St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

July 17-21, 2016

The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis natives or films with strong local ties. The programs range from full-length fiction features and documentaries to multi-film compilations of fiction and documentary shorts. Many of the programs with feature-length films include post-screening Q&As with filmmakers. The next festival will take place July 17-21, 2016. Submissions are now open.

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Download a PDF of the 2015 program.


Narrative Films

Best Costumes - Scott Breihan, Sophie

Best Makeup/Hairstyling - Justice Kobusch, Sophie

Best Use of Music - Efi Da Silva, Four Way Stop

Best Sound - Michael Kadlubkiewicz, Parallel Chords

Best Production Design/Art Direction - Elizabeth Parker, Sophie

Best Special/Visual Effects - David Whatley, Incursion

Best Editing - Sean Mitchell, Witness 11

Best Cinematography - Hannah Radcliff, Four Way Stop

Best Screenplay - Jared & Kelly Gordon, Call to Darkness

Best Actor - Oleg Lipstin, Witness 11

Best Actress - Jenna McDonald, Conversations Over Dinner

Best Director - Sean Mitchell, Witness 11

Best Experimental Film - Van McElwee, Mexican Dream

Best Animated Film - Tim Craft, Nature Imagined

Best Comedy - Chris Ferguson, Call to Darkness

Best Drama - Michael Rich, El Tio

Best Narrative Under 20 Minutes - Michael Rich, El Tio

Best Narrative Over 20 Minutes - Efi Da Silva, Four Way Stop

Documentary Films

Best Use of Music - Patrick Branson (director), America's Blues

Best Sound - Ashley Seering & Cory Byers, The Heroin Project

Best Editing - Jim Dreyer, The Swallows' Tale: The Story of Ozark Airlines

Best Cinematography - Dan Wang & Rhett Dupont, Feeling Wanted

Best Director - Tony West, The Safe Side of the Fence

Best Documentary Under 30 Minutes - Jim Dreyer, The Swallows' Tale: The Story of Ozark Airlines

Best Documentary Over 30 Minutes - Tony West, The Safe Side of the Fence




Feeling Wanted directed by Yasmin Mistry

The Swallows' Tale: The Story of Ozark Airlines directed by Jim Dreyer



America's Blues directed by Patrick Branson

The Heroin Project directed by Ashley Seering and Corey Byers

The Safe Side of the Fence directed by Tony West


Abhita directed by Lacey Turner

About That... directed by Damien D. Smith

The Basement directed by Bart Elfrink

Blameless directed by Robert Herrera

Daddy I Cut My Hair directed by Matt Amato

El Tio directed by Michael Rich

Future Wars directed by Chris Grega

Grow directed by Matthew Bryan

Late War directed by Chris Grega

Nature Imagined directed by Tim Craft

Out of the Basement directed by Benjamin Dewhurst

Parallel Chords directed by Catherine Dudley-Rose

Party Animals directed by Will Morris

Sophie directed by Alvaro Aro

Splatter directed by Hieronymous Cole

Trinity directed by Wyatt Weed

Whisper directed by Alec Wild

Witness 11 directed by Sean Mitchell

Zero Degree Overlap directed by Zlatko Cosic


Four Way Stop directed by Efi da Silva

Sleep With Me directed by Brian Jun