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.

42 Seconds Of Happiness


Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:00pm

A circle of friends reunite for a weekend away to celebrate the same-sex wedding of a member of their group. Despite their best efforts to behave, a series of surprise plans, unexpected arrivals, and exposed secrets lead to an explosion of drama that cannot be contained — especially when coupled with the flammable combination of hurt feelings, unresolved tensions, and copious wine. “42 Seconds of Happiness” is the feature directorial debut of Christina Kallas, a screenwriter-producer, book author, and adjunct professor of film at Columbia University. Her writing credits include the feature films “Mothers” (2010), which was selected as the Macedonian Oscar® entry for Best Foreign-Language Film, and “The Commissioner” (1998), starring John Hurt and Armin Mueller-Stahl, which appeared in competition at the Berlin Film Festival. “42 Seconds” is a product of the Kallas-founded Writers Improv Studio, which focuses on the art of improvisation as a method for writing.

95 min.

Directed by

Christina Kallas



Film Category

American Indie Spotlight New Filmmakers Forum QFest LGBTQ Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


Family Issues LGBTQ Women’s Issues


With director Kallas.

Sponsored by

Joni Tackette Casting and John & Diane Kalishman