The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

Special Events

Opening-Night Reception with Bad Grandmas

Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30pm

SLIFF’s opening night features the world premiere of “Bad Grandmas,” a St. Louis-shot comedy by co-writer/director Srikant Chellappa and co-writer Jack Snyder, the... Read more

Tribute to Pam Grier with Jackie Brown

Friday, Nov. 3 at 8:00pm

SLIFF pays tribute to the legendary Pam Grier, star of such blaxploitation classics as “Foxy Brown” and “Coffy,” and presents her with the fest’s annual Women in... Read more

Master Class: 20 Easy Ways to Ruin Your Great Indie Film

Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1:00pm

It has been said that wise people learn from their own mistakes but that smart people learn from the mistakes of others. In that helpful spirit, this humorous and... Read more

Master Class: Directing an Indie Film

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1:00pm

Award-winning filmmaker Dan Mirvish will lead a master class in indie-film directing. In a fun, participatory workshop, Dan will focus on a wide range of relevant... Read more

Traditional-Jazz Performance with Mr. Handy's Blues

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 7:00pm

Joanne Fish’s “Mr. Handy’s Blues” chronicles the life of William Christopher Handy, known affectionately worldwide as the Father of the Blues. Handy’s trajectory to... Read more

An Evening with Tom Shipley of Brewer & Shipley

Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30pm

St. Louis filmmaker Kathy Corley is nearing completion of a feature documentary on the folk-rock duo Brewer & Shipley, whose Top 10 hit “One Toke Over the Line... Read more

Master Class: Reconstructing Reality

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:00am

Directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest and executive producer Jeff Truesdell — the filmmakers behind the St. Louis-shot “For Ahkeem,” which screens at... Read more

Master Class: Suspense with a Camera

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2:00pm

Film scholar Jeffrey Michael Bays — who attended Webster U. before earning his M.A. in cinema from La Trobe University — brings the secrets of suspense out of the... Read more

NFF Coffee

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 11:00am

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Morgan Dameron (“Different Flowers”), Harris Doran (“... Read more

Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2:00pm

Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Short Documentary Pitch Competition Award Announced

Tribeca Film Institute, in partnership with SLIFF,... Read more


Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6:00pm

Is your wife always two steps ahead of you? Are you not sure what’s a fact anymore? Do you struggle with specificity in your writing? If you answered yes to any of... Read more

The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra with The Blot

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 7:30pm

The pioneering Lois Weber was one of the first women to direct films, and SLIFF pays tribute to the filmmaker by screening a recent restoration of her silent “The... Read more

Closing-Night Party and Awards Presentation

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 8:00pm

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... Read more

Special Events

First Fridays: STL Filmmakers Showcase Sampler

Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:00pm

As part of First Fridays in Grand Center, the Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis Public Radio, and Cinema St. Louis present the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase Sampler at the Nine Network of Public Media in the Monsanto Studio at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.... Read More

Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Short Documentary Program

Tuesday, Sep. 12 at 7:00pm

The 26th Whitaker St Louis International Film Festival (held from Nov. 2-12, 2017) is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Tribeca Film Institute to stimulate the art of short-form documentary storytelling.

Calling all filmmakers living and working... Read More

Video Loops at Central Library

Saturday, Sep. 30 at 12:30pm

Experimental Cinema at Central Library returns in 2017 with an all-day interactive event on Saturday, Sept. 30. Central Library and Cinema St. Louis invite St. Louis-area filmmakers to create short, silent works of video art that bear repeating.

"1984" Screening and Panel

Tuesday, Apr. 4 at 6:30pm

Cinema St. Louis joins more than 90 art-house movie theaters and film organizations across the country in a National Screening Day of “1984” (Michael Radford, U.K., 1984, 111 min.). The screenings will occur in 81 cities, which are located in 35... Read More