Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Short Documentary Program

The 26th Whitaker St Louis International Film Festival (held from Nov. 2-12, 2017) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Tribeca Film Institute to stimulate the art of short-form documentary storytelling.

Calling all filmmakers living and working in the American Midwest: a new short-film pitch competition for Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Short Documentary Program is now open for submissions!

Tribeca Film Institute, in partnership with St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), is currently seeking short documentary projects directed by filmmakers living and working in the American Midwest for the IF/Then Short Documentary Program. IF/Then is a new program developed by Tribeca Film Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Its goal is to discover and empower more inclusive voices in short film storytelling and give wider access to thoughtful stories from people of all backgrounds.

Up to six projects will be selected for a pitch competition, to be held in St. Louis during SLIFF on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. The winner, selected by a professional jury, will be eligible for up to $20,000 in production support from IF/Then, as well as ongoing mentorship year-round – in person or virtually – and will participate in a year-long distribution initiative managed by Tribeca Film Institute that offers creative control, revenue potential and career development.

Sept. 15, 2017

Submissions are now closed.

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 CLOSED.

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 CLOSED

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 closed.