Shorts Competition

A juried competition that awards prizes in seven categories. SLIFF’s narrative and documentary shorts programming is officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Doc Shorts: Animated Lives

Friday, November 2 at 5:00pm
A collection that demonstrates animation isn't just for fiction.

Doc Shorts: Black Voices

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A diverse chorus of black voices addresses subjects both local and national.

Doc Shorts: Complicated Families

Monday, November 5 at 5:00pm
A program that focuses on interpersonal conflict and the harrowing situations that families often face.

Doc Shorts: Coping with Hardship

Friday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Despite the challenges of disability or illness, the subjects of these films carry on and thrive.

Doc Shorts: Gay Elders

Sunday, November 11 at 6:30pm
A look back at those who dared to be out and proud in the past and who fought for LGTBQ lives.

Doc Shorts: International Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at lives and events far from home.

Doc Shorts: Method M Films

Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm
A collection of films from graduates of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.

Doc Shorts: Women Around the Globe

Thursday, November 8 at 5:00pm
A program that spotlights women who stand up and help other women.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 2 at 9:40pm
Animated selections that will warm your heart and blow your mind.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Sunday, November 4 at 9:10pm
An animated sampler with a specific focus on international creations.

Narrative Shorts: Baring It All

Saturday, November 3 at 8:45pm
A program that exposes, both literally and figuratively, tenderness and vulnerability seldom seen onscreen.

Narrative Shorts: Comedy

Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm
Laughter is the universal language in this collection of comedies from around the globe.

Narrative Shorts: Dark Comedy

Sunday, November 11 at 9:00pm
A selection of dark and demented — but also funny — films.

Narrative Shorts: Drama

Sunday, November 11 at 3:00pm
A program in which things take a decided turn toward the dramatic.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

Tuesday, November 6 at 9:15pm
Take a walk on the wild side in this program of mind-bending shorts.

Narrative Shorts: Fantasy

Thursday, November 8 at 9:15pm
A compendium of classic yarns and modern parables.

Narrative Shorts: Horror

Wednesday, November 7 at 9:15pm
A selection of blood-curdlingly scary stories.

Narrative Shorts: Music & Musicals

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:30pm
Music plays an integral part in this collection of note-perfect shorts.

Narrative Shorts: Sci-Fi

Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm
Exceptional tales of the future that portend a dark destiny for humanity.

Narrative Shorts: Stars in Shorts

Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Big names in small films that feature Lisa Edelstein, Emily Mortimer, George Takei, and more.

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 3 at 11:00am
A delightful program geared toward kids ages 3-8.

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 2

Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm
A children's program with a sophisticated touch that's perfect for kids ages 8-12.

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00pm
A selection of the best films from the 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.