Invited Films

We're excited to screen your film at the 28th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), Nov. 7-17, 2019. This page is a portal to assist with inbound print traffic of your film and to provide festival laurels and links to guest-travel information. 

Keep track of festival happenings by following us on Twitter and Instagram . Both the SLIFF and Cinema St. Louis Facebook pages will also have up-to-date info on the festival. Spreading the word about your screening will certainly help with the overall success of the festival.


Deadline: Friday, Oct. 4. Deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting images.

For the purposes of the program, website, and local press (TV, web, print, and radio), we need a strong set of images from the various films in the festival. Please upload NO MORE THAN 3 IMAGES maximum from your film. Acceptable file formats are JPG, PNG, or TIF. Each image should be titled with the name of your film followed by the numbers 1, 2 and 3 (e.g., FilmName1.jpg). Try to make No. 1 your favorite of the set. All images sent will not be used, but having alternatives is helpful. We look for striking visuals that stand out and tell part of the story they represent. What we ultimately use are the best images we receive quickly so we can get the website up and program printed. Click on the link to upload images directly to our Dropbox. DO NOT send posters, anything with text on it, or behind-the-scenes or crew shots. Provide only still images from the film itself.


DEADLINE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH. Please have your film file uploaded or in our possession by this date. Be aware of where your film will be screening and what format is required for that venue. It takes a great deal of time to assemble and test all of the features and shorts programs in advance, so please don't wait until the very last second to send in your projection file.

To facilitate and streamline our projection and print traffic this year, we are partnering with Simple DCP. All features and shorts at our three main venues (Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, and Brown Hall at Washington University) will be screened from DCP. Below is a link to upload your film directly to their server. They will then provide drives to the festival for each venue. If you do not currently have a DCP file for your film and it will be screening in one of the main venues, we ask that you must have one created on your own or by Simple DCP. They are offering highly competitive rates for participating SLIFF filmmakers. All files will be quality-control checked on their end before being sent to the theater before the festival. 

Additional festival venues will only be capable of screening from files for shorts and files or Blu-rays for features. These include the Missouri History Museum, Stage at KDHX, Moore Auditorium at Webster University, and certain shows in satellite venues for our Cinema for Students screenings. 

Delivery Options:

  1. DCP: Required if you are screening at Brown Hall/Washington University, Plaza Frontenac or the Tivoli.

UPLOAD your DCP files to Simple DCP here

  1. File: Required if your SHORT is screening at the Missouri History Museum, Stage at KDHX, or Moore Auditorium/Webster University. Specs for short films below.

Click on the links below to upload short film projection files directly to our Dropbox. 

Upload SHORTS files to Dropbox here

  1. Blu-ray: Required if your FEATURE is screening at the Missouri History Museum, Stage at KDHX, or Moore Auditorium/Webster University. Please also include a backup Blu-ray or DVD. We can also screen a feature from file at Missouri History Museum and Stage at KDHX. Please inquire as to options. 

You should send Blu-rays, flash drives, and hard drives to:

Chris Clark

SLIFF Print Traffic

Cinema St. Louis

3547 Olive St., Suite 260

St. Louis, MO 63103-1000


Acceptable Formats:

1. (Preferred) Pro Res 422 .mov file or H.264 .mov or .mp4 file. 1920x1080

2. Codecs: Pro Res 422, H.264, or DNxHD

3. Wrappers: .mov or .mp4

4. Resolution: max: 1920x1080, min: 720x480

5. Use a stereo mix.

6. Be sure to name your file like the following: “FILM” (Example “Trip to the” or “Sherlock.mp4”)

7. Use your native frame rate (24, 29.97, 25)

8. Do not submit 2k or 4k resolution

9. Do not submit Pro Res 4444

10. Ideally there should be 2 seconds of black prior to the start of your film. Please do not include bars and tone or a countdown prior to the start of your film.

11. Ideally there should be a maximum of 2 seconds of black at the end of your film.

Contact Chris Clark ( for additional questions about how/where to deliver your film.


If you are planning on attending SLIFF, please contact Chris Clark: 314-289-4152,

Click here for official SLIFF HOTELS info page