the Sedona Film Festival

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The 19th Annual Sedona International Film Festival

February 23 – March 3, 2013

The GREATEST celebration of the BEST in independent film from around the world: February 23 – March 3, 2013. From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a cinephile’s dream … NINE DAYS and more than 145 films!

Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2013 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films.

Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet!

Call for Submissions for the 2013
Sedona International Film Festival

2013 SIFF Film Submission Deadlines:

Earlybird Deadline: August 5, 2012
Regular Deadline: September 10, 2012
Late Deadline: October 20, 2012


Film Festival Office
and Mary D. Fisher Theatre
2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A-3
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-1177


Duncan, Oklahoma – USA
January 25 to 26, 2013

The 7th Annual TRAIL DANCE FILM FESTIVAL (TDFF). is held annually in Duncan, Oklahoma – the birthplace of legendary filmmaker Ron Howard – the festival introduces up-and-coming filmmakers from around the globe to Oklahoma’s emergent film industry, and provides a welcoming forum and film showcase amidst a beautiful Western landscape.

The festival has garnered respect on the circuit and earned accolades. TDFF was honored with the “Outstanding New Event” RedBud Award at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and MovieMaker Magazine has named Trail Dance in their “Top 25” lists three times – once as “Worth the Entry Fee,” and twice as one of the “Coolest” film festivals.

TDFF offers visiting filmmakers lodging discounts and local transportation from the airport, hotel, and area businesses to the event venue. The festival partners with the Oklahoma Film and Music Commission to provide visiting filmmakers with information on locations, crew members, actors, and financial incentives in Oklahoma. All TDFF festivities are open to the public and include live entertainment, professional seminars, networking opportunities, Wild West gunfights, music, and much more. The Festival concludes with a grand awards gala where the Golden Drover Awards are presented to worthy filmmakers, and where one lucky student is awarded a scholarship to pursue a career in filmmaking.

August 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

It is the goal and mission of the Trail Dance Film Festival to encourage originality and creativity, as well as to promote the growing film industry of Oklahoma.

TDFF has quickly emerged as a premier film event in the Southwestern United States. The festival is the flagship event of the Trail Dance Film Festival Association, a non-profit organization that creates scholarship funds for students studying film and media arts in addition to promoting cinema appreciation in Oklahoma. Trail Dance boasts three state-of-the-art venues and a 750-seat auditorium with top-notch sound and projection systems – all within short walking distance of TDFF headquarters.

The Trail Dance Film Festival annually delivers a one-of-a-kind program and great festival experience for filmmakers and fans alike. Submit today!


Mobile, Alabama – USA
November 2 to 4, 2012
Upcoming Deadline: August 15, 2012

The 4th Annual SOUTH ALABAMA FILM FESTIVAL (SoAL) showcases the best films that are by, for, or about the American South and its people. With this regional focus in mind, SoAL champions southern filmmakers and the reality that the southern United States is fertile ground for fantastic art and artists. Dedicated to creating a cinematic experience that cannot be duplicated in any living room, SoAL blends thought-provoking Q&A sessions with live music performances and networking events among the beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, and stunning historic homes that pepper Mobile, Alabama.

In addition to awarding prizes to some of the best creative works of the South, SoAL offers an array of seminars and workshops designed to educate both adults and children in filmmaking practices. SoAL seeks not only to recognize the talent of today, but to help shape the talents of tomorrow and ensure that the South remains a robust region for film production. Add your voice to the growing chorus of artists who are proud to tell the unforgettable stories of the South by submitting to the South Alabama Film Festival today!


Hollywood, California – USA
December 5 to 19, 2012
Upcoming Deadline: August 19, 2012  

The 8th Annual HOLLYWOOD REEL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (HRIFF) celebrates independent cinema in the heart of the American film industry. Offering competitive categories for features, shorts and screenplays, HRIFF offers something for everyone with a story to tell. There’s no better place to be discovered than Hollywood, California.

HRIFF comes alive with film screenings, panels, mixers, and red carpet events that take full advantage of the festival’s Tinseltown location. The festival offers a diverse program, with this year’s slate already set to include such films as DROPOUT, featuring Vanessa Redgrave; the North American premiere of Uwe Boll’s BAILOUT; Bryce Dallas Howard’s latest directorial effort, WHEN YOU FIND ME; the world premiere of MANOS: HANDS OF FATE HD; and much more. HRIFF brings challenging, heart-felt, modestly budgeted films and their creators into direct contact with an industry environment that can launch careers. See what the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival can do for you…submit today!


November 14 to 17, 2012
Upcoming Deadline: August 13, 2012


The BAJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) invites filmmakers from across the globe to the beautiful Pacific resort of Cabo for a four-day celebration of community, cinema, and international flavors. BIFF showcases a diverse and tightly curated film program including U.S., Mexican, and international cinema, and underscores the ability of art to transcend geography, cultures, and languages. Academy-Award nominated actor Edward Norton will serve as Official Festival Advisor in the inaugural season.

As host of the 2012 G20 summit, and as a popular vacation destination for stars including George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Aniston, Cabo is poised to welcome its festival guests with luxury and unsurpassed hospitality. The festival provides complimentary round-trip flights from L.A. to Cabo, or from Mexico City to Cabo, for all accepted filmmakers. BIFF encourages public participation through community events and educational filmmaking programs; leading filmmakers from the United States and Mexico will be on-hand to provide mentorship to film producers, directors, screenwriters, and actors of all backgrounds. Submit to the Baja International Film Festival today and celebrate cinema in the lap of luxury!


Toronto, Ontario – CANADA
November 2 to 4, 2012

Upcoming Deadline: August 10, 2012

Taking place in vibrant Toronto, Canada, the 5th Annual MOVING IMAGE FILM FESTIVAL (MIFFest) is a quickly-growing event that showcases mainstream and art house cinema on an equal platform, uniting diverse audiences while providing maximum exposure for each selected film.

Offering filmmakers exposure to the Canadian film and television industry and a variety of distribution opportunities, MIFFEST sports a guest list of industry partners including Raindance Canada, Channel Zero, Movieola Short Film Channel, and Silver Screen Classics. In addition to enjoying great networking opportunities, participants receive passes to all gala events and screenings. The winner of the Best Feature Film Award can choose between a RED CAM production prize pack or a fully-paid trip to the American Film Market valued at $5,000 CAD. The Best Short Film Award-winner receives a $1,500 voucher toward post-production services at SPOTZ. Submit your work to the Moving Image Film Festival today for the chance to nab a great prize package and some career-launching industry exposure!


Chicago, Illinois – USA
September 20 to 23, 2012


The 9th Annual CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL REEL SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (CIRSFF), is a celebration of short-form filmmaking that tailors its program to the filmmakers and audiences it serves. CIRSFF ensures that each film is part of a curated showcase that complements and accentuates each film’s themes, resulting in a highly personalized and always-captivating festival that truly respects and celebrates the uniqueness of each filmmaker.

Each competitive category at CIRSFF – including Short Film Narrative, Short Film Documentary, Short Film Youth, and Music Video – will present both an Audience Award and a Panel Award to filmmakers who make a strong and memorable impact. A Best of Fest Award will also be bestowed on the project that best exemplifies the power of the independent spirit. Rather than emphasize competition, however, CIRSFF seeks to create relationships and networks that will extend far beyond the festival itself and will help spark fantastic careers that go on to inspire others.

Last year’s CIRSFF hosted an exclusive selection of short films featuring Chicago’s own Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), including his directorial debut. The success of this event has prompted CIRSFF to develop an annual program featuring other Chicago-native celebrities and their creative works.

August 12, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival seeks to provide opportunities for filmmakers around the world by showcasing their work to “reel” people in and around Chicago. The festival seeks to provide a supportive atmosphere with low entry fees, low ticket prices, and high reward.

Offering participating filmmakers a pre-festival screening event and a networking gala at a beloved Chicago hotspot, CIRSFF takes full advantage of the sights, sounds, and flavors of one of America’s most exciting cities. Home to renowned musicians, diverse and memorable storytellers, and premier culinary artists, Chicago offers something for everyone.

CIRSFF guests will enjoy fantastic films at Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema, a venue featuring one of the best digital projection theaters in the Midwest. The festival also includes a lecture series that explores the experiences and insights of well-established independent filmmakers from Chicago and abroad; award-winning producer and director Julian Grant will be this year’s special guest presenter.

For the chance to explore the great city of Chicago and discover this top-notch event for yourself, submit to the Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival today!


Santa Barbara International Film Festival

28 Annual January 24, 2013 to February 03, 2013



Now in its 28th year, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. It presents quality American Independent, Spanish and Latin American, European, World and Documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a perfect backdrop and premier tourist destination in its own right. SBIFF will continue to build its acquisitions program with Traction Media, which highlights films for some of the world’s most viable distribution companies. SBIFF is also committed to educating our youth through the “10-10-10” youth filmmakers project and the unique “Field Trip to the Movies” program. With a projected audience of over 70,000, The Festival will screen more than 200 films over an eleven day period. SBIFF attracts an affluent, local, national and international consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an eleven day event held in the seaside resort city of Santa Barbara, California (90 minutes north of Los Angeles). SBIFF is proud to present a diverse slate of more than 200 films to over 70,000 film enthusiasts. Our audience is a unique combination of film industry professionals, local, regional and International attendees, and a large student population.

In addition to showcasing a diverse spectrum of films, tributes and galas. SBIFF also offers seminars with industry professionals including Directors, Screenwriters, Producers and Women’s Panels, as well as provocative Q&A sessions with a diverse selection of filmmakers.

SBIFF has established itself as one of the premier international film festivals and we look forward to building on that success in 2013 and creating opportunities for participants to network with some of the world’s leading independent distributors and filmmakers. In addition to expanding our slate each year to highlight emerging genres, styles and regions, SBIFF is growing our free educational and community outreach programs with the “10-10-10” youth filmmakers project, “Field Trip to the Movies” and “Applebox” which cumulatively served over 12,000 students and families during our last festival. Please visit our Website for more information on these and other SBIFF programs.

Michael Albright (Programming Manager) ; Michal Wiesbrock (Director of Development) ; Mickey Dudevich (Programming Coordinator) ; Rodney Gould (Director of Operations) ; Rodney Gould (Director of Operations) ; Roger Durling (Executive Director) ; Sean Pratt (Operations Manager) ; Steve Blain (Managing Director)

Each tape for projection must be labeled with name, filmmaker, Contact info, Running time and aspect ratio (4*3 or 16*9)


The accepted exhibition formats for our festival are :
35 mm – Optical, Dolby A, Dolby Digital only
Digibeta – 29.97 fps, Stereo
Sony HDCam – Sony HD cam only 23.98 fps and 59.94 fps, Audio is STEREO only

NOTE: These formats may vary depending on the category. Please check the submissions guidelines or contact

All films must be in NTSC format. PAL is not accepted. It is the filmmakers responsibility to convert PAL to NTSC.


-Entry fee is non-refundable.

-For preview purposes, DVD (NTSC only) is preferred.
-DVDs MUST BE CLEARLY labeled on the spine with film title.

-Please do not send press kits with your screener unless requested.
-DVDs will not be returned.

-Films/videos that have received national U.S. network television (including cable) or theatrical release prior to Festival are not eligible.

-No music videos or commercials.

-More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by its own online entry and entry fee.

-If your film is selected, original format prints will be due at the Festival offices no later than January 13th, 2012.

-The filmmaker will assume shipping costs of materials and print to SBIFF.

-Please DO NOT send in a press kit until AFTER you have received notification from SBFF.

-Upon acceptance, Filmmakers must agree to send no less than two high resolution digital screen shots to be used at the SBIFF’s discretion. Film posters will not be accepted.

-If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide: digital stills from the film; press materials; video trailer and digitized trailer for website (if available); posters and flyers.

-Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

-Not all invited films officially selected will be eligible for competition.

-The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

-If selected, filmmaker gives SBIFF permission to audio-describe film for the sight-impaired.

-Title of work, WAB ID #, and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers and mailing labels, video boxes, photographs, videocassettes, film containers, cans, reels, and film leaders. Video boxes, film reels and cans must be numbered (1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.).

-If paying by check, the check MUST include the film title and WAB ID #

-Import declaration statements: all non-U.S. entries must be sent via air mail registered with the declaration:

A) for 35mm films: “Free entry claimed under #724.10 (960.55) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival.”

B) for videotapes: “Free entry claimed under #724.12 (960.60) U.S. Tariff Act. To be returned following the Festival.” Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing films and videotapes through U.S. and/or foreign customs officials.

-SBIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or Festival scheduling.

Warsaw Film Festival

28 Annual October 12, 2012 to October 21, 2012

The Warsaw Film Festival


The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) is organized by the Warsaw Film Foundation in Warsaw, Poland. Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and international audience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds. WFF is accredited by FIAPF ( as a competitive non-specialized film festival. At WFF we present films made to be screened at cinemas.

The Warsaw Film Festival has a history going back twenty-five years. We have travelled a long way – from a modest though ambitious student event to a genuine film festival that can rival even the best competitions.

The WFF differs from other festivals in its programme, just as Warsaw differs from other cities. Selecting the films, we always remember about our audience, the Varsovians – the city’s native residents, those working or studying in Warsaw, and those in town for a short while, for instance only for the Festival.

The cultural backwardness inherited from the previous system, a system that cut us off from our original civilization for half a century, is not getting smaller. The world is rushing forward faster and faster. That makes us try even harder to make sure that our audiences get to know the latest and most interesting trends in world cinema as soon as possible, often in the form of national and regional presentations. In this way, WFF audiences – usually as the first people in Poland – could discover American independent cinema as well as Asian, Latin American, Iranian, Russian, and Romanian cinema. Time has always been a major consideration: capturing the moment of the greatest success, the peak. Our aim is to show a film before it wins an Oscar, to introduce a director to Warsaw audiences before he or she wins an award at the Cannes festival.

We have been expanding the professional part of the WFF for the past ten years. We realize that film festivals are part of a giant mechanism that is the global film industry. We do our best to make sure that the world takes note of Polish films, that they get screened at leading festivals, that they find their way into international distribution.

We started off modestly – with screenings of new Polish projects for barely a dozen foreign guests. Five years later, we held the CentEast Market for the first time: a meeting place for professionals interested in films from Eastern Europe. Last year, The Hollywood Reporter had this brief remark to offer about the CentEast Market: “[it] is the go-to event”.

I am confident there is a bright future before the Warsaw Film Festival.

Stefan Laudyn
Director of the Warsaw Film Festival
Bartek Pulcyn (Head of Short Films Competition) ; Stefan Laudyn (Director)

The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) is organised by the Warsaw Film Foundation in Warsaw, Poland. Its aim is to present the best films from all over the world to Polish and international audience, and to encourage better communication and understanding between people living in different countries and of different cultural backgrounds. WFF is accredited by FIAPF ( as a competitive non-specialised film festival. At WFF we present films made to be screened at cinemas.
The 28th Warsaw Film Festival will take place October 12-21, 2012.

The Festival programme is divided into the following sections:
2.1. International Competition – for feature films from all over the world.
2.2. Competition 1-2 – for first and second feature films by the directors from all over the world.
2.3. Free Spirit Competition – for independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world.
2.4. Documentary Competition – for feature length (over 60 mins.) documentaries from all over the world.
2.5. Short Films Competition – for short films from all over the world (30 mins. or less).
2.6. Special Screenings (non-competitive section).
2.7. Discoveries – visions of contemporary world (non-competitive section).
2.8. The World Today (non-competitive section).
2.9. Critics Selection (non-competitive section).
2.10. Family Cinema Weekend – films for children and their parents (non-competitive section).
2.11. Polish Short Films Panorama (non-competitive section).

Except in special circumstances, accepted by the festival director, only films meeting the following criteria can be presented at the Warsaw Film Festival:
a/ films which had their first public screening no more than twelve months before the Festival;
b/ films that have not been presented during any motion picture event in Poland; the only acceptable exception are Polish feature films, which can be presented at the Polish Feature Films Festival in Gdynia and at the Festival of Film Debuts in Koszalin;
c/ films that have not been distributed, exhibited or broadcast in Poland;
d/ films screening from the following formats: 35 mm, DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta, Betacam SP.
World, international, and European premieres have priority in competitive sections.

4.1. The Director of the Festival selects and invites the films participating in the Festival.
4.2. Films sent on time on DVD with English subtitles (if the language of dialogues is not English or Polish), accompanied by duly filled entry forms and documentation are accepted for selection.
4.3. DVDs remaining in Poland will be destroyed six months after the end of the festival.

March 15 – selection process commences
June 15 – deadline for submissions of feature length films
July 31 – deadline for submissions of short films
August 15 – selection results announced to the entrants; sorry, but due to an enormous number of entries we will only inform the entrants whose films were selected; if you do not receive from us an invitation by August 15, it means that your film has not been selected for the WFF programme;
September 26 (Wednesday) – official press conference of WFF
October 5 – deadline for delivery of screening materials to the Festival Office
October 12-21 – dates of the Festival
October 19-21 – dates of CentEast Market Warsaw, which accompanies the WFF
Saturday, October 20 – Awards Ceremony
October 31 – film prints returned (at the latest).

6.1. All films will be screened in their original languages with English subtitles, except for films with dialogues in English. The English subtitles are obligatory for Polish films.
6.2. Polish Distributors must provide the prints of foreign films with Polish subtitles at their own expense.
6.3. If the film does not have a Polish Distributor, the Festival Organisers will provide electronic subtitles (under the screen) in the Polish language at their own expense.
6.4. Polish films presented at the WIFF must be subtitled in English at the expense of the Producer.

7.1. Each film will be presented no more than four times, including press & industry screenings.
7.2. The Festival Director makes the screenings schedule.
7.3. During the Festival no public screening of any of the films participating is permitted before the official screening organised by the Festival.

The Juries and their Presidents are appointed by the Festival Director, who has the right to attend the jury proceedings, but does not take part in the voting. The decisions of the Juries are taken by open ballot, with simple majority. Persons who have any connection with films presented in the competition cannot be on the Jury.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION regarding cash awards:
a/ payments will be made by bank transfer only; the winners are requested to provide us with their banking details;
b/ the entire sum of prize money will be transferred to one account of the winner;
8.1. International Competition awards:
a/ the main award – Warsaw Grand Prix
The financial part of the award: 100,000 zlotys *). 50% of the prize money goes to the Director (or Directors) and 50% to the Producer (Producers).
b/ Best Director
The financial part of the award: 20.000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director (Directors).
c/ Special Jury Award
The financial part of the award: 8.000 zlotys *). The award can be given to an actor, composer, editor, director of photography, producer, scriptwriter or set designer.
There can be only one winner of each of the awards in the International Competition (no ex-aequo).
8.2. Awards in Competition 1-2
Winner of Competition 1-2
The Jury can give one or two equally important awards. The financial part of each award: 20.000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director (Directors).
8.3. Free Spirit Competition award:
Free Spirit Award
The financial part of the award: 12.000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director (Directors). There can be only one winner of the Free Spirit Competition (no ex-aequo).
8.4. Documentary Competition award
Best Documentary Award
The financial part of the award: 12,000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director(s). There can be only one winner of the Documentary Competition (no ex-aequo).
8.5. Short Films Competition
a/ Grand Prix
The financial part of the award: 4,000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director(s) of the winning film. There can be only one winner of the Grand Prix (no ex-aequo).
b/ Best Animated Short Film Award
The financial part of the award: 2,000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director(s) of the winning film.
c/ Best Live Action Short Film Award
The financial part of the award: 2,000 zlotys *). The award goes to the Director(s) of the winning film.
8.6. The Audience Award: The audience votes for the best film from any section of the Festival. The winner gets the Audience Award. No financial part of this award.
*) all financial awards are subject to tax, to be paid in Poland, according to the Polish Law; for current exchange rates please consult;

9.1. The prints should reach the Festival Office in Warsaw (in accordance with Shipping Instructions) by October 5, at the latest.
9.2. Polish Producers and Distributors deliver the prints to the Festival Office at their own expense.
9.3. For films without Polish Distributor, the cost of prints’ transportation, if not agreed otherwise, is covered by WIFF:
a/ to and from Poland, if the print is transported from and to the lending company (Producer/Sales Agent);
b/ one way (to Poland only), if the print is transported along a chain of festivals.
9.4. The Festival is responsible for the prints from the moment of pick-up from the shipper (when importing) to the moment of giving them to the shipper (when re-exporting). The Festival’s responsibility for damage or loss of the print is limited to the cost of making a new print according to the present laboratory rate for making a standard print. The festival’s liability in case of whole or partial destruction of a print during the festival cannot exceed the value of 3.500 Euro.
9.5. Damage to the film print must be reported to the Festival Office in writing within one month of its return and before the following screening. All claims will be judged by the reported state of the print.

10.1. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of the Festival regulations.
10.2. Once the invitation has been accepted, the invited film cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme.
10.3. Cases not covered by these Regulations will be considered in compliance with the International Regulations. In case of dispute, only the Polish language version of the Festival Regulations is considered legally binding.
Mailing address: Warsaw Film Festival, P.O. Box 816, PL-00-950 Warszawa 1, Poland
Office (couriers’) address: Warsaw Film Festival, ul. Lwowska 11/11, 00-660 Warszawa, Poland
Other co-ordinates: tel: (48-22) 621 4647, fax: (48-22) 621 6268, e-mail:,

IMPOTRTANT! When sending a DVD screener, please write on the package: “For cultural purposes only, no commercial value,” and declare customs value of no more than 20 euro, or the equivalent, to avoid customs fees. Please note the WFF will not pay customs fees for DVD screeners of the submitted films.

St. Louis International Film Festival

21 Annual November 08, 2012 to November 18, 2012

Cinema St. Louis

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.

The St. Louis International Film Festival Inc. was established in 1992 for the purpose of producing, promoting, and presenting annual film events to advance film as an art form in St. Louis. In the first year of the Festival, 25 films were shown during the last week of April. Under the direction of Festival co-founder Barbara S. Jones, the tradition of a daring and eclectic array of American and foreign films began. First-year attendance was estimated at 4,500, and critics were surprised and impressed at the level of sophistication achieved during the first year of the event.

The second year, the Festival incorporated as a Missouri not-for-profit organization. The number of films grew to 33, and attendance grew by 20 percent. By the third year, the Festival had expanded into a 10-day event at three theaters, and 11 film directors attended their St. Louis premieres, greeting festival-goers and fielding questions from the audience about their art. Filmmaker attendance has been an important aspect of the St. Louis International Film Festival since its inception, furthering part of the Festival’s mission as a forum for young filmmakers to show and discuss their films. The third year also saw the founding of Cinema/St. Louis, now known as Friends of the St. Louis International Film Festival, the membership society of the Festival, which contributes financially and provides critical volunteer support.

By its fourth year, the Festival had become a St. Louis tradition eagerly anticipated by film audiences. The Festival moved from April to November and grew to include the St. Louis premieres of more than 50 films. Two annual awards were initiated: the juried Fox Theatre First Feature Award and the Audience Choice Award. The fourth year also saw the debut of the Spring Sampler, an April event that included 10 screenings and several visiting filmmakers.

Growth of the Festival has continued to be tremendous in recent years. The St. Louis International Film Festival has ambitiously challenged itself to grow with special-interest sidebars, including the popular New Filmmakers Forum, introduced in 1996. By 1997, attendance at the Festival had topped more than 10,000. Twenty-eight guest filmmakers attended, and a special feature included an opening weekend Star Tribute to screen legend Tony Curtis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, where the Distinguished Hollywood Film Artist Award was presented.

In 1998, Delcia Corlew was named the Festival’s managing director, and the offices moved to its current headquarters in St. Louis’ Central West End. The Seventh Annual Festival in 1998 included a very special sidebar titled “A Separate Cinema,” which featured films dating from 1915-1965 featuring all-black casts for African-American audiences. A poster exhibition and seminars accompanied the sidebar screenings. Films by and about African-Americans remain an important component of the Festival, which strives for inclusiveness by featuring films that address issues of race, age, ethnicity and sexual identity.

In 1999 and 2000, the Festival continued to expand the range of its offerings, especially in the areas of documentary and short films. The number of awards the Festival presents has also grown; in 2003, they included the Charter Communications and Starz Encore Group Audience Choice Awards, the Leon Award for Best Documentary, the Interfaith Award for Best Feature and Best Documentary, the Sundance Channel Emerging Filmmaker Award, the Best of Fest Short Film Award, and the Emerging Actor Award.

The 2003 12th Annual edition of the Festival marked the fourht consecutive year for double-digit attendance growth for an all-time high of 18,500. A record number of submissions was also recorded for that year. The Festival has been recognized as one of the Top Ten International Film Festivals and Short Subject Film Festivals in the United States by Chris Gore in his 2004 3rd edition of the “Film Festival Survival Guide.” Festival Director Chris Clark recently was honored as one of the “Festival Directors/Programmers to Know” in the Winter 2004 edition of Film Festival Today magazine.

The 2009 edition featured visits from director Jason Reitman, director Dan Ireland, actress and first-time director Connie Stevens, and director Joe Berlinger. The festival kicked off with a sold out screening of the opening night film An Education, and with dueling closing night features Me and Orson Welles and Young Victoria. 265 films competed for awards in 15 categories with guests from all across the United States, plus over 150 visiting filmmakers.

The 20th Annual SLIFF took place in November, 2011 and featured more than 400 films from over 40 countries.

The Festival staff now consists of Executive Director Cliff Froehlich, Artistic Director Chris Clark, and Operations Supervisor Brian Spath. Under their leadership, the Festival is increasing its year-round presence with screenings, special events, and educational outreach.

The St. Louis International Film Festival 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.

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

Brian Spath (Operations Supervisor) ; Brian Spath (Operations Supervisor) ; Brian Spath (Operations Supervisor) ; Chris Clark (Artistic Director) ; Chris Clark (Artistic Director) ; Chris Clark (Artistic 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 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.

Entry Procedure:
For preview purposes, films must be submitted on DVD (regions 1 or 0, NTSC or PAL) or secure online screener . If you want your screener returned, you must include a self-addressed, stamped, padded envelope. Nothing will be returned otherwise. 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. 30, 2012. Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.