Public Media Commons Free Event

Cinema St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio are proud to co-present an outdoor screening of a selection of the award-winning short films from the 2018 St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) and 2018 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long sanctioned SLIFF's shorts competition as a pre-screening event for the Academy Awards (SLIFF is one of 85 sanctioned festivals around the world). The winners of the top four categories of SLIFF's juried shorts programming (Best of Fest, Best Animation, Best Live Action, and Best Documentary) are eligible to submit their films directly to the Academy for Oscar consideration.

The following short films will be screened during this event:

The Buck: Midwest Gully (Jun Bae, U.S., 2017, 19 minutes) Best Local Short Winner. Vandal and his Arch Maddnezz Fam introduce a new style of krumping; the Midwest Gully.

Death, Father & Son (Waltgenwitz Denis & Paronnaud Vincent, France, 2017, 14 minutes, animated) Best International Short Winner. Death's son, who doesn't want to take over the family business, secretly dreams of becoming a guardian angel.

Le Mans 1955 (Quentin Baillieux, France, 2018, 15 minutes, animated) Best Animated Short Winner. Recounting a tragic accident at Le Mans in 1955.

The Man Behind the Merferds (Josh Herum, U.S., 2017, 35 minutes) Best Local Subject Winner. Phil Berwick, a street artist in St. Louis, uses his paintings of Merferd — a bearded character he has been drawing for four decades — to carry a message of peace, hope, and love to some of the bleakest areas of the city.

The Puppy Trials (Becky Nicol & Thomas Nicol, U.S., 2017, 4 minutes) Best Short Short Winner. An old abandoned German shepherd teaches a group of puppies how to behave so they can get adopted; written by third-grader Claire Hartman.

Souls of Totality (Richard Raymond, U.S., 2018, 19 minutes) Best of Fest Short Winner. Lady 18 and Guy 3 are members of a cult that believes if they die during a solar eclipse their souls will be taken to paradise; stars Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black.”

Bring your folding chairs to watch the films outside on the two-story screen in the Public Media Commons. Food and drink will be available for purchase from area food trucks. In the case of rain, films will be shown inside the St. Louis Public Radio Community Room.