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 exploration of the many varieties of art, from tattooing to quilting to cartooning to beading to painting.

A program that explores the black experience from a multiplicity of perspectives.

An eclectic selection of films — from the comedic to the deadly serious — that explore religion in its many manifestations.

A collection of real-life stories told through a variety of animated techniques.

A sampler of films from students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, which applies…

A nonfiction "The Handmaid's Tale," this program relates stories of sexual abuse and violence against women around the globe.

A wide-ranging program of films that explore science, technology, and cyberspace.

Nonfiction standouts from the 2019 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Stories in which women excel in diverse athletic endeavors, from running and boxing to automobile racing and samurai sword-handling.

SLIFF presents a program surveying new and recent work by Van McElwee, including the world premieres of "The Map Is the Territory" and "Unnatural…

This impressively diverse program of animation features drugs, dogs, motorcycles, and much, much more.

These hilarious shorts will leave your sides aching.

Small, delicate stories that are perfect for the big screen.

Performers you recognize, and performances you won't forget.

A selection of tales from different countries that speak to our universal connections.

Vibrant imaginations and fascinating colors combine in this program of animation from around the world.

This collection proves that laughter truly is a universal language.

Worldly stories that test your mettle and tug at your heart.

As a bookend to our opening-night film, SLIFF offers a closing-night collection of shorts that explore the good and the bad of married life.

A potpourri of brain-warping comedies, animated films, and experimental shorts.

An evening of shorts with a musical theme is capped by a performance by the Opera Bell Band, creators of the film "Green Lemon Buggy."

A selection of some of the best narrative shorts from the 2019 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

Timeless fables and otherworldly adventures highlight this compilation for children ages 4 to 8.

Embracing your differences and following your dreams are just two of the messages in this program for children ages 8 to 13.

Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan's much-lauded short documentary (U.S., 2019, 28 min.) — which debuted at Tribeca and is one of the first films from…