St. Louis International Film Festival

St. Louis International Film Festival
Centene Center for Arts and Education
3547 Olive Street
St. Louis, United States

Tel: 314.289.4150
Fax: 314.289.4159

Thu 3rd Nov to Sun 13th Nov
Submission deadline: Sun 31st Jul 16


Animation Art-house Asian Black Children Comedy Documentary Drama Experimental Gay and Lesbian Historical Horror Independent Jewish National Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Student Thriller Women

Festival Overview

The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is one of the largest and highest-profile international film festivals in the Midwest. 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. Now in its 17th year, SLIFF is presented by the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis. SLIFF spotlights the finest filmmakers in the world, whether fresh talent, emerging artists largely unknown outside their native countries, or directors of long-established reputation. SLIFF prides itself on identifying up-and-coming filmmakers, but the fest also offers high-profile films that garner Oscar nominations. Programming is organized into thematic sidebars. Cinema St. Louis is a not-for-profit organization that emphasizes film as an art form. 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 filmgoers the opportunity to see works that would otherwise never screen in St. Louis.


Audience Choice Awards for Best Feature, Best International Feature, and Best Documentary; A.M.P.A.S. sanctioned awards (6 total) for Short Subjects (winners of top 3 awards are eligible to submit for Oscar consideration); Gateway Film Critics Award for Best Feature' Interfaith Award for Best Feature and Best Documentary; LGBTQ award for best Gay Feature; and the New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director's Award for narrative first features.


Open to the public

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; and 5) not be widely commercially available on video/DVD in the U.S. before the festival dates. Please contact Cinema St. Louis for questions and clarifications.

For preview purposes, films must be submitted on DVD (regions 1, 0 or PAL) or Blu-ray. Submit entry fee and a completed, legible entry form with the preview tape. 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 photocopy of this completed application for your own reference. Payments may be made by check, money order, or credit card. If your film is selected, publicity photographs, posters, and a press kit must be sent immediately. Photos, slides, and 300 dpi or higher electronic images are acceptable. Please read and understand the agreement at the end of form before signing and submitting. All entrants will be notified of the status of their submission by e-mail no later than Sept. 15, 2008. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

Entry Fees - All entry fees are in US dollars. Withoutabox members must submit directly through WAB website to receive the discount on the entry fee. Deadline dates below are dates by which the submission package must be postmarked. SLIFF does not offer fee waivers or reduced entry fees. No exceptions.

Earlybird - March 1st – April 30th: Shorts (45 min. or shorter) $30 * Features (45 min. or longer) $55
Withoutabox members – Shorts - $25 * Features - $50

Regular deadline - May 1st – June 30th: Shorts $35 * Features $60
Withoutabox members – Shorts - $30 * Features - $55

Late deadline - July 1st – July 15th: Shorts - $60 * Features - $110
Withoutabox members – Shorts - $55 * Features - $100

Recent Festival News News
4th May 2015 24th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival, 5-15 November, 2015  
Known festival contacts Contacts
Chris Clark
Artistic Director
Film Festival
Primary contact