Closing-Night Party and Awards Presentation
The festival concludes with a free closing-night party at the Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery and Bierhall. The fest’s prize-winning films are announced, and complimentary UCBC beers and Broadside Winery wines are served. Tribeca Film Institute kicks off the awards program with the announcement of the winner of the IF/Then Documentary Short Pitch Competition, which features a $20,000 prize. SLIFF then presents its juried-competition awards: the Interfaith Awards for Best Documentary and Best Narrative, the Midrash St. Louis Film Award, the NFF Emerging Director Award (“The Bobbie”), the Shorts Awards, and the St. Louis Film Critics’ Joe Pollack Award (for Best Narrative) and Joe Williams Award (for Best Documentary). The festivities conclude with SLIFF’s audience-choice awards: the Leon Award for Best Documentary, the TV5MONDE Award for Best International Film, and the Best Film Award.