Below is information regarding the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival. The 2017 festival will take place Nov. 2-12, 2017. Submissions are now open.

Free Events

Saturday, November 12 at 12:30pm

As 12-year-old Adama is about to experience his boyhood rite of passage, he and his brother’s lives are changed forever. Adama lives in a remote African village,... Read more

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

As the civil-rights, Black Power, and anti-Vietnam War movements made national headlines in the late 1960s, another, less-known struggle for inclusion was taking... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 4:00pm
Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Twenty years after the war, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to struggle with little help from those in power. In one small mountain town, however, an unorthodox... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 1:00pm

Cathy (Clarisse Djuroski), a child of divorce, receives a typically quirky gift from her largely absent father: a duck egg to hatch. Told that the bird will imprint... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Washington University graduate Jun Bae profiles Bob Hansman, a beloved architecture professor at the school. In its portrait of a white man with a black son, the... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm

“Bogdan’s Journey” is a story about conflict and reconciliation, about contemporary Poland and its Jewish past. Kielce, Poland, was the site of Europe’s last Jewish... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 3:00pm

“Camden: Love/Hate” follows six teenagers from Camden, N.J., as they document the story of their city, from the glory days of the postwar boom to today’s violent... Read more

Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm

Spike Lee's modern-day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, “Chi-Raq” is set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 4:00pm

“The Children of the Noon” begins as a beautifully shot and composed observational work that quietly documents the goings-on at an orphanage in the Kenyan village... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 8:00pm

The festival concludes with a free closing-night party at the Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall. The fest’s prize-winning films are announced, and... Read more

Friday, November 11 at 5:00pm
Friday, November 4 at 5:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Monday, November 7 at 5:00pm
Tuesday, November 8 at 5:00pm
Friday, November 4 at 5:05pm
Sunday, November 6 at 3:30pm

SLIFF honors Gordon Quinn with the Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary. Quinn is co-founder of the Chicago documentary... Read more

Thursday, November 10 at 5:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

Many St. Louisans likely have dim memories of the 2001 murder of Columbia (Mo.) Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. But for the Ferguson family, that tragic event... Read more

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm

In the world of competitive stepping, the Gentlemen of Vision are the ones to beat. Offstage, the teen members of GOV — as the team is known — are growing up in the... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 6:30pm

SLIFF honors screenwriter Brian Hohlfeld with a Cinema St. Louis Award and screens his delightful 1991 feature “He Said, She Said,” which pleasingly evokes the... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 4:15pm

A new adaptation of the beloved children’s books by Johanna Spyri, “Heidi” is set in 19th-century Switzerland. Five-year-old orphan Heidi (Anuk Steffen) is sent to... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

Providing moving proof that love knows no borders, “Indivisible” chronicles the very real plight of the people at the heart of our nation’s immigration debate.... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Since his earliest days, SLIFF Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jerry Lewis had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches, and signature... Read more

Sunday, November 6 at 1:30pm

SLIFF honors legendary filmmaker Charles Burnett with a Lifetime Achievement Award and screens a pair of his finest works — “Killer of Sheep” and the new... Read more

Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” is the first feature documentary about the world-renowned writer, performer, and activist. This richly textured film provides a... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm

A touching story of friendship, struggle, and triumph, “Men in the Arena” follows the journey of two friends on the Somali national soccer team who face impossible... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 12:00pm

The stories that “Milwaukee 53206” tells reflect a common way of life for millions of households across the nation — the tragic result of a uniquely American era of... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 1:00pm

“Night School” examines adult education and the dropout epidemic plaguing inner-city America. The film provides an inside look at a cutting-edge high school located... Read more

Sunday, November 6 at 7:00pm

On Valentine's Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high-school friends. It was supposed to... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 2:15pm

SLIFF celebrates the comic genius of Jerry Lewis with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Family Arena in St. Charles hosts the major event, “... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 3:00pm

In the heartwarming "Oddball," eccentric chicken farmer Allan “Swampy” Marsh (Shane Jacobson), with the help of granddaughter Olivia (Coco Jack Gillies), trains his... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 10:00am

The centerpiece of a free master class on fair use and copyright, “Other People’s Footage” explores the three questions crucial to determining fair-use exemptions.... Read more

Friday, November 4 at 7:30pm

In the spring of 2000, the federal judges of the Eastern District of Missouri selected Doug Burris as the new chief probation officer and charged him with reversing... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

This inspiring documentary profiles international peacemaker Padraig O'Malley, who helps make peace for others but struggles to find it for himself. The film... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 2:15pm

“Phantom Boy,” the highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award®-nominated writers and directors of “A Cat in Paris,” is a stylish noir caper, set in the... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 4:30pm

An essential documentary, Brett Story’s incisive and wide-ranging “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” critically examines the prison system and its place — social,... Read more

Sunday, November 6 at 12:00pm

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” tells the story of the... Read more

Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Raising Bertie” is an intimate portrait of three African-American boys coming of age in rural North Carolina. Set in Bertie County, a rural African-American-led... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 7:30pm

Director Rebecca Carpenter’s father, Lew Carpenter, was a world-championship running back for Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. When he dies, her family receives... Read more

Friday, November 11 at 6:30pm

In commemoration of Veterans’ Day, SLIFF offers a double bill of films — a narrative and a documentary — that address the devastating effects of PTSD on returning... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm
Saturday, November 12 at 6:30pm

A former exchange student at UMSL — his doc short “Harvard Man” appeared at the 2014 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase — director Hari Secic returns to St. Louis with... Read more

Sunday, November 6 at 6:30pm

“Show Me Democracy” asks: Can a small group of young people make a difference in complex and imperfect systems? Following the advocacy and activist efforts of seven... Read more

Saturday, November 5 at 12:00pm

A collection of shorts that's perfect for the whole family.

Saturday, November 12 at 12:00pm

A collection of shorts, both animated and live action, aimed at our 10- to 15-year-old festival friends.

Saturday, November 12 at 12:00pm

“Southern Rites” highlights the entrenched racial divides and vestiges of racism that stubbornly persist in Montgomery County, Ga. The film follows filmmaker... Read more

Saturday, November 12 at 1:00pm

The Trans List, directed by portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and featuring interviews by trans author and advocate Janet Mock,... Read more

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm

“Two Trains Runnin’ — featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr. — both pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians and cuts to the heart of our present moment... Read more

Sunday, November 6 at 4:00pm

SLIFF presents a program of new and recent experimental videos, including four new works never seen in St. Louis, by Webster U. professor Van... Read more

Friday, November 11 at 7:30pm

A documentary complement to “The Sand Box,” “When War Comes Home” focuses on the lives of three soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The men soon... Read more