28th Annual

St. Louis International Film Festival

November 07, 2019 to November 17, 2019

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Cinema St. Louis
3547 Olive Street, Suite 260
St. Louis MO 63103-1014
Phone: 314-289-4150
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Documentary Feature
The sidebar features a selection of the best in contemporary global nonfiction filmmaking. We seek documentaries of all varieties, but we place a particular emphasis on issue-oriented films that address race, human rights, and the environment. This year the fest inaugurates the "Spotlight on Inspiration" Documentary Award, a juried competition that features a cash prize of $5,000; films eligible for consideration will focus on stories of hope. Audience voting determines the winner of the Leon Award for Best Documentary. There are two other juried competitions for doc features: the Interfaith Documentary Award (for films that speak to issues of faith, spirituality, and the human condition) and the St. Louis Film Critics' Joe Williams Award.
Narrative Feature
American indies, studio releases, international and foreign language films accepted. The St. Louis International Film Festival has a solid and growing national and international reputation for its programming, particularly for its foreign language films. The New Filmmakers Forum (NFF). is a juried competition for first-time filmmakers who we perceive to be the hot directors of tomorrow to watch today. First-time filmmakers with awards for their film are strongly encouraged to apply but the competition is open to all.
Narrative Short
SLIFF offers an official Academy-sanctioned short subject competition, which allows winners in all categories to be eligible for consideration for an Oscar nomination without doing a theatrical release. The 2007 Best Live Action Short Subject "West Bank Story" was eligible to submit for Oscar consideration because of its Best of Fest award in the 2005 festival.

There is also a short film competition with five award categories including the Best of Fest, Best International, Best Drama, Best Documentary and Best Animation awards. All shorts filmmaker finalists are encouraged to attend the festival.
Documentary Short
We seek non-fiction films of 40 min. or less that speak to human experience ranging from the most heart-felt of human rights concerns, to uplifting tales of courage, to that of unique tales of idiosyncratic singularity among us.

SLIFF is now an official Academy-sanctioned doc short subject competition, which allows the jury prize winner to be eligible for consideration for an Oscar nomination without doing a theatrical release.


The mission of Cinema St. Louis is to promote the art of cinema and to expand the variety and availability of cinema experiences by presenting the St. Louis International Film Festival, screenings, programs, and educational opportunities.


Cinema St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization that emphasizes film as an art form. It's flagship event is the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). SLIFF is a regional, internationally themed film event dedicated to exploring cross-cultural understanding through the art of the cinema. Its mission is to enhance cultural diversity by bringing American independent productions, horizon-expanding international films and high-quality studio films to audiences before their commercial release. The Festival is especially concerned with providing film-goers and cineastes the opportunity to see works that would otherwise never screen in St. Louis. USA Today named SLIFF one of the 2019 top "10 amazing film festivals worth traveling for."

For more information regarding the St. Louis International Film Festival, call 314-289-4150.


Bree Maniscalco (Development Director); Bree Maniscalco (Development Director); Bree Maniscalco (Development Director); Brian Spath (Operations Supervisor); Brian Spath (Operations Supervisor); Brian Spath (Operations Supervisor); Chris Clark (Artistic Director); Chris Clark (Artistic Director); Cliff Froehlich (Executive Director); Cliff Froehlich (Executive Director)


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 online entry form with a viewable preview copy link.

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.

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 must be immediately available for upload or delivery upon invitation.

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, 2019. 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 2019 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.