St. Louis International Film Festival

Nov. 2-12, 2017

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.

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.

The 26th annual festival is now accepting submissions. Films may be submitted through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway using the links to the right.

Early Bird: March 31, 2017
Regular Deadline: June 30, 2017
Late Deadline: July 31, 2017

Submissions are now open.

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

July 16-20, 2017

The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Programs with feature-length films include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers.

The festival is now accepting submissions. Films may be submitted through FilmFreeway using the links to the right. All Showcase submissions are automatically considered for SLIFF.

May 31, 2017

Submissions are now open.

Video Loops at Central Library

September 30, 2017

Experimental Cinema at Central Library returns in 2017 with an all day interactive event on Saturday, September 30th. Central Library and Cinema St. Louis invite St. Louis-area filmmakers to create short, silent works of video art that bear repeating.

This juried competition will award cash prizes – $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place – to the top three entries. The winning shorts will then be featured as part of a looped program that will screen on Central Library’s “Discovery Walls”( 4 large-screen monitors throughout the building), and during a screening in Central’s Auditorium on Saturday, September 30th. In addition to the three cash-prize winners, up to seven other works will be chosen to be part of the program. These 10 works will also be featured on a DVD for checkout at Saint Louis Public Library.

Only St. Louis area filmmakers are eligible to apply and must live within a 120-mile radius of St. Louis.

The event is now accepting submissions. Films may be submitted through FilmFreeway using the link to the right.

August 12, 2017

Submissions are now open.