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The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will return Nov. 3-13, 2016. Submissions are now open for the 2106 festival.
Below is information regarding the 2015 festival.

The countdown has officially ​begun. 

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival​ (SLIFF)​ launches on Nov. 5​. Join us​ for a globe-circling mission that explores the far corners of the cinematic universe.

Among the highlights of this year’s ​fest, ​​held Nov. 5-15, is a trio of programs featuring actor/writer/director Alex Winter, a former St. Louisan who receives the fest’s annual Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award. ​SLIFF blasts off with ​Winter’s documentary “Deep Web” on Nov. 5, and he’ll also accompany screenings of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” (on Nov. 6) and “Downloaded” (on Nov. 7).

​SLIFF will screen an unprecedented 447 films: 97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts. The fest also will feature seven special-event programs, including two free master classes and the closing-night party. This year’s festival has 270 screenings/programs, with 70 countries represented.

The fest will host more than 125 filmmakers and related guests, including honorees Winter (Charles Guggenheim Cinema St. Louis Award), Trent Harris (Contemporary Cinema Award), and Rosemary Rodriguez (Women in Film Award).

​P​rominent films at SLIFF include buzz movies “The 33,” “Anomalisa,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “I Saw the Light,” “Krisha,” “The Lady in the Van,” “Legend,” “Love the Coopers,” “Remember,” “Son of Saul,” and “Youth”; the locally made features “Cronies,” “Four Way Stop,” and “The Nameless”; and new works by such prominent directors as Les Blank, Atom Egoyan, Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway, Michel Hazanavicius, ​Hou ​Hsiao-​H​sien, Nicholas Hytner, Albert Maysles, Alice Rohrwacher, Paolo Sorrentino, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, and Apichatpong Weerasenthakul.

In our continuing response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, SLIFF again will feature a stream of programming entitled Race in America: The Black Experience. ​Two programs -- on our final weekend -- specifically address Ferguson. ​To maximize outreach, about half of ​the Race in America programs are free.

Program Schedule

Beginning October 28, the program schedule will be available at the Tivoli Theatre and is included with the weekly issue of the Riverfront Times. You can also download a low-res version of the program schedule.

SLIFF 2015 Program PDF

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Find the latest updates about the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Search the hashtag #STLFILMFEST for updates from attendees and filmmakers during the festival.

Cinema for Students

SLIFF offers free daytime screenings for children and teens from participating St. Louis-area schools during the festival. Educators and school administrators, find out more information about how you can bring unique and educational film programming to your students.