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. 

See “Shorts Programs” section.

An anthology of shorts exploring the biggest issues in the United States today.
An examination of the life and conservation of animals across the globe.
A program that captures the wisdom, the humor, and the pain that comes with age.
Glimpses of labor in its many forms and the sense of catharsis it can bring.
Harrowing stories of coming and going — by choice, by force, or by necessity.
Shorts that examine the impact of the most significant current events facing our modern world.
An exploration of the challenges and experiences of real people living with a disability.
A sampler of films from students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri…
True stories of the inequities that permeate throughout the justice system at large.
A collection of fascinating exposés that unearth surprising stories about some of the most recognizable…
Children are the future, and their present experiences captured in these shorts demonstrate what that future…
These animated stories offer insight into rural life, religion, war, and mortality.
This animated sampler has an international focus.
A third helping of animated shorts.
A selection of many of the absolute best of this year's shorts submissions, ranging from an experimental…
A hilarious collection whose subjects range from pregnancy to virtual learning, restaurant etiquette to taboo…
Demented clowns, matchmaking kids, and a poker night highlight our second comedy program.
A slate of films that explore the art of dance, the passion of music, and the power of poetry.
A sampler of films with diverse subjects, including the pandemic, divorce, and puppetry, but similar themes.
Stories from around the globe, including the Netherlands, Romania, and China, both demonstrate our common…
SLIFF's third dramatic program grapples with topics such as prison, capitalism, and the patriarchy.
Explorations of both body and mind that are only possible through experimental film.
A collection of shorts designed to frighten and disturb.
Science-fiction shorts that explore the timely and the timeless.
Stories of kindness and bravery highlight this collection aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds.
Perfect for 9- to 12-year-olds, this collection features both discoveries from the past and explorations of…
A selection of standout documentaries, some experimental in form, from the 2021 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
A sampling of the best narrative and experimental shorts from the 2021 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.