Special Events

Opening-Night Reception with Marriage Story

Tivoli Theatre 240 minutes

SLIFF’s opening night features one of the year’s most critically lauded films, “Marriage Story,” a dramedy from Oscar-nominated writer-director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Frances…

Master Class: Stop-Motion Animation with Brad Schiff

Webster U./Sverdrup 120 minutes

Native St. Louisan Brad Schiff is an Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for “Kubo and the Two Strings” and one of this year’s Cinema St. Louis Award honorees. He serves as the…

The Opera Bell Band with Narrative Shorts: Shoot (Film) and Score (Music)

Stage at KDHX 140 minutes

This evening of seven shorts — all with a musical component — is capped by a performance by the Opera Bell Band, whose whimsical stop-motion-animated film “Green Lemon Buggy” is featured in the…

Master Class: Cinematography with Peter Bolte

Webster U./Sverdrup 120 minutes

Peter Bolte, a native of the St. Louis area who recently moved back to the city from Brooklyn, is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. His cinematography credits include the new SLIFF-…

The Gateway Men’s Chorus with Gay Chorus Deep South

Tivoli Theatre 140 minutes

A performance by St. Louis’ own Gateway Men’s Chorus opens this special program featuring the documentary “Gay Chorus Deep South,” which was the Tribeca 2019 Audience Award winner. The film…

The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra with Sherlock Jr.

Webster U./Moore 90 minutes

St. Louis’ Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra — a longtime fest favorite — returns to SLIFF with original scores and live accompaniment for not one but two silent films: a classic Buster…

Master Class: Documentary with Frank Popper and Jim Kirchherr

Webster U./Sverdrup 120 minutes

Frank Popper and Jim Kirchherr have co-directed two documentary features that appeared at SLIFF: “Refugees,” an expanded cinéma vérité version of an episode of the PBS series “Homeland:…

NFF Coffee

Stage at KDHX 90 minutes

As part of the New Filmmakers Forum (NFF), SLIFF holds a conversation with the five participating directors: Van Maximilian Carlson (“Princess of the Row”), Svetlana Cvetko (“Show Me What You Got…

Master Class: Screenwriting with Paul Guyot

Webster U./Sverdrup 120 minutes

Paul Guyot spent 10 years working in Hollywood before his first paid writing job on the J.J. Abrams-created WB series “Felicity.” From there, he worked on multiple shows, including writing and…

St. Louis Superman

Missouri History Museum 90 minutes

Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan's much-lauded short documentary (U.S., 2019, 28 min.) — which debuted at Tribeca and is one of the first films from MTV’s new documentary division — profiles Bruce…

Closing-Night Party and Awards Presentation

Tivoli Theatre 180 minutes

The festival comes to a rousing conclusion with a free closing-night party — with complimentary wine and Urban Chestnut beers — at the Tivoli Theatre. The annual awards presentation follows in the…

Rawstock

Stage at KDHX 90 minutes

This celebration of the educational films of yesteryear — a co-presentation with Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive — makes its fifth consecutive appearance at SLIFF. Settle…