St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Friday, July 12, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019

2019 Showcase

An annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, the 2019 Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that are written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films and filmmakers with strong local ties. The 2019 event will place over two consecutive weekends in mid July (12-14 and 19-21) at Brown Hall on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The many film programs that will screen there serve as the Showcase’s centerpiece. 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. A venue map to Brown Hall is below. Please note that the large construction site will most likely be a functioning parking garage by then. Our lively annual closing-night awards party will, as always, be held in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. 

Submissions are now open for the 19th Annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase via FilmFreeway. Click HERE to go to our entry sign-up page.  






Narrative Films

Best Costumes - Shutter, Nancy Eppert & Maude Vintage

Best Makeup/Hairstyling - East Plains Get Out, Jessica Dana

Best Use of Music - The Wedding Song, Ben Stanton, Thia Schuessler, & Will Dickerson

Best Sound - Strings, Ross Mercer, Ryan Kneezle, & Theo Lodato

Best Production Design/Art Direction - Parallel Chords, Gypsi Pate

Best Special/Visual Effects - Dawn of Man, Vlad Sarkisov

Best Editing - MLM, Benjamin Dewhurst

Best Cinematography - Parallel Chords, Kyle Krupinksi

Best Screenplay - Foxes, Tristan Taylor & Garrick Bernard

Best Actor - Ayinde Howell, Foxes

Best Actress - Jackie Kelly, Mother of Calamity

Best Direction - Richard Louis Ulrich, Steve

Best Animated Film - Tiffanys, Caitlin Chiusano, Sean Esser, & Zhara Honore

Best Comedy - Cabin Killer, Michael Rich

Best Drama - Saint Sinner, Brian Cooksey

Best Narrative Short - Foxes, Tristan Taylor

Best Narrative Feature - Parallel Chords, Catherine Dudley-Rose

Experimental Films

Best Experimental Film - Passages in Revisiting: I Hear Someone Playing Urheen, Xinyue Deng 

Documentary Films

Best Use of Music - Busking on the Wagon, Randy Shinn & Drew Gowran

Best Sound - Such and Such, Cory Byers

Best Editing - Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher & Patrick Lawrence

Best Cinematography - Lingua Francas, David Christopher Pitt

Best Local Subject - The Man Behind the Merferds, Phil Berwick

Best Direction - Lisa Boyd, An American Tragedy

Best Documentary Short - For a Better Life, Yasmin Mistry

Best Documentary Feature - Gateway Sound, Justin Fisher


2018 Showcase Films invited to the 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival


An American Tragedy - Lisa Boyd

The Best of Us: 100 Years of Muny Magic - Kathy Bratkowski

Dirty Laundry - Conor Lewis

Gateway Sound - Justin Fisher

Parallel Chords - Catherine Dudley-Rose


#thesocialmovement - St. Louis Artworks Digital Squad

The 610 Project - Jessica Ambuehl & Alvaro Aro

The Buck: Midwest Gully - Jun Bae

Crowning Change: The Erin O’Flaherty Story - Alexis Kadey (Cinema for Students)

Flags of Valor - Lou Cariffe

For a Better Life - Yasmin Mistry

The Joy of Doing - Ryan Fitzgerald & Jack Mulopulos

The Kinloch Doc - Alana Marie

Lingua Francas - Bret Hoy

The Man Behind the Merferds - Josh Herum

The Mountains That Made Me - Sharee Silerio

Movement Women: The Making of a Crew - Aziza Binti

Such and Such - Cory Byers & Ashley Seering

The Wave - Christopher Hill & Sean Loftin


2.0 - Shane Dioneda

Ashlock - Elliott Geolat

Birth Cycle: A Flip Book - Zak Zych

Blair Trump Project - Paul Hibbard

Cabin Killer - Michael Rich

Foxes - Tristan Hill

Fugue - Gabe Sheets

Geek Lounge: Going Solo - Larry Ziegelman

Love In a Vacuum - Jenna Anderson, Kyla Anderson, Paige Lockwood, Brent Uramoto & Lincoln Ward

Saint Sinner - Brian Cooksey

Steve - Richard Louis Ulrich

Story 2: Scenes 1-9 - Zlatko Cosic

The Stroke - Jessica Pierce

Tapeta Lucida - Zlatko Cosic

Tiffanys - Caitlin Chiusano, Sean Esser & Zhara Honore

The Wedding Song - Rex New & Thia Schuessler

Z-Grid - Van McElwee