27th Annual

St. Louis International Film Festival

November 01, 2018 to November 11, 2018


Narrative Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
June 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
July 15, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 110.00 100.00
WAB Extended Deadline
July 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 110.00 100.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately September 30, 2018

Features: From 40 minutes to 180 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in St. Louis

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Posters
> Statement by the Director

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

St. Louis Film Critics' Joe Awards
In honor of their esteemed, late colleagues and film reviewers Joe Pollack and Joe Williams, the St. Louis Film Critics offer a special jury award for documentary and narrative feature films from a set of films curated by SLIFF programmers.
Sponsor:St. Louis Film Critics

Best Feature
The Audience Choice Award for Best Feature is given to the film that scores the highest on ballots given to each audience member prior to each screening.

Best Foreign Feature
The Audience Choice Award for Best Foreign Feature is given to the film that scores the highest on ballots given to each audience member prior to each screening.

New Filmmakers Forum (NFF) Emerging Filmmaker Award
5 first-time filmmakers compete with a jury of industry professionals. Includes invitation to attend fest and variety of industry-related seminars.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 500 U.S. Dollar

Interfaith Award
The juried competition spotlights 10 films (five fiction features and five documentaries distinguished by their artistic merit, contribution to the understanding of the human condition, and recognition of ethical, social, and spiritual values.

Category Rules

Conditions for Eligibility: ALL FILMS MUST:
1) be completed by entry deadline (NO works-in-progress)
2) be a St. Louis theatrical premiere
3) be submitted with English subtitles if in a language other than English
4) be submitted with a completed entry form and appropriate payment
5) not be widely commercially or publicly available on video/DVD, cable, YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, or On Demand in the St. Louis region prior to the festival dates.

Entry Procedure:
Please read and understand the agreement at the end of this form before signing and submitting. For preview purposes, films may be submitted on secure online screener with password or DVD. DO NOT submit a Blu-ray. Submit entry fee and a completed entry form (via mail or online) with a viewable preview copy (link or DVD).

Please print clearly and provide all information requested. If you want your screener returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped, padded envelope. Nothing will be returned otherwise. It is advised that you keep a copy of this completed application for your own reference. Entry fee payment must be made at time of submission by check, money order, credit card, or PayPal.

If your film is selected, publicity images must be sent immediately. 300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format. All invited short subjects should be submitted electronically or on a flash drive as an .mov file (Pro Res or H.264).

Please contact Cinema St. Louis for questions and clarifications. All entrants will be notified of the status of their submission by e-mail no later than September 30, 2018. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

I affirm that the information above and on the previous pages is correct, that I have read, understood, and do hereby agree to be bound by the festival regulations as described herein and that I have the legal right to represent and to submit this film to the St. Louis International Film Festival. Music rights and all copyright clearances are the sole responsibility of the filmmaker. Cinema St. Louis (CSL) will not be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of this film.

Submitting a film for consideration does not guarantee inclusion in the 2018 St. Louis International Film Festival line up. Noncompliance with form may affect, delay, and/or disqualify your entry. Submission DVDs or drives are returned only if the filmmaker has provided the festival with a prepaid self-addressed envelope. The submitter will be responsible for timely delivery of the projection master to the festival. St. Louis International Film Festival will return the print pre-paid to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier at the festival’s conclusion, or they may be picked up from the festival office.

The festival does not provide extra insurance for originals or masters. Permission for the festival to use excerpts of each submitted film, not to exceed 3 minutes, for promotional purposes is considered granted on submission, unless otherwise noted. The festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

Participation in St. Louis International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of above regulations and requirements of this application.