We encourage you to still submit your projects for consideration, and our staff will continue to evaluate submitted films.

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 must be submitted on secure online screener with password. DO NOT submit a Blu-ray or DVD. Submit entry fee and a completed online entry form with a viewable preview copy link.

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, 2020. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

It is our intention at this time to hold the event live or potentially online in November. We do not currently have a refund policy in place.

Overall Rating
  • Carly Bryant

    Having our film MY BLOOD IS RED selected for the Focus on Human Rights Competition was a great honour. Our team from NEEDS MUST FILM were treated with tremendous hospitality and personal attention for which we're grateful. All in all it was a fantastic experience!

    January 2020
  • Danielle Eliska Lyle

    What an honor to be a part of the SLIFF. We were beyond thrilled to be included in the 2019 line-up. A special thanks to Brian, Jim and Chris for your patience and kindness during the film specs process. Everyone was incredibly responsive an helpful. Chris was so kind. I mean, the best team of folks. I was unable to attend, unfortunately, but I only heard and saw great things on social media about all the happenings of this year's festival. I would definitely apply to SLIFF again. Beautiful festival, wonderful team. Thank you all so much for choosing SHIELD. xo.

    December 2019
  • Garren Edwards

    I would really like to thank Cliff, Sarah + SLIFF on such wonderful accommodations from start to finish. It was wonderful to meet and network with fellow filmmakers and audience members.

    THANK YOU AGAIN!! - Normal, The Documentary

    December 2019
  • Awesome film festival. My film screened at The kids showcasing. There were a large turnout of kids and their parents. The screening was held at the beautiful historic museum

    December 2019
  • Great festival with down-to-earth vibe. Often as a short filmmaker, you get lost in the festival shuffle but not here. Submit now, you won't regret it! And if you're able to attend be ready for a warm welcome.

    December 2019